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“Denial” is the perfect film to open the week of the first Presidential debate

9 hours ago

On Monday evening, the first of three Presidential debates was held, pitting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, against businessman Donald Trump, the Republican candidate. This Friday, the historical drama Denial opens, and they’re kind of a perfect pairing. Politics aside, there’s a fundamental frustration when it seems like only one side is using facts in their argument, and that’s a central theme in Denial. Though it’s about a historian going up against a Holocaust denier, you can easily see the parallels. A decade ago, this would have been a surefire awards contender. This year, it’s a bit more of a fringe player, but it’s definitely a solid film and one well worth seeing. The movie centers on the surreal legal battle that author and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) endured when she was sued for libel by noted Holocaust »

- Joey Magidson

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Denzel Washington’s directorial outing “Fences” drops an intense First Trailer

27 September 2016 12:04 PM, PDT

A few hours ago, we got a first look at one of the season’s potentially biggest contenders. Yes, a First Trailer arrived for Fences, the adaptation of the Broadway show of the same name. Directed by and starring Denzel Washington, it may very well be one of the only contenders that can challenge La La Land for frontrunner status at the Academy Awards this year. We’ll get into its Oscar hopes later, and obviously you’ll be able to see the Trailer at the end of this piece, but first up, let us discuss the film a bit. Some of you might not be familiar with the play, and that’s perfectly alright. I’m here to help. Again, the movie is a cinematic version of the stage play of the same name. The plot centers around an African American father named Troy (Washington) and the family he »

- Joey Magidson

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Matin Scorsese’s “Silence” has an official 2016 release date

26 September 2016 12:07 PM, PDT

Go figure. Just as I had decided to pull it from my next set of Oscar predictions, the folks at Paramount Pictures finally give a release date to Martin Scorsese’s passion project Silence. Yes, on December 23rd the movie will open in limited release, before going wide the next month in January. It’s a sigh of relief to many cinema fans out there, while it also represents one more huge contender in a still pretty crowded field. That will get culled down when the precursors begin, but for the moment, Silence is back on as a top tier contender for Academy Award attention. The film is an adaptation of the Shûsaku Endô novel of the same name. During the 17th century, a pair of Jesuit priests in Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) travel to Japan looking for their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson). There, »

- Joey Magidson

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