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The Academy Awards Serve Up Viola Davis' Third Major Acting Gong


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Viola Davis has just landed Best Supporting Actress at the 89th Academy Awards for her role in the 1950s African-American drama 'Fences'. The win was almost too much for the star though, who looked and sounded deeply overwhelmed as she accepted her prize. 

FencesViola Davis and Denzel Washington star in 'Fences'

The actress is now a fully-fledged member of the Triple Crown Club having already won a Tony for 2001's 'King Hedley II' and an Emmy for 'How To Get Away With Murder' in 2015. Her Oscar has tied up those three gongs and made her one of the few people ever to manage the remarkable feat, and the second black person to do so after Whoopi Goldberg.

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Mahershala Ali in the press room with Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Casey Affleck at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017

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Viola Davis Unsure About '#OscarsSoWhite' Success


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Although she’s pretty much the nailed-on favourite to win at The Oscars later this month, having swept the awards season in all the Best Actress categories for her role opposite Denzel Washington in Fences, Viola Davis has warned against a possible future backslide in the diversity seen in this year’s film awards nominations.

Having scooped the BAFTA for her role as the beleaguered Rose on Sunday night (February 12th), Davis sounded a note of caution at the press conference afterwards, as predictions for the 2018 awards season have already started “and very few African American names are in there.”

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Fences Review

Very Good

After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film version of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. First staged in 1983 (the Washington-Davis revival was in 2010), the story explores the experience of an African-American working class family in the 1950s. And its most powerful kick is in the balance of power between husband and wife, something that easily transcends the racial themes.

In Pittsburgh, trash collector Troy (Washington) is proud to be able to support his wife Rose (Davis) and teen son Cory (Jovan Adepo), who wants to attend university on a football scholarship. But Troy thinks this is unnecessary, forbidding him from playing on the team. Troy and Rose's other son Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson) is disabled but living on his own, and Troy has an older son, Lyons (Russell Hornsby), who regularly needs cash to top up his income as a musician. As he slowly builds a fence in the back yard, Troy is beginning to resent having to give in to all of these people, blaming his problems on white-majority culture. But Rose has had enough of his complaining.

Wilson's dialogue is heightened and gorgeous, with a poetic ring like modern-day Shakespeare as it explores enormous issues using clever wordplay and epic monologues. While Troy continually rants at how hard life is for a black man, the interaction points out that his main problem is actually his need to be in control of everyone around him. This makes Troy increasingly unlikeable, and Washington goes for broke in the performance. It often feels like he's playing to people sitting in the top of the theatre balcony, but it's impossible not to be moved by his words. By contrast, Davis' much more intimate Rose is the film's heart and soul. As the story progresses, she becomes the lead character, and Davis delivers a series of devastating scenes with raw power.

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Viola Davis arrives at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) 2017 held at The Shrine Auditorium Media Complex - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 29th January 2017

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Julius Tennon and Viola Davis at the 2017 HBO Golden Globe After Party - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th January 2017

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Viola Davis at the 2017 InStyle & Warner Bros. Pictures Golden Globe After Party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th January 2017

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Viola Davis receives the first star of the new year on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 5th January 2017

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Viola Davis Loved Emerging From The Background In Fences


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After winning a Tony award for her performance in the 2010 revival of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences, Viola Davis didn't hesitate to reteam with Denzel Washington for the film adaptation. From the first time she read the play, she knew she had to play Rose. 

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"It could not be any more perfectly written," Davis says. "I think the best part of Rose is, when she's introduced in the play, she's in the background. She really is. She's cooking! She's sitting! It's not that she's not enjoying the banter, but you kind of feel like this is how it's going to be. It's Troy's story. And then, when she steps forward and she's betrayed, then you hear her voice. You don't get that often. Sometimes, women are in the background and they stay in the background. When she really taps into her voice, she really taps into it. I like that about her."

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Viola Davis seen alone and with Julius Tennon at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards held at Barker Hangar, Critics' Choice Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Sunday 11th December 2016

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Fences Trailer


Troy Moxson works hard as a garbage collector to support his family. He has two sons, one who lives in his home with his wife and one from a previous marriage who is older but still turns to his father for support. Set in the 1950's, racial discrimination is still rife and Troy and his family are just one of thousands of families who live a life surrounded by enforced limitations.

In his younger years, Troy was scouted to be a baseball player but being a black man once again worked to his disadvantage and his dream was over before it even really began. Despite everything, Troy stands strong in adversity and instils a few words of wisdom in to his son, 'Don't go through life worrying about if someone likes you or not, you best be sure they're doing right by you.'

Troy's wife, Rose is a strong woman who's stuck by her husband's side through many hardships, she's also a constant support for their son Cory who wishes to gain a place on the football team.

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Viola Davis and Julius Tennon seen on the red carpet at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 18th September 2016

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Suicide Squad Review

OK

DC Comics' villains team up for an overcrowded action movie that never quite finds its tone. Writer-director David Ayer takes a serious approach to an absurd premise, while the actors inject sparks of bitter humour. But with a thin plot and characters that are only superficially developed, the film struggles to grab hold of the audience. At least there's plenty of whizzy action mayhem.

With everyone worried that the next Superman might turn out to be a terrorist, government agent Amanda (Viola Davis) has a crazy idea to turn the most violent criminals in prison into an elite black ops team. These include gruff marksman Deadshot (Will Smith), mentally unstable sexpot Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), archaeologist-turned-enchantress June (Cara Delevingne), Aussie killer Boomerang (Courtney), fire-maker Diablo (Jay Hernandez), swordswoman Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and man-monster Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Each of these psychos has a personal weakness Amanda and team leader Rick (Joel Kinnaman) plan to leverage to keep them under control. Meanwhile, Harley's main squeeze Joker (Jared Leto) is trying to help her escape. Oh, and a meta-human wants to decimate humanity.

Ayer introduces each character with his or her own mini-montage, including snippets of back-story and cameos from the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck). These flashbacks continue throughout the movie, stirring emotion into various characters' decision-making processes. But that's about it as far as depth goes, and the script never imagines anything more original than pining after a lost love, missing a child or feeling guilty about past mistakes. While this adds a bit of interest, it never generates any proper connections, either between the characters or with the audience.

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Viola Davis who plays Amanda Waller in 'Suicide Squad' seen at the world premiere of the movie held at the Beacon Theater in New York. 2nd August 2016

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Julius Tennon , Viola Davis - 2016 Tribeca Film Festival 'Custody' premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals at Tribeca Film Festival - New York, New York, United States - Monday 18th April 2016

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Viola Davis - Viola Davis seen arriving at the ABC studios for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' at Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 10th March 2016

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Vanity Fair's 'Hollywood Issue' Cover Celebrates 13 Diverse Women Of Hollywood


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From Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence to Viola Davis and Diane Keaton, Vanity Fair’s annual ‘Hollywood issue’ cover is a celebration of diversity. Released against the backdrop of the growing diversity debate after this year’s Oscar nominations, the cover shows the variety of women making their mark in Hollywood today, breaking barriers for age and race.

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Viola Davis - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Press Room at Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Viola Davis - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Viola Davis - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Viola Davis - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room at The Shrine Expo Hall, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Viola Davis - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Outside Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Suicide Squad Trailer


When there's nowhere left to turn, the bad guys might just turn out to be your only option. Amanda Waller is the leader of a task force who keeps on losing members of her team, she comes up with an idea to form a specialised task force formed with some of the most dangerous criminals that are currently in jail.

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Viola Davis - ELLE's Women In Television Celebration presented by Hearts on Fire Diamonds and Olay held at the Sunset Tower Hotel at Sunset Tower Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 20th January 2016

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Viola Davis - Disney/ABC Winter TCA Tour held at the Langham Huntington Hotel - Arrivals at The Langham Huntington Hotel, Disney - Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 9th January 2016

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Viola Davis - Disney/ABC Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel - Arrivals at Langham Hotel - Pasadena, CA, Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th January 2016

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Star Wars, Suicide Squad And Bryan Cranston: The Best Moments Of Comic-Con 2015


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As usual the San Diego Comic-Con International was the place to be for comic and movie fans across the globe. Not only were a ton of new trailers unveiled, but loads of questions were answered and there were some pretty interesting moments in between.

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Comic-Con 2015 was, as usual, a roaring success with attendees desperate to learn more about the upcoming 'Star Wars' movie and, of course, 'Batman v Superman'. But that wasn't all that gripped the world at this year's event; and here are but a few moments of pure joy from SDCC 2015.

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Blackhat - Cyber Hacking Featurette


For the production of 'Blackhat', writer/director Michael Mann had to brush up on his knowledge of hacking in order to put together a film on the subject. Actor Chris Hemsworth had to undergo a master class on hacking and the use of computers. Mann also discusses how terrifying the idea of a cyber-criminal being able steal whatever they please from anywhere in the world at any time. 

'Blackhat' follows the story of a hacker that can target anywhere in the world, stealing money and amassing wealth before causing a string of terrorist attacks upon the world. The US and China form a specialist taskforce to discover the identity of the hacker and find him before he is able to strike again. When they find themselves unable to trace the source, they turn to Nicholas Hathaway (Hemsworth), a convicted hacker serving jail time for hacking. If Hathaway is able to find and expose the mysterious hacker before it's too late, he will be free to live his life. 'Blackhat' is due to be released in the US on 16th January 2015, with a UK theatrical release following on 20th January in the same year. 

 

'Ender's Game', Released In US Today, Receives Mixed Reviews


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Ender's Game, due to be released in the US today (1st November), has received a series of mediocre reviews from critics.

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Ender's Game is released in US cinemas today.

The film, based on Scott Orson's book of the same name, is set in the future after an alien-human war. Ender Wiggin is a talented young boy studying at a military space academy where the students prepare for the next alien invasion of Earth. 

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A Week In Movies: Argo Keeps On Coming, Spring Breakers Looks Unhinged And Carell, Buscemi And Carrey Appear In Incredible Burt Wonderstone Trailer


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PGA's And SAG Awards Both Favour Affleck While Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens And Ashley Benson Spring Break And Lindsay Lohan's The Canyons Bombs Out

The Oscar race was thrown into a spin last weekend by two guilds, professional groups that make movies and vote for the Academy Awards. First, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) gave its Best Picture award to Ben Affleck's Argo, a surprise because Affleck isn't even nominated for a directing Oscar. Then the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) named Argo for Best Ensemble, which is considered their Best Picture prize. Films only rarely win the Best Picture Oscar if their director isn't nominated. But Affleck is nominated for a Directors Guild of America (DGA) award on Saturday, which will no doubt further muddy the waters leading to Bafta night February 10th and the Oscars two weeks later.

Meanwhile, Oscar contenders dominate the box office, with Les Miserables, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty in the Top 10 both in America and Britain. In addition, Life of Pi and Lincoln are in the UK chart, while Silver Linings Playbook is holding firm in the US. These are the most money-making Best Picture nominees in years.

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Video - Viola Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker And Renee Zellweger Are Snapped Outside FGI's Night Of Stars


The Fashion Group International's 29th annual Night Of Stars event at Cipriani Wall Street saw numerous glamorous guests including 'The Help' star Viola Davis with her husband Julius Tennon, 'Sex and the City' star Sarah Jessica Parker, 'Bridget Jones's Diary' actress Renee Zellweger and 'Saturday Night Live' writer Seth Meyers with his girlfriend Alexi Ashe.

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Video - Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis And Daniel Barnz Arrive For The 'Won't Back Down' NY Premiere


The stars of upcoming education drama 'Won't Back Down' arrive at the New York premiere for the movie at the Ziegfeld Theater with loud protest style chanting in the background. Among them are Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis with her husband Julius Tennon and sister Deloris Gran, Rosie Perez, Dante Brown, Emily Alyn Lind with her mother Barbara Alyn Woods and sisters Natalie Alyn Lind and Alyvia Alyn Lind, Ned Eisenberg and his family, Lance Reddick, Oscar Isaac and director Daniel Barnz.

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Won't Back Down Trailer


An underprivileged mother (Gyllenhaal) determined to do the best for her child, takes action on discovering the failing situation of her daughter's inner city school. Her daughter cannot read and even comments that the school doesn't care about punctuality or the fact that many students are suffering and struggling with learning difficulties. After her daughter is punished and locked in a closet by an incompetent teacher because she didn't 'follow the rules', the mother decides enough is enough and enlists the help of a desperate teacher (Davis), whose son is also struggling to learn to read and write, to help her take over the school. They put everything on the line to battle through the teacher's union, challenging and incapable teachers, and a sceptical principal and make the school (and therefore the violent gang and drug ridden neighbourhood) a better place for underprivileged children.

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Viola Davis Tuesday 14th February 2012 arrive at the Ed Sullivan Theater for 'The Late Show with David Letterman'

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Video - Brad Pitt Attends Awards Ceremony With A Cane - 77th Annual New York Film Critic's Circle Awards Gala - Arrivals


The 77th Annual New York Film Critic's Circle Awards Gala was held in New York on Monday night (09Jan12). Actresses Jessica Chastain (The Tree Of Life; The Debt; Take Shelter) and Viola Davis (The Help; Eat Pray Love; Knight and Day) briefly stood on the red carpet for the photographers but it was Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who were the biggest draws. However, much like Viola before them and to the disappointment of the photographers, the superstar couple did not stay long on the red carpet. Brad had brought along a cane with him to aid his walking; he explained later that he recenty injured his knee ligament after a fall with his three year old daughter, Vivienne.

During the ceremony, Brad and (silent film themed) The Artist cleaned up with Brad winning the coveted Best Actor award for his roles in Moneyball and The Tree of Life. The Artist was named Best Picture and its director, Michel Hazanavicius, scooped Best Director.

Video - Sandra Bullock Looking Smart At Premiere - Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close New York Premiere Arrivals Part 2


Sandra Bullock attended the New York premiere of Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Sandra stars in the film as the mother of young Oskar Schell and looked very smart with sleek, straight hair. Jeffrey Wright followed her onto the red carpet shortly afterwards, wearing a crisp, white suit.

A few of the main cast, including Tom Hanks; Viola Davis; Thomas Horn and the aforementioned Sandra met up with each other on the red carpet and immediately started chatting to each other as they stood for pictures together

Video - Thomas Horn Attends His First Premiere And Looks Nervous - Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close New York Premiere Arrivals Part 1


The New York Premiere of 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' was held at The Ziegfeld Theatre. Max Von Sydow and Catherine Brelet stood with a guest on the red carpet but not for very long. The young star of the film, Thomas Horn, looked excited and a little nervous to be attending the premiere as he beamed for the cameras. Meanwhile, his costar Viola Davis stood out in a bright pink dress.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson also star in this moving film about a young boy living in New York around the time of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center

The Help Review


Excellent
A strongly issue-based story gives a terrific cast plenty to play with in this hugely engaging drama about the American South in the 1960s. And while the film kind of skims the surface, it's a story that still needs to be told.

After graduating from university, Skeeter (Stone) returns home to Jackson, Mississippi, to seek work as a journalist. But one theme from her childhood haunts her: the maid (Tyson) who actually raised her. But her similarly raised close friends (Howard, O'Reilly and Camp) now take their own maids for granted, and Skeeter wonders why this story has never been told from the help's point of view. After finding an interested New York editor (Steenburgen), it takes awhile to convince Aibileen (Davis) to tell her story, especially as both know it will upset the status quo.

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Trailer


Oskar Schell is an eleven year old genius who views the world differently to others. He is also a Francophile, an amateur inventor and a pacifist. He's very close to his father and together they make it their mission to find something from every decade of the twentieth century in what he called a 'reconnaissance mission.'

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Trust Review


Excellent
Even though this film has a deeply disturbing theme, one of the most frightening things about it is the way it continually threatens to turn into a revenge thriller. But the filmmakers have something much more involving - and wrenching - in mind.

Will and Lynn (Owen and Keener) are parents of three lively, independent-minded kids. Peter (Curnutt) is just heading off to university, 14-year-old Annie (Liberato) is starting high school and Katie (DeButch) is still too young to understand much of what happens next. Annie is chatting online with Charlie, a teen in another city who slowly becomes her closest confidant. So she's a bit startled when he confesses that he's 20. Then 25. Then he agrees to meet her and turns out to be closer to 35 (Coffey). But he loves her and makes her feel beautiful.

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The Help Trailer


Skeeter has always dreamt of becoming a writer; fresh out of college she attempts to get a job at one of New York's best publishing houses but unfortunately isn't successful at landing the job. Returning home she starts to write a column for the local news paper but is distracted by personal matters when she learns that the family maid, who raised Skeeter, has gone missing.

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It's Kind Of A Funny Story Review


Good
While this comedy is an intriguing exploration of mental illness, the title is perhaps too accurate: it's only kind of funny. But even though the film is somewhat mopey, it's also packed with great moments.

Craig (Gilchrist) is a 17-year-old overwhelmed by thoughts of suicide. So one night he heads to the emergency room for help, then talks the doctor into admitting him for observation. He's a bit shocked that he'll be there for at least five days, but quickly becomes friends with Bobby (Galifianakis) and Noelle (Roberts). His parents (Graham and Gaffigan) are supportive, and his doctors (Davis and Davies) help him work through his issues. But the biggest challenge is to sort out his feelings for Nia (Kravitz), the girlfriend of his best pal (Mann).

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Eat Pray Love Review


OK
An intriguing story brimming with possibilities is softened beyond all meaning by this glossy Hollywood production. Without a sharp edge in sight, the film is merely a cute romp that touches on serious issues but never breaks the surface.

When New York writer Liz (Roberts) decides she's tired of her loving-but-aimless husband (Crudup), she has a rebound romance with a young actor (Franco) before deciding to travel the world to find herself. Her sassy friend Delia (Davis) thinks she's crazy, but Liz takes off for Rome, where she discovers food and friends (Novotny and Argentero). In India she seeks inner peace with a fellow traveller (Jenkins). And in Bali she studies with a guru (Subiyanto) and falls for a Brazilian (Bardem) who has baggage of his own.

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Knight And Day Review


Good
This is a breezy, brainless action rom-coms like they used to make in the 1980s starring Mel Gibson as a crazy spy and Goldie Hawn and the ditsy but feisty woman he meets along the way. Yes, it's terrible, but it's also undemanding fun.

After June (Diaz) bumps into Roy (Cruise) in the airport, she finds herself in a mid-air shootout and a cornfield crash-landing. But she wakes up at home as if everything is fine. And so continues her adventure, as Roy turns out to be a possibly rogue federal agent trying to stay one step ahead of the spies chasing him (Davis and Sarsgaard) and keep June safe from the bad guys as they dart to the Azores and across Europe, where they meet a technology nerd (Dano) and a smirking arms dealer (Molla).

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Eat Pray Love Trailer


Liz Gilbert always thought that being successful in her work and home life would be enough to keep her content throughout her life but can't help but feel confused want more. Now divorced and ready to take a new approach to life, Liz decides to embark on a worldwide trip of self discovery. In each country she visits she learns more about herself and finds the inner peace and balance that her life has been missing.

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Law Abiding Citizen Review


Weak
Super-slick filmmaking masks this thriller's reprehensible message that violence can solve any problem. It's so beautifully shot and nicely underplayed by the cast that viewers could be fooled into believing that it's coherent or acceptable. But it's neither.

Clyde (Butler) has his happy life destroyed when a psycho (Stolte) kills his wife and daughter, but his lawyer Nick (Foxx) accepts a plea bargain that lets the killer out of jail in three years. A decade later, Clyde starts his revenge. A spot of brutal torture and murder lands him in prison, but he continues from behind bars with his violent mission to take down the legal system. It's up to Nick and a cop (Meaney) to figure out how he's doing this before he kills them too.

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Doubt Review


Excellent
With all due respect, Michael Sheen and Frank Langella aren't exactly names that are going to get butts in seats for Frost/Nixon. But director Ron Howard wisely recruited them for his crisp, concise theatrical adaptation of Peter Morgan's stage drama because they were right for the parts of celebrity journalist David Frost and exiled ex-President Richard Nixon, respectively. They'd originated the roles in London's West End, sharpened their portrayals over hundreds of performances, and established a chemistry that translates beautifully to Howard's film.

When presented with the challenge of adapting his own play, Doubt, for the screen, John Patrick Shanley takes an alternate approach. Gone are Cherry Jones and Brian F. O'Byrne, award-claiming talents who'd shaped Shanley's four-person narrative into a Pulitzer, Tony, and Drama Desk Award winner in 2005. He replaces them here with marquee Hollywood names who have heavy-lifting abilities, and the casting works, though a part of me still wishes Shanley had invited Jones and O'Byrne to usher Doubt to its filmed incarnation.

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Nights In Rodanthe Review


Very Good
With the Gulf Coast narrowly dodging Gustav and the Houston area recuperating from Ike, now might not be the best time for a breathy romance that uses the violent lashing of a vicious hurricane to simulate foreplay between passionate lovers.

It's hard to fault director George C. Wolfe, however. His Nights in Rodanthe adaptation merely adheres to a blueprint provided by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, who makes use of a tempest in his source novel but also provides earnest human connections and palpable heartache.

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Get Rich Or Die Tryin' Review


Very Good
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's meteoric rise to superstardom has been attributed to many different things; one could name check Eminem or Dr. Dre or point to changing hip-hop tastes. But 50 Cent's monopoly on rap culture has less to do with who produced his last album than the life that actually produced him.

A thinly veiled biopic of 50 Cent's road to gangsta rap success, Get Rich or Die Tryin' is at times a wildly successful portrait of human perseverance and at others a weakly plotted study in cinematic cliché.

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The Architect Review


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Just what it is about architects that fascinates filmmakers so? Is it the metaphorical possibilities of the job, where one man has the ability to create new buildings -- and thus the potential for new lives, new communities -- out of thin air? Do filmmakers see themselves as a kind of architect, constructing with mathematical precision new realities out of nothing more than light and sound? Or is it simply the fact that having their main character be an architect allows them to have a protagonist who believably lives in a gorgeous home, has plenty of money and time on his hands, but is also a creative thinker? Advertising types are also popular for the same reason.

Whatever the case may be, Matt Tauber's The Architect is a promising but fundamentally flawed effort to use architecture as a metaphor for larger realities; in this case, the yawning chasm between one wealthy and white Chicago family (that of the architect's, natch) and a black South Side community living in a falling-down housing project designed by the architect. Leo Waters (Anthony LaPaglia, playing it gruff but a bit cooler than his usual hot-head persona) is the man of the title, living in pristine wealthy isolation with his bored and resentful children Christina (Hayden Panettiere) and Martin (Sebastian Stan) and his desperately unhappy wife Julia (Isabella Rossellini). While Leo tries to keep his family from imploding around him -- Julia practically wishes him dead, Martin despises him only slightly less, and Christina is a 15-year-old budding painfully and rebelliously on the verge of womanhood -- a mother in the project he designed, Tonya Neely (Viola Davis), is circulating a petition among her neighbors to have the place torn down. When Tonya comes to confront Leo about it in a university class he teaches, not surprisingly, the architect refuses to admit that the problems in the project, whether it's the hopelessness or violence, has anything to do with his design. It's the implementation or people, he insists from his ivory tower.

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Get Rich Or Die Tryin' Review


Very Good
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's meteoric rise to superstardom has been attributed to many different things; one could name check Eminem or Dr. Dre or point to changing hip-hop tastes. But 50 Cent's monopoly on rap culture has less to do with who produced his last album than the life that actually produced him.

A thinly veiled biopic of 50 Cent's road to gangsta rap success, Get Rich or Die Tryin' is at times a wildly successful portrait of human perseverance and at others a weakly plotted study in cinematic cliché.

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Solaris (2002) Review


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Fear not, Clooney fans. Those two already-infamous shots of George's butt are alive and well in the long-talked-about but barely-anticipated Solaris -- a remake of the equally infamous 1972 Russian sci-fi epic (known for its stark photography, a near-three-hour running time that challenges even the most patient viewer, and a reputation for being utterly incomprehensible). I'm pleased to say that the remake is less stark, substantially shorter (97 minutes or so), and makes a little more sense. That said, I'd rather have been watching the original film.

The story is relatively faithful to Tarkovsky's flick. Distraught widower/shrink Chris Kelvin (Clooney) receives a distress call of sorts from a friend aboard a distant space station, then gears up to go to his rescue. Once he arrives at the station, orbiting a mysterious, glowing-pink planet called Solaris, Kelvin encounters a skeleton crew of surviving crewmembers, including the not-quite-right Snow (Jeremy Davies) and the ultra-paranoid Gordon (Viola Davis). It's not spoiling much to reveal that before his first night on the space station is over, Chris also encounters his dead wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone).

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Solaris Review


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Steven Soderbergh takes a crack at melding his commercial sensibilities with his esoteric soul in "Solaris," an abstract, ultrastylish, philosophical science fiction film designed to leave you mulling over its meaning for hours, if not days, afterwards.

Adapted by the director from a book by Stanislaw Lem, the film is also a remake of a meditative, three-hour long 1972 Russian film of the same name, in which scientists on a distant space station start going mad when their private mental obsessions are turned corporeal by the apparently sentient planet they're orbiting.

The new film is a much briefer 99 minutes and stars George Clooney as Chris Kelvin, a shrink recovering (poorly) from his wife's death, who is desperately summoned by an old friend to an outpost space lab where the crew has mysteriously cut off all contact with Earth.

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Far From Heaven Review


Excellent

An extraordinary homage to, and deconstruction of, Douglas Sirk's melodramas of the 1950s, "Far from Heaven" is a layer cake of potent emotion, puritanical taboo, composed anguish, and forbidden affections festering below the idealistic facade of an Eisenhower-era New England family.

Operating on three levels at once while giving each a rich, resonant texture, writer-director Todd Haynes ("Safe," "Velvet Goldmine") ensnares the audience in the idyllic Technicolor fiction of the period in which it takes place -- right down to the sweeping, cursive title credits so corny they get a laugh. He plumbs the highly sensitive, highly secretive true hearts of his characters, who desperately try to plaster over cracks in the perfect-family facade as their lives unravel. But at the same time he discredits the halcyon image of a time that demanded such concealment by exposing its rampant, acute discrimination and its all-consuming importance of keeping up appearances.

Julianne Moore gives an intense, captivating, flawless performance as Cathy Whitaker, a consummate '50s housewife with a seemingly perfect husband named Frank (Dennis Quaid) who is a sales executive for a line of televisions, and two obedient children who never need scolding for infractions any worse than saying "Aw, jeez!" when told it's time for bed.

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Antwone Fisher Review


Very Good

Most "inspiring true story" movies have their truth panel-beaten into a prefabricated formula and served up like a Sunday School lesson. But "Antwone Fisher" is something special. Part old-fashioned Hollywood up-by-the-bootstraps plot and part angry young product of the ugly underbelly of foster care, it's a film that delves far deeper than expected and packs a real emotional punch.

Antwone Fisher is a first-time screenwriter who sold his autobiographical script while working as a security guard on the Sony Pictures lot. But that was the end of a long journey that began with his birth in prison two months after his father was murdered. His early childhood was spent in an orphanage, where his mother failed to come claim him when she was released. His adolescence was spent being beaten, berated and sexually abused at the hands of his foster family in a Cleveland ghetto.

His teens were spent in reform school and on the street after his foster mother gave him $67 and dumped him off at a men's shelter. And when the film catches up with Fisher, he's a quiet and modest but defensive Navy petty officer with a hair-trigger temper who has just been busted down to seaman and docked $200 a month for six months after beating up another sailor.

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