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'Logan' movie with Hugh Jackman as the mutant Wolverine: 20th Century Fox's gamble results in one of the best superhero movies. 'Logan' movie review: 'Wolverine' trilogy concluded 'in surprising and rewarding fashion' The trailer for Logan, the final film in the standalone Wolverine trilogy, is set to Johnny Cash's funereal cover of “Hurt,” the already-depressing song by Nine Inch Nails. If there was ever a warning that a superhero film was going to trudge down a grim path, that's as unsubtle an indication as you're gonna get. It's a warning worth heeding, though. Logan is a long, grave, and violent neo-Western; a Dark Knight of the soul that earns its R-rating before its first scene is complete. For audiences whose appetite for Marvel's vaguely juvenile destructo-thons has congealed into cultural obligation and drudgery, Logan is a welcome expansion of what a superhero saga can be. And even »
- Mark Keizer
The 89th annual Academy Awards, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel Feb. 26, will honor 20 acting nominees who gave some of the best performances of the year. Ever wonder how such on-screen talents got their big break? As in years past, we’re revealing the first credited on-camera roles of 2017’s leading actor contenders—because everybody’s gotta start somewhere! Read: How to Become an Actor Best Actress in a Leading Role Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”Despite many French awards, “Elle” marks Huppert’s first Oscar nod. Mon dieu! The 1971 TV movie “Le prussien” was the first of her many such projects, followed by the big-screen features that have made her a cinematic legend. Ruth Negga, “Loving”Plenty of performers got their start in soap operas. Just ask first-time nominee Negga, who first took to the screen back in 2004 in an episode of “Doctors,” the still-running British medical series. Natalie Portman, “Jackie »
Taraji P. Henson is moving from checking figures to taking lives, with Variety reporting that the Hidden Figures and Empire star has signed on for the lead role in the new hitman drama Proud Mary. Henson will play a hired killer whose violent life is turned upside-down when a young boy awakens “the maternal instinct she never knew she had.” In other words, it’s pretty much Leon: The Professional, except with a badass Cookie Lyon in the place of loner Jean Reno.
- William Hughes
3 items from 2017
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