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    '12 Years a Slave': The Dissenters

    Steve McQueen's brutal, unsparing look at American slavery has met with near-universal acclaim, but the critics who find fault with it ask questions worth answering.

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    Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch Lacks Courage & Conviction

    It's hard to argue that Julian Assange is one of the most powerful and polarizing figures of our current times. From childhood pranks hacking NASA and National Defense computer systems to exposing the dirty laundry of banks and governments around the world, he has become a hero to those seeking tran...

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    Review: 12 Years a Slave

    Healing is a process more viable for the physical body than for the always-restless memory. Scars and wounds vanish into the past to be replaced by new skin, yet always leaving a mark. As minimal as that trace may be it becomes a permanent record of the pain endured. The size is correlate...

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    12 Years A Slave

    The gifted Chiwitel Ejiofor is a perfect choice to play the confident Northerner whose freedom and dignity are cruelly stripped away when he is sold into slavery in the 1840s.

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    The bullet points of WikiLeaks’ rise and fall are dutifully covered, but the movie bites off more than it can chew.

    Usually, movies derived from current or recent events take one of two courses: to reveal, or speculate about, the background story we don’t know, or to provide insight into the actions of familiar real-life figures. Writer Peter Morgan is particularly adept at this, as he has shown in such scree...

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    Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Gives Us Cumberbatch as the Assange We Need

    Listen up, Cumberbitches: The first estate was the clergy, the second the nobility, the third the peasantry, the fourth the press, and “The Fifth Estate” is all Benedict Cumberbatch, who in Bill Condon’s painstaking WikiLeaks movie gives us the not the Julian Assange we know, but rather the Julian A...

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    Josh Singer Talks Challenges of Tackling WikiLeaks Drama 'The Fifth Estate' --and What He Left Out

    Check out our interview with "The Fifth Estate" screenwriter Josh Singer, who got his start right out of Harvard Law School with John Wells on "The West Wing" and went on to write "Fringe" and other TV series. He talks about the fascinating real-life personality at the center of the action, WikiLeak...

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    As 'Fifth Estate' Hits Theaters, Julian Assange Continues to Play the Media with New HFPA Interview (TRAILER)

    One of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's many skills is playing the media. His latest move was to appear on Skype with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation, timed for the upcoming release of Dreamworks biopic "The Fifth Estate," hitting theaters October 18. Unsurprisingly, he blasted the film, te...

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    Benedict Cumberbatch Responds to Julian Assange's Letter, Explains Why 'The Fifth Estate' Is Important to Him

    With Bill Condon's Wikileaks thriller "The Fifth Estate" opening wide later this month, the film's subject Julian Assange took to his site earlier this week to post a letter sent to the actor that portrays him in the film, Benedict Cumberbatch, urging him not to take part in the project. Cumberbatch...

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    Watch: New Clip From 'The Fifth Estate' Plus Read Julian Assange's Full Letter To Benedict Cumberbatch

    For the past few years, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have made headlines around the world for exposing the deep, dirty secrets of governments and powerful business organizations. They've forced some dark truths into the harsh light of day, and when that happens, you generally don't make a lot of fri...

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