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    The Big O: When Race is an Issue in the Oscars

    What does a black leading lady have to do to win an Academy Award again? Considering there seems to be a renaissance in black cinema, you would think the timing would be perfect. But you would be wrong.

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    Review - 'Prisoners' Is A Distinctly, Deliciously Stressful Psychological Thriller (Opens Today)

    There's much to meditate on in Prisoners, the dark psychological thriller out this Friday starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie could be described as distinctly, deliciously stressful, with its winding mysteries and shocking reveals, its broody atmosphere and consistent aura of forebo...

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    Prisoners

    Every parents’ nightmare is vividly depicted in "Prisoners," the first Hollywood feature from talented Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, who brought us the chilling Oscar nominee "Incendies."

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    Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal In Surprising 'Prisoners'

    Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners sounds cookie-cutter conventional, and in fact there is nothing fresh in the concept: two little girls are abducted, and the father of one of them goes after a suspect the police have released. The clock is ticking ... and other cliches we've heard way too many times...

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    TIFF Review: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her' Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis & More

    You’d think that with all the sappy romantic comedies that exist, "When Harry Met Sally" and Richard Linklater’s 'Before...' series (just to name the most beloved), that relationship films have run their course and said all they’ve got to say. But then this year the Palme D’Or was awarded to a film ...

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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal Carry Denis Villeneuve's Tense Kidnapping Drama 'Prisoners'

    A first-rate ensemble procedural with weighty themes to spare, Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve's tense kidnapping drama "Prisoners" revolves around a familiar set of genre ingredients but lays them out with expert precision. Similar to Villeneuve's Oscar-nominated "Incendies," the director's fir...

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    Telluride Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

    Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on the precipice of having a tremendous fall film festival season. Arriving in just a few short days is their first collaboration, “Enemy,” a terrific psychological doppelganger thriller that will premiere next week in Toronto. But first up, th...

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    Universal Sets 2014 Release Date for James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up,' Starring Chadwick Boseman UPDATED

    UPDATE: Universal has set an Oscar-friendly 2014 release date for its James Brown biopic, now titled "Get On Up," starring Chadwick Boseman ("42"). It will hit theaters on October 17 of next year.

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    Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer Eyed To Reteam With 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor For James Brown Biopic

    The last time Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer worked with Tate Taylor, in the director's 2011 hit "The Help," they both earned Oscar nominations, with the latter taking home the trophy to put on her mantle. So is it any surprise, that they may jump at the opportunity to work with the filmmaker again...

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    Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis All Eyed For Roles In James Brown Biopic

    Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer could be reuniting with their The Help director, Tate Taylor, in his James Brown biopic, which, yesterday, booked Chadwick Boseman in the starring role.

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