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Inferno Review

Weak

Since novelist Dan Brown wrote a new thriller featuring the symbologist Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard have reteamed to bring it to the big screen. But this second sequel to The Da Vinci Code feels like a pale imitation of the original. Gone are the clever, fake-academic revelations and rather wacky action antics, and in their place are clues that feel utterly irrelevant, accompanied by fights and chases that are incoherent.

At least it opens well, with Langdon (Hanks) waking up in a Florence hospital without a clue how he got to Italy. Then when a sexy cop (Ana Ularu) tries to kill him, Robert's hot doctor Sienna (Felicity Jones) helps him escape. She also has an unusual knowledge of antiquities, so she travels with him to figure out why he's being chased by the police, an army of World Health Organisation officials (led by Sidse Babett Knudsen), a man (Omar Sy) leading a team of violent goons and a shady businessman (Irrfan Khan). Robert traces all of these shenanigans to the recently deceased billionaire anarchist Bertrand (Ben Foster), who was plotting to release a virus that would kill off half of mankind to halt overpopulation. Is his plan still going forward? Can Robert stop it in time? The next clues are in Venice and then Istanbul.

The settings are gorgeous, and Howard knows how to use them to pack the film with old world elegance. But while David Koepp's script keeps the mayhem moving along whether or not it makes any sense, Howard directs everything at a glacial pace. So it looks like Hanks is in danger of falling asleep at any time, even in the middle of a car chase. There's also the problem that the central premise is utterly preposterous: if you're planning a terrorist attack that will kill four billion people, would you take the time to set it up as an elaborate scavenger hunt? And it doesn't help that everyone in the movie seems untrustworthy. The script sorts the good from the bad as it goes along, but it never matters.

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Ben Foster Is Cast In Hostiles


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Ben Foster has been cast in 'Hostiles'.

The 35-year-old American actor is set to star alongside Christian Bale, 42, in Scott Cooper's tale, which is set in 1892, and follows the story of an army captain who is forced to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief to his tribal land.

The forthcoming production will be just the second time the pair have worked together, after co-starring together in the 2007 blockbuster '3:10 to Yuma'.

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Inferno Trailer


Professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital feeling terrible and suffering from serious nightmares. His dreams are lifelike and appear to predict a vicious and unprecedented attack on humanity. As the professor begins to come around, his nurse, Sienna, is on hand to treat his head injuries and inform him of his concussion and the side effects he might experience.

Before he can fully understand what brought him to Italy - Langdon's last memories were from Harvard University - a woman enters the hospital and kills the professor's doctor.  With the help of Sienna, Robert escapes and the pair retreat to Sienna's apartment. Whilst searching his pockets Langdon finds a vile with a hazardous label on it.

The vile is the start of Langdon's latest mission, he must find the source of a deadly virus that is thought to be capable of killing half the world's population. Without knowing who's on his side, it looks like Langdon is being hunted by multiple organisations all wishing to cash in on the powerful weapon.

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Inferno - First Look Trailer


Inferno comes as the third in the series of Ron Howard's film interpretations of Dan Brown's highly successful novels (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code) and sees Tom Hanks returning to his role as Robert Langdon, a Harvard University Professor. This time Langdon is accompanied by Dr. Sienna Brooks played by Felicity Jones. The film sees its main protagonist Langdon being at the centre of a manhunt.

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Warcraft: The Beginning Trailer


Azeroth is a beautiful and civilized kingdom, it's human inhabitants are goverend by their much loved king, King Llane Wrynn. When a mysterious porthole is opened up between Azeroth and the orc world of Draenor, the civilians of Azeroth are left fearing for their life. The Orcs face extinction from their old world and the humans know they will bring destruction of their own should they find a home in Azeroth.

As war spreads across the land, the king seeks advisal from his most powerful knights to decide what action to take to protect the capital. The king is dubious about the Orcs abilities, they huge creatures but are known more for their brutish ways than their  intelligence. Anduin Lothar is the kings highest knight and feels there's a far deeper problem than first thought. Anudin and a small group of fighters must find a way to put an end to the battle before their land is lost for good.

Warcraft: The Beginning is based Blizzard Entertainment's online role-playing game and features some of the characters seen in the games.

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The Program Pushed Ben Foster To The Limit


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Foster transformed his entire physique to play Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' new biopic The Program. And Foster admits that he didn't know much about the cyclist beforehand. "I knew he was the greatest at one point, and I knew he was considered a liar," Foster says. "but I had no preconceptions. On one hand, he's a lying doper who tricked the world. On the other, he's a young man who faced cancer. It changes you. And when you go to war it changes you. That's what Lance did: he went to war with his body. That shifts your consciousness."

The Program was initially titled The Cycling Project

Foster was determined to tell Armstrong's story as accurately as possible, without judgement. "He's a smart man," Foster says. "He said, 'I can do some good with this,' and raised half a billion for cancer research! We just don't like him because he was Jesus Christ on a bicycle. We're mad he came back from the dead, saved the sick and then turned out to be full of s**t. And we're punishing him because he didn't apologise in the way we'd like."

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The Finest Hours Review

Excellent

With its rousing, old-fashioned tone, this fact-based epic is properly thrilling and inspirational, a tale of heroism that almost seems too good to be true. But it's the astonishing story of a real sea rescue carried out by ordinary men who rose to the challenge. It's also expertly directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) to bring out subtle character detail amid the exhilarating action.

The events took place in a sleepy Massachusetts fishing town in the dead of winter 1952, where Bernie (Chris Pine) is an earnest Coast Guard sailor who has just agreed to marry his strong-willed sweetheart Miriam (Holliday Grainger). Then one night a fierce storm breaks an oil tanker in half just off the coast, and Bernie is sent by his aloof commander Daniel (Eric Bana) to lead a rescue mission. He takes his colleague Richard (Ben Foster) and two young crewmen (Kyle Gallner and John Magaro) with him, heading into the dangerous sea swells. Meanwhile on the tanker's still-floating stern section, engineer Ray (Casey Affleck) becomes the leader of a cantankerous 32-man crew, steering the wreckage toward the relative safety of a shoal. And in these conditions, the odds are in nobody's favour.

Unusually, despite pitch-black conditions with driving rain and swelling seas, the on-screen action is crisp and clear. Gillespie uses vivid effects and clever camerawork to keep the audience right in the thick of things, conveying a vivid sense of scale while detailing the connections between each string of events. And because we understand what's happening and who these people are, the set-pieces are literally breathtaking. This is partially due to the fact that these are normal people who are very easy to identify with, from Pine's inarticulate but tenacious sailor to Affleck's reluctant natural leader. Intriguingly, Grainger's Miriam is the film's feistiest character, a woman who simply can't sit still and wait for news.

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Warcraft Trailer


After years of peace, dark forces fall upon the world of Azeroth as it stands on the brink of war, when their civilisation is faced with invasion from the fearsome Orc warriors.

With their homeland of Draenor dying, the Orc race has only one chance of survival, to flee their home and attempt to colonise in another world. But as war breaks out the Dark Portal opens to connect the two worlds, with the human army facing destruction and the Orcs battling extinction.

From opposite sides, two heroes, Anduin Lothar, leader of the humans, and Durotan, leader of the orcs, are sent on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

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Robin Wright Reportedly Calls Off Engagement To Ben Foster


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A mere ten months after Robin Wright confirmed she was engaged to actor Ben Foster, the couple have allegedly called off their engagement.

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Robin Wright and Ben Foster have called off their engagement.

Read More: The Congress Trailer: Robin Wright Sells Her Whole Self To Save Her Son.

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'Lone Survivor' Leaves Critics Doubting Its Awards Chances: Review Round-Up


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Lone Survivor is director Peter Berg's attempt at turning former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's harrowing tale of survival inside enemy territory into a major motion picture, one that initially looked as though it had a very serious claim for Oscar recognition come March. With the film due for a wide release at the end of January, there were hopes that the new Hurt Locker or Argo had arrived, but in the first round of reviews critics have't been left as blown away as initially hoped.

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Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch star in Lone Survivor

Starring Mark Wahlberg alongside Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster, the film recalls the botched 2005 covert mission to neutralised an area in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan that had fallen under the rule of a high-ranking Taliban official. Adapted from the real, best-selling account from Luttrell, played by Wahlberg in the film, the film has so far split movie critics between loving and loathing the it and ultimately its once clear-looking chances of potential Oscar recognition are looking less and less likely.

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Ben Foster and Robin Wright - Universal Pictures Presents Lone Survivor at The Ziegfeld Theater - NYC, New York, United States - Tuesday 3rd December 2013

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Ben Foster and Robin Wright - New York premiere of 'Lone Survivor' at Ziegfeld Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals - New York City, United States - Tuesday 3rd December 2013

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Ben Foster and Robin Wright

First Look: Ben Foster As Lance Armstrong, What Do We Think? [Picture]


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The first look at Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears's untitled biopic has rolled out online, showing the young American actor tearing through a likely French street in his recognisable Postal Service colours.

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Foster - who recently starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings - leads the cast as drug cheat Armstrong, while Chris O'Dowd plays journalist David Walsh. There's even an appearance from Jesse Plemons who Breaking Bad fans will recognise as Todd. 

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Ben Foster Playing Lance Armstrong Alongside Chris O'Dowd In Cycling Biopic


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The remarkable story of the rise and fall of cyclist Lance Armstrong will be translated in a new feature-length biopic directed by Stephen Frears. The glory of Armstrong's triumph over testicular cancer and subsequent Tour de France wins in the 90s has been overshadowed by the shame that accompanied him being stripped of all seven of his consecutive titles last year due to doping evidence.

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Ben Foster To Play Lance Armstrong.

The movie will chart Armstrong's rise and fall as a sportsman as well as the vociferous work of journalist David Walsh to expose doping within the sport. Written by regular Danny Boyle collaborator John Hodge ('Trance'), the movie will be based on Walsh's book, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.

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Ben Foster To Play Lance Armstrong In Biopic, Chris O'Dowd, His Nemesis, David Walsh


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Ben Foster will play the part of Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frear’s biopic, and he will be joined by Chris O’Dowd, who’ll play journalist David Walsh, who campaigned tirelessly to expose the biggest cheating scandal in the world of sport, Deadline report.

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Ben Foster and Chris O'Dowd will both star in the untitled biopic

Foster, while bearing a resemblance to the disgraced cyclist, has seen his reputation grow of late with performances in Kill Your Darlings – alongside Daniel Radcliffe - and Lone Survivor, which also stars Mark Wahlberg. The Irish actor O’Dowd has become a household name stateside due to his performances in Bridesmaids and the popular sitcom, Girls.

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Kill Your Darlings Trailer


Allen Ginsberg is a Beat Generation writer, with no idea that his venture to New York to attend Columbia University will hold more than just a promising future career-wise. It's there that he meets Lucien Carr; a slightly unhinged but ambitious, intelligent and extremely good looking fellow student who enjoys wild partying with his wealthy friend  William Burroughs and, later, Jack Kerouac. As Allen and Lucien become closer, the latter's much older friend - a professor named David Kammerer - becomes increasingly jealous, threatening Allen who discovers that he has been following Lucien from city to city over a few years. Although Allen insists that they must find a way to prevent this incessant stalking, he is deeply shocked when David's body is discovered in the Hudson River, with Lucien held as prime suspect for stabbing him to death. Allen now faces a dilemma; to either use his skills in writing to make sure his friend is liberated, or reveal what he now believes is the truth to all.

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Ben Foster, Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan - Film stills from 'Kill Your Darlings' in theaters October 16, 2013 - Tuesday 20th March 2012

Ain't Them Bodies Saints Review


Very Good

Although set in the 1970s, this dramatic thriller has a distinctly Western vibe to it, digging into the darker emotional corners of characters who are trying to make it through life on their own terms. It's moody and evocative, focussing on internal feelings rather that big action beats, so it feels dreamlike and a bit sleepy. And also strangely mesmerising.

When we meet Bob and Ruth (Affleck and Mara), they're hopelessly in love. She knows he's not good for her, but she's pregnant so makes the most of it. Short of cash in rural Texas, they plot a messy bank robbery, during which he injures police officer Patrick (Foster) and is sent to prison. Four years later, she's now living on her own with her young daughter, watched over by Bob's old mentor Skerritt (Carradine). But she's also struck up an awkward friendship with Patrick. So when Bob escapes from prison and comes back for her, he's in for a rather nasty shock.

Writer-director Lowery uses striking visuals and minimalistic dialog, shooting scenes with an unexpected sensuality to explore each point where these people interact. Everything is understated (the title is never explained at all), which allows the actors to give delicate, transparent performances that catch us off guard with their honesty. Affleck, Mara and Foster are fascinatingly complicated as three parts of an untidy triangle that only hints at romance. Carradine adeptly provides both wit and gravity to his scenes, while Parker gives a beautiful performance as Bob's reluctant buddy.

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Ben Foster - IFC Films and Downtown Calvin Klein with The Cinema Society present a special screening of 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' at The MOMA - New York, United States - Tuesday 13th August 2013

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Mark Wahlberg Is 'The Lone Survivor' In Peter Berg's New Film [Trailer]


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Based on Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, the book by Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor sees Mark Wahlberg (Lutrell), Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster go after a wanted Taliban leader.

The mission is plunged into hot water when an unsuspecting child gets caught in the middle. The group are faced with a dilemma: kill the unarmed kid, who appears to be transporting livestock across the arid land, or let him go and risk him being an informant, essentially placing them – a four man squad – at the mercy of two hundred men.

Like many trailers, this one gives away a fair chunk of the plot; for instance, the kid is a little spy, and he does indeed draw attention to the presence and whereabouts of our understaffed US Navy Seal squad. In turn, they are involved in what becomes an escape mission, outnumbered and outgunned.

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Lone Survivor Trailer


Marcus Luttrell is a member of Navy SEAL Team 10 during a military mission dubbed Operation Red Wings. He and three other SEALs, team leader Lieutenant Mike Murphy, Petty Officer Danny Dietz and Petty Officer Matt Axelson, are charged with reconnaissance and surveillance of brutal Senior Taliban Commander Ahmad Shah and his group of men in the operation which plans to capture or kill him following his killing around 20 marines in the previous weeks. However, it soon becomes obvious that the mission is compromised when Shah's 'small' group of men appears to be more of an army and, when the SEALs attempted to launch a surprise attack on a small group in a nearby woodland, they are forced to liberate them when they realise they are civilians in spite of the obvious danger. When the SEALs find themselves ambushed, they are forced to do everything in their power to protect one another.

'Lone Survivor' is a new war drama based on a true story documented in the book 'Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10' by the real Marcus Luttrell. It has been directed and written by Peter Berg ('Hancock', 'The Kingdom', 'Battleship') and is set for UK release on February 21st 2014.

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Ben Foster - The England football team hold a training session in Rio de Janeiro ahead of their friendly match against Brazil tonight (1June13) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Friday 31st May 2013

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Ben Foster and Robin Wright - 28th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 5th May 2013

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Ben Foster and Robin Wright
Ben Foster and Robin Wright
Ben Foster and Robin Wright
Ben Foster and Robin Wright

Ben Foster - Broadway opening night after party for "Orphans" held at the ESpace. - New York, NY, United States - Wednesday 17th April 2013

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Ben Foster, Tom Sturridge and Alec Baldwin

Ben Foster - Curtain call for the Broadway play 'Orphans' at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 19th April 2013

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Tom Sturridge, Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster
Tom Sturridge, Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster
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Alec Baldwin Feels Let Down By Shia LaBeouf Over Email Fiasco


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Actor Alec Baldwin had voiced his disappointment at his would be Broadway co-star Shia LaBeouf after the Transformers actor posted private emails between the two online via his Twitter account.

LaBeouf decided that he would no longer be taking part in the upcoming Broadway play Orphans earlier this week and sent a email to Baldwin, director Daniel Sullivan and playwright Lyle Kessler outlining his split-second decision to leave the production. Perhaps against his better judgement, LaBeouf then posted the whole exchange on to his Twitter feed last Wednesday (Feb 20) as he attempted to make the same apologetic appeal to the fans he may have disappointed by dropping out of the project.

In his email Shia mentions his "part of a dis-agreeable (sic) situation," to which Sulivan responds "You're one hell of a great actor. Alec is who he is. you are who you are. you two are incompatible. i should have known it. this one will haunt me. you tried to warn me. you said you were a different breed. i didn't get it."

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Cheap At Twice The Price, Daniel Radcliffe's Kill Your Darlings Acquired For Less Than $2m


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The Daniel Radcliffe movie Kill Your Darlings is sweeping the Sundance Film Festival acquiring mountains of fans in the process and plenty of good press. Despite its being its young director's feature directorial debut, John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings has garnered an impressive cast, which makes it all the more surprising that Sony Classic Distribution (SPC) managed to nab it for a little shy of $2m, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Kill Your Darlings has its basis in the pre-roots of the beat generation. Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe) gets caught up in a murder which results in a friendship forming between Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. It is also something of a bildungsroman and a sexual awakening story as a Ginsberg is drawn in by his "impossibly cool and boyishly handsome classmate", Lucien Carr. Starring alongside  Radcliffe, are Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen. So far, the script and the casting has been to the film's credit and it's received almost unanimously positive reviews thus far. SPC's investment was almost certainly well worth it.

Speaking about their acquisition, (SPC) praised Krockidas: "This is an amazing movie, a great American drama, thriller, and perfect evocation of New York in the 1940's as you have never seen on screen before,' they said in a statement. "With an ensemble cast that is truly mind-blowing led by Daniel Radcliffe in a profoundly moving performance as Allen Ginsberg, we are witnessing the birth of a major new American filmmaker." 

Ben Foster - Celebrities arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City UT United States Monday 21st January 2013

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Kill Your Darlings, Featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Premiers At Sundance Film Festival


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Daniel Radcliffe has been working really hard in the past couple of years, trying to shed every last bit of that Harry Potter fame.

His latest film, Kill Your Darlings, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Radcliffe portrays the late beat poet Alan Ginsberg, in 1944 when a murder brings him together with fellow writers and college classmates William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). An indie film you say? With writers as the main characters? If that isn’t hipster bait at its finest, we don’t know what is. Then again, the film does look like a big departure for Radcliffe, who recently discussed the experience of filming the gay sex scene in the film.

"It was something new," Radcliffe explains at the Kill after party. “But you know what, we shot that whole scene in maybe an hour and a half so it was incredibly fast-paced. I didn't really have time to stop to think and worry about it."

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Ben Foster - Celebrities arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City Utah United States Thursday 17th January 2013

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Hot Tickets! US Movie Releases: Jessica Chastain Stars In Creepy Thriller 'Mama,' Arnie Makes A Comeback In 'The Last Stand,' Mark Wahlberg's 'Broken City' Is A Doozy


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With Jessica Chastain nominated for an Oscar for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. Her presence in Mama, alone, should be enough to generate interest in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest supernatural thriller. Anyone expecting a Zero Dark Thirty-style action drama, though, will be sorely disappointed. And possibly a little scared.

Chastain plays the role of Annabel, a woman who welcomes her partner’s abandoned nieces into her home. They are traumatised and clearly disturbed. Annabel seems unsure whether or not she’s ready to look after them. Little does she know, however, that she’s opened the doors of her home to more than just the two young girls, who disappeared the day that their mother was murdered by their father. More of a psychological horror than a guts-n-gore kind of movie, del Toro knows exactly how to get inside the viewer’s mind and linger there, with his superb use of special effects and the kind of suspense tactics that will require the surgical removal of your fingers from the cinema seat by the time the movie’s over.

“Mama succeeds in scaring the wits out of us and leaving some lingering, deeply creepy images ...” Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times 

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Ben Foster Tuesday 11th September 2012 New York Premiere of 'The Master' at the Zigfield Theater

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Ben Foster, Robin Wright and Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Ben Foster, Robin Wright Los Angeles, California - at the AFI Fest 2011 screening of Rampart Saturday 5th November 2011

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Robin Wright, Ben Foster and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Ben Foster and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Robin Wright, Ben Foster and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Ben Foster and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Ben Foster and Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Ben Foster Saturday 15th October 2011 The BFI London Film Festival: 'Rampart' film premiere held at the View Leicester Square. London, England

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The Messenger Review


Excellent
Another dark, gloomy drama about home life during wartime, this film features some seriously great performances and a theme that will resonate powerfully with thoughtful audiences.

Will (Foster) is just out of military hospital after being injured while serving in Iraq; his relationship with his girlfriend (Malone) is strained, and he's not happy about his new assignment informing families about the deaths of loved ones in the warzone. His mentor for the job is the jaded Tony (Harrelson), who survives by maintaining his distance from the families: "Don't touch the NOK" (next of kin), he tells Will. But Will can't help but reach out to them, and one widow (Morton) makes a particularly strong impression on him.

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Ben Foster - Ben Foster, Guest Tuesday 25th January 2011 at Arclight Cineramadome Los Angeles, California

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Ben Foster - Saturday 22nd January 2011 at Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah

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The Mechanic Trailer


Some of the biggest criminals believe they're untouchable, it's Arthur Bishop's job to get to and kill anyone who's become a problem. Terrorists, cop killers and gang leaders are just some of the targets Arthur is assigned to take out quickly and efficiently.

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Ben Foster and Green Day Tuesday 20th April 2010 The opening night after party for 'Green Day's American Idiot' held at the Roseland - Arrivals. New York City, USA

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Ben Foster and Green Day

Ben Foster Saturday 3rd April 2010 Celebrities leave the MEN Arena to attend David Haye's fight after party at Bijou Club Manchester, England

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Ben Foster Saturday 16th January 2010 arrives to the BAFTA/LA Awards Season Tea Party 2010 at the Beverly Hills Hotel Beverly Hills, California

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Ben Foster Friday 15th January 2010 Celebrities arrive at Chateau Marmont for a cocktail party to celebrate the Golden Globe Awards Los Angeles, California

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Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson - Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson New York City, USA - The New York premiere of 'The Messenger' held at Clearview's Chelsea Cinema Sunday 8th November 2009

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The Messenger Trailer


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Pandorum Trailer


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30 Days Of Night Review


Bad
30 Days of Night amounts to two hours of missed opportunities.

Director David Slade crams Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's unusual graphic novel through the modern-horror meat grinder, falling back on tiresome flash cuts, routine audio screeches, and an abundance of artificial gore.

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3:10 To Yuma Review


OK
Based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, a writer known more for loan sharks and confidence men than ruthless bandits and old-soul lawmen, 3:10 to Yuma originally sold Glenn Ford as slick outlaw Ben Wade and Van Heflin as Dan Evans, the rancher burdened with delivering Wade to a prison train heading to Yuma. Directed in 1957 by Delmer Daves, the original was a perversely intimate piece of rawhide for a genre that already prided itself on its strange seclusion.

Fit for our time, Evans is now played by master of reticence Christian Bale and Wade is now played by a rough-and-tumble Russell Crowe with just the right hint of sadism. Evans' cathartic mission to get Wade on the train to the gallows now spans three days rather than one, and Bale's cavalry includes Alan Tudyck and Peter Fonda. To give room for the new additions, director James Mangold stretches Daves' film from its airtight 90-minute runtime to a full two hours, throwing in a father-and-son angle and a chase through a railroad path being built by Chinese laborers. The man who keeps the Chinese in line? Luke Wilson, of course.

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The Punisher (2004) Review


Bad
Over the course of two hours, the Punisher, Marvel Comics' black-clad antihero (played by Thomas Jane -- now rebranded as "Tom Jane") kills more people than cardiovascular disease. Bad guys get their head split in two, knives in the throat, and shot in all kinds of sensitive places. So, why will action junkies, like myself, feel like they've been duped? Read on.

The plot stars promisingly enough. Frank Castle (Jane, *61, The Sweetest Thing) is an FBI undercover agent, the kind of guy who's so good that the Bureau moves him around for his own protection. At his final job in Tampa, he busts up a major weapons deal that kills the son of powerful crime lord Howard Saint (poor, poor John Travolta).

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Hostage Review


Bad
Near the end of this chaotic and clichéd movie, Bruce Willis' character is told, "The less you know, the better." While he may be better off not knowing a damn thing, we would be better off knowing something about this film. Hostage is predicated on an interesting concept, but it is quickly lost with the familiar, violence-heavy plot that typifies below average thrillers.

Willis plays Jeff Talley, a former LAPD hostage negotiator who resigns his guilt-ridden, big city post for a quiet, safe position as chief of police in the small town of Bristo Camino. Even with the new surroundings, Talley has yet to heal the emotional scarring he's inflicted on his wife and daughter. Instead of reconciling the damage at home, he runs from it: "See you next weekend" he tells his family before scurrying off to work. It's hardly the behavior you'd expect from someone touted as an expert in mediation.

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The Punisher (2004) Review


Bad
Over the course of two hours, the Punisher, Marvel Comics' black-clad antihero (played by Thomas Jane -- now rebranded as "Tom Jane") kills more people than cardiovascular disease. Bad guys get their head split in two, knives in the throat, and shot in all kinds of sensitive places. So, why will action junkies, like myself, feel like they've been duped? Read on.

The plot stars promisingly enough. Frank Castle (Jane, *61, The Sweetest Thing) is an FBI undercover agent, the kind of guy who's so good that the Bureau moves him around for his own protection. At his final job in Tampa, he busts up a major weapons deal that kills the son of powerful crime lord Howard Saint (poor, poor John Travolta).

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Liberty Heights Review


Good
Liberty Heights is a coming of age story, a comedic drama about two brothers growing up Jewish in Baltimore in the mid-1950's. Against the tumultuous backdrop of McCarthyism and racial integration, Van (Adrien Brody) and Ben (Ben Foster) Kurzman, together with their parents, Nate (Joe Mantegna) and Ada (Bebe Neuwirth) face the daily trials of social, religious and racial discrimination.

Those familiar with Barry Levinson's other works, such as Diner and Tin Men, may find Liberty Heights disappointing. This picture strives to project a social consciousness but falls tragically short of the mark set in 1990 by Levinson's Academy Award-nominated Avalon. The powerful subject matter Liberty Heights attempts to address is never fully pursued, quickly falling away behind a glut of gimmicky coming-of-age scenes lacking both in sincerity and originality. At times the characters are so stereotypical, they border on offensive.

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The Laramie Project Review


Bad
Hey, look at me! I'm a B-list Hollywood actor with an inflated sense of self-worth that thinks he can "do something" for the world by making a socially responsible film.

Hey, look at me! A gay kid got beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming, so let's go there and interview people... and write a play using their words.

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Hostage Review


Weak

Several stock action-thriller ingredients are slung togetherand served up as new Hollywood hash in "Hostage," including aburned-out cop with personal problems, novice young criminals in over theirnervous heads, a brave little kid who outwits his kidnappers, and a possiblegovernment conspiracy hiding behind seemingly lesser crimes.

Bruce Willis plays an LAPD hostage negotiator who has losthis touch (with bloody results) and retired to a more relaxing job as policechief for a quiet, upscale enclave in the Southern California mountains.He's also left behind an unhappy wife and a bitter teenager (played bydaughter Rumor Willis), who pay an occasional visit to quarrel about apossible divorce.

But his tempered tranquility is truly shattered when asimple SUV theft by a threesome of hoodlum drop-outs turns into a cop-killingstand-off at the high-security cliffside compound of a rich resident (KevinPollak) who launders money for a group of shadowy, dangerous mystery men.

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Big Trouble Review


OK

How apropos it seems that the enjoyably outrageous screwball satire "Big Trouble" should open a little more than a week after the death of Billy Wilder, whose influence is felt all over this picture's breakneck comedic pacing.

Reminiscent, if mostly in spirit, of Wilder's lesser-known "One, Two, Three" -- a fast-paced side-splitter starring James Cagney as an American business man who stumbles into Iron Curtain intrigue in 1961 Berlin -- "Big Trouble" features Tim Allen as a fired, freshly divorced newspaper columnist who narrates a lunatic tale of arms trading and assassination attempts in modern Miami.

As one of a dozen characters with equal screen time, Allen's connection to the plot is almost peripheral, but he gives great voice-over (from the zany Dave Barry book on which the film is based) that helps keep straight the cavalcade of well-cast kooks to come.

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The Punisher Review


Weak

Stone-cold antihero vigilante Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) begins this adaptation of Marvel comics' morose cult favorite "The Punisher" as a top-ranking, six-language-speaking undercover FBI counter-terrorism agent on his last gun-running sting before an early retirement, which he plans spend with his beautiful young wife and kid.

But that's before the son of a millionaire money-laundering crime boss gets killed in the resulting shootout. The next week, said crime boss (torpid John Travolta on villain autopilot) sends his henchmen to wipe out every living soul at Castle's family reunion, leaving the man himself for dead too, and thus setting the stage for...nothing more than your standard-issue, R-rated, pistols-a-blazin' revenge fantasy.

The only thing that makes Castle unique in the genre is his skull-design T-shirt that gives him the vague facade of a superhero -- something he needs badly since the guy has all the personality of a block of wood. The blank glower on the chiseled visage of Jane ("Dreamcatcher") is just barely enough to sell his pent-up-rage, but the actor's virtually monotone performance is symptomatic of the whole monotone movie.

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Get Over It Review


Weak

After Miramax jettisoned all remnants of integrity and started trafficking in assembly-line teen fare, a pattern began to emerge. Once or twice a year the studio would release another insipid high school or college romance starring the phenomenally talentless Freddie Prinze, Jr. -- a bland, blue-eyed magnet for 14-year-old girls. The happy endings always involved girls lowering their standards and/or taking back their pig boyfriends, and it seemed Miramax went out of its way to give each movie the blandest possible title like "She's All That," "Down To You" and "Boys and Girls."

This year's model is called "Get Over It" (the original title, "Getting Over Allison," was apparently deemed far too creative), and while it's still utterly forgettable and mostly unoriginal, at least somebody was making an effort this time.

That somebody would be Tommy O'Haver, the cleverly twinkly hand behind the zestful gay romantic comedy "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss." He cast genuinely capable actors like Ben Foster ("Liberty Heights"), playing the picture's generic lovelorn high school boy, and Kirsten Dunst, playing his best friend's sister -- the girl he inadvertently falls in love with while trying to win back his childhood sweetheart (adorable newcomer Melissa Sagemiller).

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