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After ‘The Knick,’ Andre Holland Sets His Sights on Bigger Film, TV Roles

5 October 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As a child in Atlanta, André Holland was attracted to storytellers. “My grandfather was a preacher, so I grew up hearing his stories and watching his performance,” says the 36-year-old actor. “I was also always around a lot of old-school Southern storytellers, so telling stories was important to me. But I didn’t realize it was something you could do for a career.”

It is, and he has. After standout performances in “42” and “Sugar,” Holland broke through with his blistering turn in Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax drama “The Knick,” in which he played Dr. Algernon Edwards, a brilliant physician fighting for respect at the turn of the century. It was his work on that show that paved the way for his current high-profile projects. He’s now appearing on season six of FX’s “American Horror Story: Roanoke” as a loving husband who moves into a dangerous home with a past. And »

- Jenelle Riley

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After ‘The Knick,’ Andre Holland Sets His Sights on Bigger Film, TV Roles

5 October 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As a child in Atlanta, André Holland was attracted to storytellers. “My grandfather was a preacher, so I grew up hearing his stories and watching his performance,” says the 36-year-old actor. “I was also always around a lot of old-school Southern storytellers, so telling stories was important to me. But I didn’t realize it was something you could do for a career.”

It is, and he has. After standout performances in “42” and “Sugar,” Holland broke through with his blistering turn in Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax drama “The Knick,” in which he played Dr. Algernon Edwards, a brilliant physician fighting for respect at the turn of the century. It was his work on that show that paved the way for his current high-profile projects. He’s now appearing on season six of FX’s “American Horror Story: Roanoke” as a loving husband who moves into a dangerous home with a past. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Update: Will Latino Viewers Continue To Say 'No Mas' To Latino Movies?

6 September 2016 9:51 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Update: 

I've added the update for this story at the end.

Original Column:

Today something significant will be happening. Today, people can prove me wrong about something I've been saying for years. 

But I don't think they will.

See, today, Hands Of Stone will go wide. It'll jump from 810 theaters to around 2,000, with the hope of a big Labor Day Weekend payoff in a few days. 

It centers on the legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, has a stellar cast, and comes from a time in history that's so recent that the film's central figure is still alive today. For advocates of diversity, you have the talented Edgar Ramirez starring as Duran, you have pop music megastar Usher Raymond as the iconic pugilist "Sugar" Ray Leonard, and a supporting cast littered with hispanic performers like Rubén Blades, Ana de Armas, and Yancey Arias

The production is rounded out by the "Raging Bull" himself Robert De Niro, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Hands Of Stone Review: A Knock-Out Cast Pulls No Punches

26 August 2016 2:02 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Roberto Duran was one of boxing's greatest champions in the 1970s. He had speed, skill, and power, and he absolutely owned a ring. In fact, Duran was known to have "hands of stone." The Panamanian Champion rose up from nothing, and had the world in his hands, until he uttered two fateful words during his second fight with "Sugar" Ray Leonard, words that haunted him until the end of his boxing career, even after he was able to rebrand himself and continue boxing for a living.

In the new film, aptly titled Hands of Stone, the story of Roberto Duran (played impeccably by Edgar Ramirez) is told, primarily from the perspective of his long time trainer, Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro). Arcel was a Jewish trainer who, in the 1950s, saw the potential for boxing to be a huge TV sensation, but the New York mafia disagreed and tried to kill him to protect their racket. »

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Hands Of Stone – Review

25 August 2016 8:55 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As the Summer starts to fade, the multiplex looks again to sports films, those (like the “sport” of movie viewing) which are set indoors, away from the harsh cold winds. We’re not talking hockey or basketball, but rather the “mano y mano” battle that seems almost tailor-made for movies, boxing. Of course, there are many times when the boxing flick has been mixed with other genres. Just last year we had a boxing/ family tear-jerker with Southpaw and a boxing/ fantasy/ franchise-reboot Creed (it squeezed a few tears from audiences, too). This time out (perhaps to be an early Oscar contender), we’re seeing a pugilistic biography, a mix that goes back to the dawn of cinema. The 1940’s had Gentleman Jim, and the 50’s had Paul Newman as Rocky Marciano in Somebody Up There Likes Me. The greatest true-life boxing biopic may be 1980’s Raging Bull with an Oscar-winning turn by Robert DeNiro. »

- Jim Batts

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Mercenary’

22 May 2016 12:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A Wallisian rugby prop weighing in at 111 kilos, with a massive battering-ram body and eyes that glower from behind his rugged, tribal-tattooed hide, Toki Pilioko has the sort of physique Hollywood casting agents inevitably pigeonhole in one of two roles: the dark-skinned drug dealer, or else that over-muscled thug who hefts oil barrels over his head and chunks them Donkey Kong-style at a white-guy action hero. He’s “the heavy,” and for once, a movie demonstrates the insight and sensitivity to look past that tough-guy exterior and discover the conflicted character within. That movie is Sacha Wolff’s impressive feature debut, “Mercenary,” which plays with such a character’s outsider status within the context of a easily relatable sports story — the rare kind of ethnographic portrait insightful enough to work on the festival circuit, while still accessible enough to excel in a popular commercial context.

Pilioko plays Soane, a rugby player from Nouméa, »

- Peter Debruge

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The Americans Review: Like Sugar Glass

6 April 2016 8:47 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It takes too long to kill someone in television, and The Americans is no exception. It takes too long to gather their things, and put them in bags. It’s always more formal, and stiff, and quiet. It’s obvious, in retrospect, when the decision to kill has been made. But you never see it coming. It is always a surprise. From the moment Nina was sent to prison, she was going to die. Everyone knew it. Oleg knew it. Stan knew it. Nina knew it. She couldn’t be the person that she needed to be to escape. She helped them suss out

The Americans Review: Like Sugar Glass »

- Hunter Bishop

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DVD Review: Mississippi Grind

7 March 2016 3:04 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ With its loose road movie vibe and appealingly downtrodden turns from the two tremendous leads, Mississippi Grind certainly fits into the "they don't make 'em like that anymore" cinematic category. Writer/director duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, no strangers to thoughtful character studies (Half Nelson, Sugar), are clearly more interested in spending time on mood and performance than plot. Their film conjures fond memories (without ever coming across as an outward steal) of contemplative 1970s work like Fat City. Unlike some gambling-based movies out there, the filmmakers are unconcerned with the mechanics of the game and instead focus on what motivates the characters and the sometimes emotional ramifications of their shared addition.

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- CineVue UK

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