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Lauren Bacall Has Died


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Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has died.

The 89-year-old star reportedly died of a ''massive stroke'' at her home in New York on Tuesday (12.08.14).

The estate of her late husband Humphrey Bogart confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: ''With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.''

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Lauren Bacall Has Died


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Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has died.

The 89-year-old star reportedly died of a ''massive stroke'' at her home in New York on Tuesday (12.08.14).

The estate of her late husband Humphrey Bogart confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: ''With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.''

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Winona Ryder: 'Intense Michael Shannon Made Me Cry'


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Winona Ryder has heaped praise on intense actor Michael Shannon, revealing he is the first co-star who has left her terrified and sobbing on a film set since late icon Jason Robards.

The actress plays Shannon's wife in new movie The Iceman and she insists he reminds her of the movie greats who made her want to become an actress.

She says, "I've worked with some great leading men over the years - Daniel Day Lewis, Gary Oldman, Richard Gere - and Michael is right up there with them.

"Michael is one of these actors who has a certain spark, who reminds me of why I wanted to be an actor in the first place... Nothing against any of the other wonderful actors I've worked with, but that is a very rare and very special thing."

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Strokes, Jason Robards and William Friedkin at BAFTA

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Johnny Got His Gun Review


Good
The last few years have seen a ton of anti-war, anti-government films come our way. I'm all for a director making a statement, but one wonders what the shelf life is for most of these movies. When your kids come of age, are they really going to appreciate half of what's happening in War, Inc.? Chicago 10 was a solid movie, but it served as a kick in the rear to the unsatisfied masses of 2008. The political climate may not be rosy in 20 years, but it will look different. Hell, it's changed immeasurably since January.

Dalton Trumbo's novel Johnny Got His Gun was first published in 1939. 32 years later it was made into a movie, which he wrote and directed. In 2009, it's finally available on DVD. Any questions about the movie's contemporary relevance are moot. Trumbo's motive is to capture the sheer monstrosity and hopelessness of war and the damage it does to a person's soul. Those themes aren't vanishing anytime soon.

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Johhny Got His Gun Review


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The last few years have seen a ton of anti-war, anti-government films come our way. I'm all for a director making a statement, but one wonders what the shelf life is for most of these movies. When your kids come of age, are they really going to appreciate half of what's happening in War, Inc.? Chicago 10 was a solid movie, but it served as a kick in the rear to the unsatisfied masses of 2008. The political climate may not be rosy in 20 years, but it will look different. Hell, it's changed immeasurably since January.

Dalton Trumbo's novel Johnny Got His Gun was first published in 1939. 32 years later it was made into a movie, which he wrote and directed. In 2009, it's finally available on DVD. Any questions about the movie's contemporary relevance are moot. Trumbo's motive is to capture the sheer monstrosity and hopelessness of war and the damage it does to a person's soul. Those themes aren't vanishing anytime soon.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes Review


OK
Try as I might to get into this movie, based on the classic Ray Bradbury tale, I've found myself blocked by its off-putting ways. The guts of the piece are there: Evil carnival comes to town and wreaks havoc on everyone who lives there. But something comes up short that I can't quite place. My best guess: The focus of the film is on two Hardy Boys-like kids who play detective. They aren't very bright nor very likeable, and they detract from some otherwise fun set pieces. In fact, the film is by far at its best when they're nowhere to be seen.

Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid Review


Terrible
Sam Peckinpah's virtually unseen Western turns out to be unseen for a reason. Interminably boring and filled with red paint-for-blood splattering, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid ought to turn you off, but if that doesn't do the job, I've got one phrase that will: "Also starring Bob Dylan." Nuff said, I hope.

Long Day's Journey Into Night Review


Extraordinary
Thanks to her natural trembling, Katharine Hepburn makes for a truly amazing drug addict, in this harrowing and devastation Sidney Lumet film, adapted from Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical story of his turbulent (to put it mildly) home life. In a nutshell: It's one horrific night when all sorts of dirt is dished: From mom's morphine addiction and resentment of son Edmund (Dean Stockwell) over the death of her third-born, to dad's (Ralph Richardson) alcoholism and distaste for mom, to more sibling rivalry from firstborn Jamie (Jason Robards).

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Melvin And Howard Review


OK
Much less fun than I'd remembered: Melvin and Howard is the true-ish about Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat), a guy who claims to have picked up a desert wanderer... who in turns claimed to have been Howard Hughes (Jason Robards). Dummar later claimed to receive a letter from Hughes, willing his fortune to him. The courts disagreed. This movie, however, isn't much about that. The bulk concerns Melvin's life in the time between the pickup and the will, namely his quest to be Milkman of the Month, and his wife's white-trash ways. More time with Hughes would have been highly preferable.

Once Upon A Time In The West Review


Good
Long on looks and short on sense, Sergio Leone's celebrated spaghetti western Once Upon a Time in the West is a remarkable achievement of cinematography but comes across today as a more muddled story than ever.

Conceived and roughed together by Italian directors Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Leone, the guts of West are some of the least likely of his films. The story concerns a woman (Claudia Cardinale, who spends the entire movie clenching her teeth) whose husband and family are murdered, leaving her with a valuable plot of land. This land has the eye of one Frank (Henry Fonda in his biggest villain role ever), and he's determined to be rid of the woman in order to get it. A half-Mexican named Cheyenne (Jason Robards) ends up accused of the murders, and a nameless bounty hunter (sound familiar?) who's known due to his harmonica playing by the name Harmonica (Charles Bronson) inserts himself into the mix. The film culminates with Harmonica turning in Cheyenne for the reward money, then using that money to outbid Frank at the public auction of the land... and then of course there's a showdown to be had.

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