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The Book Thief

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    ‘The Book Thief’ Screenwriter Disappointed By Fox’s Changes To Script, Desire For Family-Friendly Film

    Momentarily an awards season contender due to studio-willed exposure alone, WWII drama “The Book Thief” nonetheless sputtered out upon its US release, never quite connecting with critics or fans of the best-selling book by Markus Zusak. As the Oscars played out this past weekend with only John Willi...

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    Geoffrey Rush Escapes from Scene-Chewing Roles with 'Book Thief': "How do I Avoid Cliches?"

    The best thing in Fox 2000's World War II drama "The Book Thief" ($16 million domestic to date) is Australian actor Geoffrey Rush. Ever since he broke out in his Oscar-winning "Shine" in 1996, he's been a go-to actor for big-screen character roles, from the Marquis de Sade in "Quills" and the whacke...

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    Critics vs. Academy: Do 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' 'Saving Mr. Banks,' and 'The Book Thief' Need Great Reviews?

    A look at the gap between critics and Academy voters. Will "The Book Thief," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "Saving Mr. Banks" scoot past reviewers?

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    Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ballhaus Talks 'The Book Thief'

    The Book Thief" might be flying under the Oscar radar, but it's a unique Holocaust story told from a child's point of view as well as Death's (adapted from the best-seller by Markus Zusak). And that's what attracted DP Florian Ballhaus, best known for comedy ("The Devil Wears Prada").

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    Actresses Tackle a Difficult Subject in The Book Thief

    Women and Hollywood recently spoke to Emily Watson and Sophie Nelisse about the importance of the film and the need for more movies about this time period.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Book Thief' Survives Critics, Oscar-Contender 'Wind Rises' Sells Out Two Theaters

    This week's newbies are a mixed bag. "The Book Thief," a rare major studio platform release, overcame less than great reviews for a respectable showing, while Disney's release of Hayao Miyazaki's subtitled animated feature "The Wind Rises" sold out most shows at two one-week-only theaters. The rest...

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    Friday Box Office: 'Thor' Strong, Not Mighty, 'Last Vegas' Lures Boomers, '12 Years' Passes $12 Million

    Adding to its stellar first-week overseas haul of more than $150 million, "Thor: The Dark World" is grabbing more than half of Friday's Top 10 box office take. With $31,633,000 (including Thursday night shows) already in the till the Marvel/Disney sequel will score an easy #1 for the weekend. Howeve...

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    Review: 'The Book Thief,' Starring Geoffrey Rush, a Well-Meaning but Oddly Muted Holocaust Tale

    "The Book Thief," adapted from Markus Zusak's best-selling novel, is a well-meaning re-telling of the oft-told tale: the Holocaust was a time of unimaginable horror, but even during the worst moments of man's inhumanity to man, there were good people around who adopted the children of Communists and...

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    The Book Thief

    "The Book Thief" treads on familiar ground... the situations are realistic, the moral choices genuine, and the emotions honestly portrayed.

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    This Weekend: See Gibney's 'The Armstrong Lie,' Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises,' and Marvel's Fun 'Thor: The Dark World' (TRAILERS)

    This weekend movie-goers can take their pick from a shrewd documentary about Lance Armstrong's fall from grace ("The Armstrong Lie"), an enjoyable turn-your-brain-off Marvel entry about a hot guy with a hammer ("Thor: The Dark World"), or an animated drama from one of the greats of the medium, Hayao...

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