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Arts Issue: Celebrity actors lend power to television

Arts Issue: Celebrity actors lend power to television

April 10, 2014
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Television used to be a place for aging actors out of their prime, like Alec Baldwin in “30 Rock” or Christian Slater in “My Own Worst Enemy.” But as of late, actors still at an A-list level in Hollywood are pursuing roles in superior TV shows or even helping produce projects that would otherwi... Read more »

Arts Issue: A-list actors step behind camera

Arts Issue: A-list actors step behind camera

April 10, 2014
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There comes a point when an A-list celebrity may ask him or herself, “Who is the best director I can work with?” Sometimes the answer is, “I am.” Projects by actor-directors throughout film history have yielded mixed results, ranging from Oscar wins and financial successes to self-indulgent va... Read more »

Crude Jude brings role to life in ‘Dom Hemingway’

Crude Jude brings role to life in ‘Dom Hemingway’

April 2, 2014
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As “Dom Hemingway” opens, the titular character stands naked while giving a prolonged monologue about his privates. He is not a particularly likeable man — at first, you want to punch him and about half way into the film, you wish he would leave the screen forever. However, the film eventually ma... Read more »

‘Raid’ sequel makes for visceral film experience

‘Raid’ sequel makes for visceral film experience

March 28, 2014
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Think about the last American action flick you saw. It is entirely possible that the shaky camera work butchered the action to the point where you could barely see what was happening. In the Indonesian film “The Raid 2: Bernadal” — as in its predecessor — director Gareth Evans makes sure the audience... Read more »

Aaron Paul helps kick ‘Speed’ into gear

Aaron Paul helps kick ‘Speed’ into gear

March 12, 2014
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Since the jury is still out on whether filmmakers can successfully adapt a video game into a critically acclaimed film, to say that “Need for Speed” may be the best adaptation so far is a backhanded compliment. For better or worse, the film is essentially a guilty pleasure flick for auto-racing enthu... Read more »

Buzz builds for Sundance selections

Buzz builds for Sundance selections

February 2, 2014
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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival showcased new films expected to please audiences in the coming year. For the past 30 years, the festival has provided an oasis for new and niche filmmakers to premiere their films and has become one of the most important independent film festivals in the United St... Read more »

‘Gimme Shelter’ cannot bolster Hudgens’ reputation

‘Gimme Shelter’ cannot bolster Hudgens’ reputation

January 29, 2014
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Disney stars have the burden of critically panned films during their tenure as teen pop icons, and this stigma does not fade quickly. For example, High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens' latest role in “Gimme Shelter” — a true story, according to its opening titles —  neither functions as a ... Read more »

Highly anticipated films on horizon

January 27, 2014
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Hollywood is always looking to start fresh and improve the movie-going experience for audiences. However, year after year they trot out similar trends. This new year is no exception: we will recognize many familiar strategies employed to varied results. As ever, large ensemble casts of A-list talent are po... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: ‘This is the End’ takes outrageous comedy to profound levels

ARTS ISSUE: ‘This is the End’ takes outrageous comedy to profound levels

December 5, 2013
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From arguments about masturbation to a severed head kicked around like a soccer ball, “This Is the End” certainly has high shock value. Although critics often argue otherwise, shock is not always a bad thing in a film, especially when the actors are willing to self-deprecate themselves in the process. A... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: Extravagant makeup contributes to movie success

ARTS ISSUE: Extravagant makeup contributes to movie success

December 5, 2013
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What’s up with Sean Penn’s nose in “Gangster Squad” or Bradley Cooper’s hair in “American Hustle?” How does Bruce Willis barely look beaten up after jumping through windows in “A Good Day to Die Hard?” The answer is makeup, an art that never receives enough credit in films. Most view... Read more »

‘Gravity’ proves audiences want to watch smart films

‘Gravity’ proves audiences want to watch smart films

October 24, 2013
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  After four years in development hell, with months of actors considered for the lead roles and a protracted post-production schedule that delayed the film’s release for a year, “Gravity” made its premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year to rave reviews. But critical praise neve... Read more »

‘Rush’ showcases impressive performances, action sequences

‘Rush’ showcases impressive performances, action sequences

September 26, 2013
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  When it comes to storytelling, Ron Howard never plays it safe. Howard switches genres at will and — even when he tells a true story, he usually intensifies and fictionalizes it to successfully attract an audience. His latest film, “Rush,” is a prime example of how successful Howard c... Read more »

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