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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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    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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    Watch: Judi Dench Gets Back into Character as M, Enlists Steve Coogan in Funny or Die Crusade Against 'Philomena' MPAA Rating

    The Weinsteins are at war with the MPAA again. Their upcoming release, "Philomena," which stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, was recently slapped with an R rating due to the MPAA ruling that it consists of more than one “harsher, sexually-derived word” used as an expletive.

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    Judi Dench takes on the MPAA for 'Philomena'

    Dench signaled her willingness to wage a public battle with the MPAA in a 23-second YouTube video, in which she channeled M, her tough-as-nails character from the James Bond series.

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    Oscars: Which Films Will Pick Up Original & Adapted Screenplay Nominations?

    Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Twilight Zone. As long as almost anyone can recall, the Adapted Screenplay category has been more far more competitive than the original script slot. In general, more Academy-friendly films tend to have been adapted from novels, non-fiction books, plays, articles...

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    Dog Day Afternoons

    'Alan Partridge' and 'The Dog' reflect on Sidney Lumet's '70s classic and its real-life inspiration.

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    NYFF Review: Steve Coogan Brings His Beloved 'Alan Partridge' To The Big Screen With Mixed Results

    Back in 1994, a movie called “Airheads,” about a trio of bumbling stooges (played by Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler and a goateed Steve Buscemi) who take over a radio station in order for their demo to get played over the airwaves, was released to, more or less, a critical and commercial shrug. In the...

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