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When Johnny Depp‘s mustache comedy “Mortdecai” brought in less than $5 million on opening weekend, it marked the A-list actor’s fifth straight box office bomb. But he’s far from the only top billed actor to endure a tanker or two.
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- Travis Reilly and Todd Cunningham
In Rodrigo García’s Last Days in the Desert, Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and the Devil, and he brings a surprising amount of sincerity to both seeker and snake. It sounds like stunt casting, but it’s not. Many of the Devil’s temptations, questions, and asides feel like they could be coming from within Yeshua, or “the Holy Man,” as he’s referred to in the film. The Devil toys with Jesus’ own insecurities — whether that’s meant metaphorically or literally, you can decide for yourself. Last Days in the Desert focuses almost entirely on the time Jesus spent in the desert before coming to Jerusalem, and the first words he utters are to the sky are, “Father, where are you?” This is a portrait of the prophet as a man of doubt.Jesus is looking for God, trying to find a way to communicate with Him. All he »
- Bilge Ebiri
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