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Second Opinion – Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

20 September 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bridget Jones’s Baby, 2016.

Directed by Sharon Maguire.

Starring Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, Sarah Solemani, Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent.


Bridget’s focus on single life is interrupted when she finds out she’s pregnant, and she’s not sure who the father is.

Fifteen years ago the first Bridget Jones film was released, and the character quickly became an icon for singletons everywhere. Zellweger’s brilliant performance (and her superb English accent) instantly won over any people who doubted that the Texas-born actress could sufficiently portray a British icon. The film was a huge success, garnering an Oscar nomination for Zellweger, and furthering the popularity of co-stars Colin Firth and Hugh Grant as well. A sequel followed three years later which was basically a retread of the same story (“Hmm, is Darcy right for me? Ooh look, Daniel Cleaver! Wait, he’s not very nice. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Review: Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' is a return to form for Hollywood's master of agit-prop

16 September 2016 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

At first glance, there is little about Snowden that would seem to distinguish it from some of this year’s other “I’m not sure there’s a movie in that true story” based-on-a-true-story movies like Sully and Deepwater Horizon, especially in the wake of the Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate or the exceptional documentary Citizenfour. But Snowden has a secret weapon, and it’s one that I wasn’t expecting: a fully-engaged and on-his-game Oliver Stone. And when Oliver Stone is on his game and fully engaged, there are few filmmakers who are more interesting or provocative. I have been a fan of his work for most of the time I have been a film fan, even before I knew fully who he was. I was drawn to films he had written, and when he made the jump to directing full-time with the back-to-back accomplishment of Salvador and Platoon, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Composer Craig Armstrong to Be Feted With Ascap’s Henry Mancini Award

19 February 2016 6:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will present Craig Armstrong with its prestigious Henry Mancini Award at its 31st annual Screen Music Awards on March 24.

The awards ceremony — formerly known as the Ascap Film & TV Awards — recognizes composers and songwriters from the past year’s top films, television shows and video games.

Armstrong, best known for his work with director Baz Luhrmann, resulting in his Golden Globe-winning score for “Moulin Rouge!” and Grammy-nominated score in “The Great Gatsby,” is being recognized for his music contributions to film, television and visual media.

“There is nothing that Craig Armstrong can’t do,” said Ascap President and Chairman Paul Williams in a statement. “His work gleefully ignores genre distinctions, and he has expanded our understanding of what music can mean for a film, opera or theater production. We never know what to expect next from Craig’s restless imagination.”

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- Alyssa Sage

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