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    Open Up the Best Actress Oscar Race: Five Locks and Eight Must-See Performances

    As usual, there are more viable men hustling after a Best Actor slot than women in contention for Best Actress. (My current predictions are here.) 'Twas ever thus, as the myopic film industry continues to chase the male demo and sequester "soft" relationship movies to the indie realm. Which means th...

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    Meet Sophie Kennedy Clark, the Newcomer Who's Worked With Lars von Trier, Tim Burton and Stephen Frears

    Three films (and a mere two years) into her career as an actress, Scottish newcomer Sophie Kennedy Clark has already worked with Tim Burton, Stephen Frears and most recently, Lars von Trier.

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    Is 'Philomena' Anti-Catholic? The Real Judi Dench Says "No."

    The New York Post accused the awards contender of attacking Catholics and Republicans. The woman whose life it's based on begs to differ.

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    Philomena

    "Philomena" is a moving story that serves as a perfect vehicle for the incomparable Judi Dench.

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    Review: Lovely And Deceptively Complex 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan

    The term "Oscar bait" is one that, unfortunately, gets bandied about a lot this time of year. At worst, it's used to refer to every faintly serious-minded film released between July and December. At best, it describes a very particular kind of middlebrow drama that seems to have been created from th...

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    Review: Why 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' And 'Philomena' Form An Unlikely Double Bill

    One of the significant new releases coming this week deals with the plight of an innocent woman fighting against the restrictions of a society that has forced her to reckon with terrible circumstances. Actually, make that two new releases.

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    Not Too Sappy, Not Too Harsh: Dench and Coogan in 'Philomena'

    If you're going to tell a heart-warming story about a sweet, wronged little old lady, it helps -- even if she is played by Judi Dench -- to have a hard-nosed, mordantly witty, cynical journliast along to offset the sugar quotient. That is the brilliant strategy behind Philomena, the fact-based story...

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    Review and Round-Up: Stephen Frears' Oscar-Friendly 'Philomena' Stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (TRAILER)

    It's no surprise that the Weinstein Co. is releasing "Philomena," which is one of those movies aimed squarely at the Academy middle. It took a while for writer-producer-star Steve Coogan--who seems to be trying to perform some kind of career rehab by playing a softer-hearted creature than his usual-...

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    The Big O: When it Comes to Oscar Dames, Dench Rules

    According to Oscar, there is no dame grander than Judi Dench.

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    Judi Dench Releases Funny or Die Video in Ongoing Philomena Ratings Battle (UPDATED)

    Philomena co-star Steve Coogan has joined Judi Dench and Harvey Weinstein's fight for a PG-13 rating for their adoption drama. Two weeks before the film's release, Dench and Coogan have released a Funny or Die video in which the actors play M and a James Bond-wannabe.

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