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Fast & Furious 7: Shrewd, Silly, Joyous Fare

Shrewdly manipulative, but very well-directed, “Furious 7,” the latest (final?) chapter of the hit franchise that began some fifteen years ago, is diverting enough to overcome its silly tale, thematic shortcomings, and one-dimensional characters.

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Almodovar: Silencio, Female-Driven Tale, in Production

The Spanish actresses Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte will head “Silencio,” Pedro Almodóvar’s next film, a “female universe drama,” charting one woman’s life between 1985 and the present-day. “Silencio” will go into production in May, shooting over much of Spain. Ugarte, who broke through with 2013 period TV series “The Time In Between,” and Suarez, […]

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Oscar 2015: Back to Five Best Picture Nominees?

The Hollywood Reporter investigates: How many best picture nominees should there be? Five? Ten?

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SPECTRE – Teaser

Directed by Sam Mendes. Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, and Ralph Fiennes. Columbia Pictures releasing on November 6, 2015. Share this:

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Cannes Film Fest 2015: Strong American Presence–Variety Reports

According to Variety’s analysis today, the upcoming 2015 Cannes Film Fest, running from May 13- 24, should have strong American presence,

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Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2015: Angelina Jolie–Different Is Good

Different is good. Don’t fit in. Don’t sit still. Don’t ever try to do less than you are–Angelina Jolie

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Fast & Furious 7: Shrewd, Silly, Joyous Fare

Shrewdly manipulative, but very well-directed, “Furious 7,” the latest (final?) chapter of the hit franchise that began some fifteen years ago, is diverting enough to overcome its silly tale, thematic shortcomings, and one-dimensional characters.

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Furious 7: Reviewing the Cars

I was excited about the off-road sequence. That’s something I’ve been pushing for over the years.

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John Wayne: I Owe My Entire Career to John Ford–Part Two

I’d like to get up on house steps and shout out what I owe to that guy. I simply owe him every mouthful I eat, every dollar I’ve got and practically every bit of happiness I know, that’s all–John Wayne

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American Film Criticism: Art Form Born in 1955

Modern American film criticism was born in 1955: Sarris and Kael were described as the Tracy and Hepburn of criticism due to their witty writing, heated debates, and making the profession relevant and sexy.