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What to say about … Ralph Fiennes in The Tempest

8 September 2011 9:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Trevor Nunn's latest Shakespeare doesn't impress the critics much – even with a movie star at the helm (although they do at least like Ralph Fiennes's Prospero)

This again: Shakespeare made marketable with the presence of a movie star. On the specials board today – Ralph Fiennes as Prospero in a Trevor Nunn Tempest. But wait! Here's a turn-up. Fiennes is actually the best thing about this production, in the view of half the critics. The other half – actually more like three quarters – would say he is the only good thing it has.

"Oh, that this Tempest were a monologue!" Karen Fricker declaims to the groundlings at Variety. "While Fiennes is a major artist in full command of his powers, once-great helmer Nunn is currently sucking fumes." I'll leave you to speculate on what that last bit actually means.

The Standard's Henry Hitchings, to everyone's relief, is not a man »

- Leo Benedictus

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Sundance Snapshot: Channing Tatum Shows His Chops in The Son of No One

26 January 2011 10:55 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Though my time at the Sundance Film Festival is winding down, I've still got plenty of goodies to share with you all. The Son of No One piqued my interest for its star-studded cast, and though the cop thriller wasn't my favorite of the festival's offerings, it's not without its merits. Here's how the film measures up. Who's behind it? Dito Montiel (Fighting, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) wrote and directed the film, which stars Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, and Tracy Morgan. What's it about? The film captures two different times in the life of Jonathan White (Tatum). In 2002, he's living in Staten Island with his wife (Holmes) and young daughter. He commutes two hours a day to work as a rookie in the police force, and his personal life and career are put into peril when he starts receiving threatening messages about his haunting past. The other half »

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