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Should he win, Washington would have more Oscars under his belt than any other African-American actor. He is already the most nominated, having landed his seventh nod this year for Fences, and is also the only African-American to win multiple acting Oscars.
But with Casey Affleck’s gut-wrenching turn in Manchester By the Sea wracking up best actor nominations and wins throughout awards season, this year’s Oscars will see Washington playing an unfamiliar role: the underdog.
He admitted »
- Mike Miller
The Academy Award winner will star alongside Holly Hunter in the untitled 10-episode series.
The series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot — is it mental illness, or something else? The series is described as a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today.
Robbins will play the philosophy professor, Greg. He is questioning his life, his purpose, and the world in which he lives — a world in which it seems the bad guys have won — and his strained relationship with his wife Audrey (Hunter) adds to his overall anxiety.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Theodore Melfi’s film shocked with a win in the Screen Actors Guild’s top category Sunday night, beating out Oscar heavyweights like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight” and adding a lot more gas to the tank with the 89th Academy Awards just under a month away. “La La Land” was not in the running, perceived more as a two-hander than an ensemble film, but this is quite the feather in the cap of a film that has a lot to say about putting divisions aside and working toward common good.
Boy does that ring loud and clear right now.
Could “Hidden Figures” be an Oscar threat? I think you’ll see a concerted effort to get it there now, 14 daunting »
- Kristopher Tapley
I’m sure everyone thought Live By Night was going to be a big deal— Ben Affleck directing his first film since Argo won Best Picture, and this time a crime story based on a novel by the same guy who wrote Mystic River. It feels like a sure thing; America loves prestige mafia stories— just ask Scorsese, Coppola, or Chase. Unfortunately, Live by Night isn’t quite like any of those, or rather, it’s too much like those and other movies that came before that. It never quite feels like an original story, and it collapses under the pressure to be something amazing so it never settles for being just good. It could have been a great good movie.
There’s so much going on in Live By Night, it’s an endless cavalcade of story and plot points, but I’m not sure it ever gets around »
- Arthur Tebbel
The writing of American novelist Dennis Lehane is particularly well suited to screen adaptation. His propulsive narratives, bullet-hole plot points and a knack for capturing the fractious banter of blue-collar Boston all combine into that rarest of assets: authenticity. It’s for this that Lehane tends to attract big-ticket directors hoping for prestige projects: Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, 2003), Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, 2007) and Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island, 2010).
But that crucial authenticity is missing from this newest adaptation of a Lehane novel. For his latest outing as a director, Affleck returns to Lehane’s work, this time the 1920s Boston and Florida-set gangster novel Live By Night. But there’s something too sanitised and synthetic about this picture. It feels like a facsimile of prohibition America, a Vegas casino recreation rather than the real thing, »
- Wendy Ide
Author: Dave Roper
The prospective candidates for admission to MiB were hand-picked because they were the best of the best of the best. That’s a lot of superlatives. Eric Roberts and Chris Penn were two of the more unlikely members of a Tae Kwon Do team that took on Korea in The Best of the Best and across pretty much every athletic and artistic theatre of endeavour you can think of, debate rages as to who is the best of the best. Today we look at the greatest movie actors.
This new series of articles is not intended to lay such arguments to rest. Instead it will hopefully prompt some discussion and (polite) debate as we consider, within certain film-making disciplines, who might be considered to be the best and what is their best work. Highly subjective, of course, but that is whence springs healthy debate. We’ll get to actresses, »
- Dave Roper
It's shaping up to be a competitive Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with three new wide releases hitting theaters along with two major expansions and the moderate expansion of Martin Scorsese's Silence. Yet, even with that being the case, after narrowly edging out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for the #1 spot last weekend, Hidden Figures is looking at a more decisive victory this weekend as the film adds more than 800 theaters. The new releases include STX's PG-13 horror The Bye Bye Man, Paramount is finally delivering Monster Trucks and Open Road will premiere the Jamie Foxx vehicle Sleepless into just over 1,800 theaters. In addition to new releases Lionsgate and CBS Films brings Patriots Day to audiences nationwide and Warner Bros. will do the same for Ben Affleck's Live by Night, but while the former is looking at a solid debut the latter has struggled in limited release. »
- Brad Brevet
Boss Man: Interview with the director and star of Live by Night, Ben AffleckBoss Man: Interview with the director and star of Live by Night, Ben AffleckBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine1/12/2017 10:01:00 Am
Things have changed a lot in Hollywood since the old contract-player days. However, if there’s any talent who’s identified with a particular studio at the moment, it’s Ben Affleck.
The square-jawed, 44-year-old Bostonian produced, directed and starred in Warner Bros.’ last Best Picture Oscar winner, Argo. He’s also made The Town and The Accountant for the company in the past few years. And Affleck not only plays the most important character, Batman/Bruce Wayne, in Warner’s latest round of DC Comics-based movies, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
“It was a dream for me because I got to understand how women of that era managed to get by, trying to be the bosses and making a conscious decision to love freely,” she said. “I came away with the feeling that many more women were like that. You kind of want to trick yourself to pretend ‘What if this is real?’ so it was so easy to be transported to that era.”
Film Review: ‘Live by Night’
- Dave McNary
9 items from 2017
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