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The Stanford Prison Experiment – The Review

30 July 2015 7:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I first learned about the story of the Stanford Prison Experiment in high school. It was a journalism/newspaper class of all classes – where I had a monthly movie review column, which served as my first foray into film criticism. The idea of a psychology professor taking students and throwing them into a simulated prison system didn’t make much sense to me then. It seemed cruel and unusual, and my naïve, middle-class upbringing didn’t understand the benefit of forcing students to be cruel to other students. Never the less, that experiment conducted by Philip Zimbardo (played here in the film by Billy Crudup) in 1971 has always fascinated me due to its unusual nature.

Now that I’m older, I understand its meaning and its relevance. The Stanford Prison Experiment, the film, deftly recreates these intense moments that followed over the case of several days, showing the excruciating stress »

- Michael Haffner

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Movies That Changed My Life: ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez

30 July 2015 10:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of the more intense films to emerge from the Sundance Film Festival, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's gripping "The Stanford Prison Experiment" (read our review) is a dramatization of a notorious 1971 psychology experiment that went very, very wrong. It's a potent piece of work, featuring a terrific ensemble cast (Michael Angarano, Ezra MillerLogan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Tye Sheridan, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Moises Arias, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Crudup), and which takes the filmmaker into different territory following his first two pictures, "Easier With Practice" and "C.O.G." Like any filmmaker who can easily switch gears, Alvarez's cinematic tastes are wide ranging. In the latest entry in our series Movies That Changed My Life, Alvarez discloses how films as diverse as "Vertigo," "Showgirls" and "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" left an impression. "The Stanford Prison Experiment" »

- Edward Davis

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Trailer for Mark Ruffalo's Spotlight, About Pedophile Priests

29 July 2015 10:46 PM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "Spotlight" film, starring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, and John Slattery. Check it out below. The movie is based on a story by the Boston Globe that investigates the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts. Boston Globe's team of reporters spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by Church leadership. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests and opened the floodgates to other revelations of molestation and cover-ups around the world that still reverberate today. "Spotlight" is directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) and is set to hit theaters on November 6th. Trailer: »

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Watch The Tense First Trailer For Spotlight

29 July 2015 1:40 PM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Coming from director Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent), Spotlight tells the true story of one of the biggest investigation of the 21st Century, as a group of reporters from the Boston Globe expose the Catholic Church’s systematic cover-up of sexual abuse. With an absolutely fantastic cast, including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, and Stanley Tucci, Spotlight doesn’t seem to be afraid of exploring it’s subject matter, and it’s hard not to shake the feeling of a 70’s style thriller, a la All the President’s Men, from the trailer. This is certainly one movie that should be high on your must watch list. Released: 6th November »

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The Highly Anticipated Spotlight Gets A Trailer

29 July 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Each year, a lot of filmmakers make a lot of movies. Some of them are noteworthy, some become celebrated award-winners, while a rare one or two enter into the annals of history – taking place alongside great works by artists such as Alan J. Pakula. Part of the fun is predicting which film – if any – will fall into the latter category, and this year, all eyes are on Spotlight.

It’s not an outlandish idea to compare the upcoming drama to Pakula’s legendary All The President’s Men, since the subject matter shares the theme of presenting a fictionalized account of some of the most important and remarkable journalism of the 20th century. Where Pakula’s Oscar winner focused on The Washington Post’s work on the Watergate scandal, Spotlight depicts the work of The Boston Globe in uncovering the Massachusetts Catholic sex abuse scandal of 2001.

In a further connection, »

- Sarah Myles

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Watch the first trailer for Thomas McCarthy’s latest feature ‘Spotlight’

29 July 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Tom McCarthy has become a familiar figure over the course of his career in several arenas, whether as a performer on Syriana and HBO’s The Wire, or as a writer for films such as Pixar’s Up and Million Dollar Arm. It is as a filmmaker, however, that McCarthy has gained the most prominence, receiving critical acclaim for his filmmaking debut The Station Agent, which was matched by the praise for his follow-ups The Visitor and Win Win. With his last film hitting theatres early this year, McCarthy immediately got back behind the camera for his next film, titled Spotlight. The film’s synopsis is as follows.

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

McCarthy once again takes on directing and writing duties for the film, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Spotlight Trailer: Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo Remind You That Not All Journalists Are Bad

29 July 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Spotlight stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Keaton as a group of hard-core journalists who were a part of the Boston Globe's investigative unit, "Spotlight." (Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, and Billy Crudup also star.) Written and directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent), Spotlight focuses on the Pulitzer Prize–winning investigation into the widespread sexual abuse by Catholic clergy — and its massive, decades-long cover-up. See? Not all journalism is bad. Go journalism!Spotlight opens in theaters November 5. »

- E. Alex Jung

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This Trailer About the Church Molestation Scandal Is Not For the Faint of Heart

29 July 2015 11:15 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Liev Schreiber head up an all-star cast in Spotlight, a movie about how The Boston Globe uncovered a massive history of child molestation within the Catholic Church. The trailer is here, and it's every bit as intense as you would imagine. In real life, the reporters won the Pulitzer Prize for exposing the child abuse in 2003. John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, and Billy Crudup also star in the film, which will debut at the Venice Film Festival and hit theaters on Nov. 6. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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First Trailer for Tom McCarthy's 'Spotlight' Starring Michael Keaton

29 July 2015 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"How do you say 'no' to God?" Open Road Films has debuted a trailer for Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, a newsroom thriller about the Boston Globe journalists who investigated and uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation in the Catholic Church. Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton leads the way, but the ensemble cast includes Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. This is premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals this fall, and looks like a fascinating journalistic thriller, reminding us how much work goes into breaking stories. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer for Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, found on YouTube: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Spotlight is directed by the very talented actor-filmmaker Tom McCarthy, »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: First 'Spotlight' Trailer Shines Light on Catholic Church Abuse

29 July 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday it was announced Spotlight would play the Toronto Film Festival and this morning it was confirmed it would have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The movie,, from writer/director Thomas McCarthy. It's a movie that's quickly become one of the most anticipated films over the final months of this year, and for good reason. Stories focused on journalists often make for excellent cinema and you combine that with a story focused on the Boston Globe investigation into the Boston Archdiocese's cover up of sexual abuse within the Catholic church, and this cast and you have a whopper of a film on your hands. As for that cast, it includes Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Billy Crudup and John Slattery in a story of the Boston Globe's Spotlight investigation team who uncovered the scandal and fought to expose the truth. Following its »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Michael Keaton Takes Down the Catholic Church in Star-Studded 'Spotlight' Trailer

29 July 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup: Includes 'Equals' and 'The Danish Girl' World Premieres, New Noah Baumbach Documentary Fresh off the news that it will screen at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" has received a debut trailer touting its star-studded ensemble and powerful subject matter. Looking to rebound after the critical bashing of "The Cobbler" earlier this year, writer-director McCarthy ("The Station Agent," "Win Win") looks to be in good hands with a post-"Birdman" Michael Keaton starring opposite Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James and Billy Crudup. The official synopsis reads: "'Spotlight' tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Spotlight’ Trailer: Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams Investigate the Church

29 July 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Spotlight tells the story of the Boston Globe’s investigation into allegations of child molestation by Catholic priests, and just look at this cast assembled by director Tom McCarthy: you’ve got Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup playing people on both ends of the legal argument. The […]

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- Russ Fischer

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Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams Dig Into Church Scandal in 'Spotlight' Trailer

29 July 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"How do you say no to God?"

That chilling question is asked in the new trailer for "Spotlight," Tom McCarthy's drama about the real-life investigation into Catholic Church abuse allegations undertaken by Boston Globe reporters in 2002.

"Spotlight" features a cast of eyebrow-raising caliber including Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Scheiber, Billy Crudup, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci. The trailer alone is an acting showcase filled with intense stare-downs and fiery declarations. With that cast, and the weighty subject, "Spotlight" looks like an early awards contender.

Watch the trailer.

The actors worked closely with their Boston Globe counterparts, who won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting. Their work helped put a national and then global, well, spotlight on sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.

"Spotlight" opens in theaters November 5.

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- Kelly Woo

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Trailer: McAdams, Keaton In "Spotlight"

29 July 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

An impressive cast comes together for Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," a new thriller about the Boston Globe's now famous long-term investigation into allegations of child molestation by Catholic priests. Their report led to the exposure of the decades-long systematic abuse within the Catholic Church, a scandal that made headlines around the world and one which the church has never fully recovered from.

McCarthy has assembled an impressive ensemble for this including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. It's currently slated for a November 5th theatrical release:


- Garth Franklin

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27 Things You Didn't Know About the 'Mission: Impossible' Movies

29 July 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

After 19 years, Tom Cruise's first major franchise is still one of Hollywood's best.

As Ethan Hunt, the star turned himself into an action hero with 1996's "Mission: Impossible" -- going Full Cruise with all the running, punching and jumping onto a bullet train from (naturally) an exploding helicopter. The first film was a huge hit, spawning five sequels -- all from different directors, as the series aims to give each "Mission" its own unique fingerprint.

Cruise is back for the latest installment, "Rogue Nation." Before you see the movie this Friday, your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to check out these 27 facts about the "Mission" films.

"Mission: Impossible" (1996)

1. Before locking down Brian De Palma to direct, the first filmmaker Cruise approached about "Mission" was Sydney Pollack, whom he had worked with previously on Paramount's 1993 summer hit, "The Firm."

2. De Palma designed many of the »

- Phil Pirrello

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'The Martian,' 'Black Mass' Lead Toronto Film Festival Lineup

28 July 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller The Martian, starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut, and Black Mass, a Seventies-era crime drama about notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger (played by Johnny Depp), are among the first crop of movies announced for this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

The Martian — based on the bestseller by Andy Weir — will make its world premiere at Tiff. It stars Damon as an astronaut left to fend for himself on the red planet after being separated from his crew in their attempt to flee Mars amidst a storm. »

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'The Martian' and Michael Moore lead 2015 Toronto Film Festival selections

28 July 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate.  Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition."  It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next."  Notable films that will have premiered »

- Gregory Ellwood

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A Social Study Goes Haywire in The Stanford Prison Experiment

27 July 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

IFC Films presents a unique drama detailing a true life story that a lot of people probably haven’t heard of. “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” starring Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, highlights the incredible social experiment involving participants posing as prisoners and guards. The film also stars Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Logan Miller, Thomas Mann, Michael Anganaro, Keir Gilchrist, Moises Arias, Johnny Simmons, Chris Sheffield, Jack Kilmer, Ki Hong Lee and James Frechville. Dr. Zimbardo himself acted as a consultant for the film. “The Stanford Prison Experiment” is now available on cable VOD and will be expanding it theatrical release this week. Here’s more about “The Stanford  [ Read More ]

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25 Essential Prison Movies

23 July 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "The Stanford Prison Experiment," now playing in limited release, took fourteen years to get made, and finally arrived at Sundance 2015 with a stellar ensemble including Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan and Michael Angarano. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the uncompromising nature of the film, the reception was divided (our own rave is here) but even those on the more negative end of the spectrum tended to use words like "compelling," "vivid" and "effective" in their critiques. And those are adjectives that this film (which scooped the Screenwriting award for Tim Talbott) shares with the best in the wide and variegated genre of the prison movie. The microcosmic possibilities of life on the inside have been mined many times for dramas, comedies, spoofs and thrillers that, while set in penal institutions or situations that resemble them, actually comment on human psychology or on the society outside. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Exclusive: Resistance Is Futile In Clip From 'Stanford Prison Experiment'

21 July 2015 11:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

On August 14, 1971, Stanford University psychologist Philip Zimbardo initiated an experiment that has resonated for the succeeding 44 years. Twenty-four volunteers were rounded up and randomly divided into groups of "prisoners" and "guards," with the intent to study the psychology of individuals in the penal system. What happened is dramatized in the harrowing "Stanford Prison Experiment" and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Read More: Review: Provocative And Unnerving 'Stanford Prison Experiment' with Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, More  Logan Miller, Tye Sheridan, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Moises Arias, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Crudup star in the movie showing the incremental but intense breakdown in the simulated jail, as the "guards" become mad with power and the "prisoners" are degraded. In the scene below, you get a sense of how things went badly. And yet, despite the notorious outcome »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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