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    Viola Davis Education Reform Drama 'Won't Back Down' Heading To Blu-ray/DVD 1/15 w/ Bonus Features

    Oscar nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis lead a stellar cast in what was supposed to have been an empowering drama inspired by actual events, but was ultimately just not very good, saved by its strong cast.

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    Talking with Maggie Gyllenhaal about Won't Back Down

    I'm a bit obsessed with this film.  My obsession stems from the fact that we have a film with two previous women with Oscar nominations in it (three if you count Holly Hunter in her supporting role) that has basically been dumped, and has allowed the teachers union to have the upper ha...

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    Box Office: Sony Finishes September Strong With 'Hotel Transylvania' & 'Looper' Topping Weekend

    Conventional wisdom suggests a studio shouldn’t release two films on the same date, or even a week within each other, for fear of cannibalizing business. But this weekend, Sony took conventional wisdom out back and beat the life out of it, smashing records with the nation’s top two movies. Their ani...

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    In Theaters: 'Looper' 'Won’t Back Down' From 'Hotel Transylvania;' 'Pitch Perfect' May Be 'The Other Dream Team'

    In case anyone was feeling too happy, the potential ruin of the human race is out in full celebratory regalia this weekend. Inescapable hit men, broken education systems, a Puritan-era killing machine, and a grifting mommy make up just a taste of the gleeful subject matter. And – for a lift &n...

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    Maggie Gyllenhaal High School Drama 'Won't Back Down' Has Some Teachers in a Tizzy -- But It's Not the First Time

    Writer-director Daniel Barnz's "Won't Back Down" is certainly not the first dramatization of the inner workings of a high school to breed controversy, but it arrives at an especially contentious moment. With debate raging for years and a high-profile teacher strike in Chicago recen...

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    Criticwire Picks: A Close Race Between "Looper" and Docs

    Rian Johnson's new sci-fi thriller opens as this week's favorite among Criticwire members.

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    Out This Week: From a Basketball Doc to a Medical Exposé, 6 Reviews of New Indie Releases

    This weekly column is intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release (and in certain cases studio films). Specific release dates and locations follow each review.

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    Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal Court Controversy With Won't Back Down

    When was the last time there was a movie that focused on two women (or more) both over 30 that opened on 2,500 screens?  I count three in the last two years.  Earlier this year there was Joyful Noise starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton (which wasn't a big success.)  And last y...

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    Watch: Viola Davis & Maggie Gyllenhaal 'Won't Back Down' In 4 Clips From The Education Drama

    With her performances in “Doubt” and “The Help” both garnering her deserved Oscar buzz, actress Viola Davis quickly attached herself to another awards season hopeful, the education-reform drama “Won't Back Down.” Apparently 20th Century Fox believes so too, an...

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    Watch: Trailers For 'What Maisie Knew,' 'Won't Back Down,' 'The Possession' And 'Maniac'

    While the following films have all been simmering quietly on the burner while we usher in the major tent poles of the summer movie season, their trailers promise that once the explosions and action die down, we can get back to normal (for the most part).

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