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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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    First Look At Ben Foster As Lance Armstrong In Biopic That Still Needs A Title, Suggestions?

    The last movie we saw about cycling was "Premium Rush," so the limited genre that it already is, there's really has nowhere to go but up. We certainly won't argue with a movie led by the excellent Ben Foster, particularly if he's playing disgraced former American hero Lance Armstrong.

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    Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet & Jesse Plemons Join Stephen Fears' Lance Armstrong Biopic With Ben Foster

    Sorry, J.J. Abrams and Scott Z. Burns and Jay Roach, while you guys might be cooking up your films about disgraced cyclist and former American hero Lance Armstrong, Stephen Frears has beaten you to the front of the pack. Earlier this year he lined up Ben Foster to play the lead in his film, and now ...

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    Review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' Floats But Doesn't Quite Sting

    Capturing the magnetic, larger than life personality of Muhammad Ali has been something only a few actors have tried over the years, including Will Smith, Darius McCrary and Terrence Howard. And while the boxing legend and sports world superstar can be imitated, he simply can't be duplicated. So cal...

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    Watch: New Trailer For TIFF People's Choice Award Runner-Up 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan

    When Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave" won the Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award, we were slightly surprised—given that the prize generally tends to lean toward more crowd-pleasing movies—but we weren't surprised to see Stephen Frears' "Philomena" take one of the runner-up s...

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    Toronto: How 'Philomena' and 'A Field in England' Represent Two Tendencies In British Cinema

    Two British films, "A Field in England" and "Philomena" (both playing at the Toronto Film Festival), use comedy to depict real historical events. While they couldn't be more different from each other, together they demonstrate the great and many traditions of British comedy.

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    Venice 2013: A Guide To All The Films

    The lineup for the 70th Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, with new films from James Franco, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Hayao Miyazaki, David Gordon Green, Kelly Reichardt, Xavier Dolan, Jonathan Glazer, Amos Gatai and Errol Morris all screening in competition.

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    WATCH: First Clip from Stephen Frears' Oscar Hopeful 'Philomena,' with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

    The first clip from Brit director Stephen Frears' dramedy "Philomena," which debuted at Venice to raves and will play TIFF this month, has arrived. The Weinstein Company has slated the film, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, for a December 25 stateside release.

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    Watch: First Clip From Oscar-Contender 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steven Coogan, Weinsteins Set Xmas Release

    So just how hot a ticket is Stephen Frears' "Philomena"? Well, after earning rave reviews out the Venice Film Festival (including a strong one from us), word was that The Weinstein Company were ready to sneak the film into Telluride this past weekend. But apparently TIFF organizers weren't pleased a...

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    Venice Review: Stephen Frears' '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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