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Movie review: 'Lone Survivor' paints an honest, even portrait

...last year, but redeems himself with a very nice performance as Murphy. Best of all, however, is the quietly intense Ben Foster as Axe. Foster does not always choose the best projects, but he is always interesting. "Lone Survivor" manages to...

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Lone Survivor

Now Playing Synopsis: Based on a true story, director Peter Berg's Lone Survivor stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch as four Navy SEALs whose sensitive mission into the Afghan mountains is unexpectedly compromised, leading to a fierce skirmish with a small army of Taliban soldiers. The year is 2005. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, the War in Afghanistan is well under way when military intelligence learns that a senior Taliban member is hiding out in a remote village deep in the Hindu Kush mountains of the Kunar Province. Convinced that his capture or killing could turn the tide of the difficult war in favor of the United States, the Navy SEALs hatch Operation Red Wings. The goal is simple -- send a select team of soldiers to stake out the village from the surrounding mountains, and move on their target when the time is right. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Michael Murphy (Kitsch), Marcus Luttrell (Wahlberg), Matt Axelson (Foster), and Danny Dietz (Hirsch) reach their checkpoint, and quickly realize that another nearby hill will provide a better vantage spot. Shortly after arriving at that new location and getting a positive ID on their target, however, the soldiers are caught off guard by three wandering shepherds, including a young boy. Ultimately, a heated vote over what to do with the captured shepherds leads Lt. Murphy to decide that the best course of action is to abide by the rules of engagement, meaning that the soldiers will abort the mission, release the captives, and retreat to their extraction point. Shortly after the shepherds are set free, however, the four SEALs find themselves surrounded by dozens of Taliban soldiers, and engaged in a fierce gunfight that -- with the aid of some truly brave villagers -- only one of them will make it out of. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

No need to smuggle 'Contraband'

...need that joke to be telegraphed any more than it already was? The actors in the film, Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster -- they're all usually pretty solid. But here, with so little to work with, they don't really rise to the occasion...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/arts-entertainment/2012-01-26/no-need-to-smuggle-con
Arts & Entertainment
The Western rides again: Russell Crowe shines as bad guy in remake of '3:10 to Yuma'

...has only recently become recognizable to mainstream audiences. Playing Batman will do that for you. Character actor Ben Foster is adequate as the evil Charlie Prince, Wade's nattily dressed second-in-command. At times he was perfect, vicious...

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Love, Marilyn

Now Playing Synopsis: Filmmaker Liz Garbus takes an intimate look at the life, death, and legacy of Marilyn Monroe through never-before-seen personal papers, diaries, and letters. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Paul Giamatti, Ben Foster, Uma Thurman, Hope Davis Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Kill Your Darlings

Now Playing Synopsis: Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William S. Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Kammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Kammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyra Sedgwick, David Cross, and Michael C. Hall co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Contraband

Opens Friday, Jan 13, 2012 Synopsis: A former smuggler from New Orleans faces ruthless drug lords, vicious criminals, corrupt officials, and trigger-happy hit men after getting back into the business to help his brother-in-law settle a deadly debt. When it came to transporting illicit goods under treacherous circumstances, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) used to be the best in the business. But all of that changed when he chose to give up his life of crime to start a family with Kate (Kate Beckinsale). Chris learns that leaving his past behind is easier said than done, however, after Kate's brother Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) goes to work for ferocious drug lord Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), and drops the ball on a major deal. Now, in order to set things right, Chris must smuggle millions of dollars in counterfeit bills from Panama into the United States. And if anything goes wrong, Tim will target his entire family for death. With his best friend Sebastian (Ben Foster) by his side and a crackerjack crew along for the ride, Tim heads to Panama for one last job. Later, with time running out and a treacherous maze of desperate criminals to navigate, the job gets complicated, and Chris must race to reach his family before Tim gets to them first. Lukas Haas, Diego Luna, and J.K. Simmons co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Prometheus

Opens Friday, Jun 8, 2012 Synopsis: Director Ridley Scott steps back into sci-fi territory with this tale that takes its cues from the Alien films -- which it was originally supposed to tie in to before growing into its own mythology during pre-production. Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof provide the script, while The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender head up the cast, which also includes Charlize Theron, Ben Foster, and Idris Elba. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, Idris Elba Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Now Playing Synopsis: Writer/director David Lowery (St. Nick) weaves this poetic drama centered on the journey of a notorious outlaw who breaks out of prison to reunite with his beloved wife and the daughter he's never met. Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie were two outlaws on the run when their crime spree came to a sudden end deep in the Texas hills. When the gunsmoke cleared following a shootout with police, a local officer lay critically wounded by deadeye Ruth. Determined to save his love from getting thrown behind bars, however, Bob claims responsibility for the shot, and receives a stiff prison sentence. A few years later, when Bob learns that Ruth has given birth to their daughter, he makes a daring escape, and flees to be with them at any cost. Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine, Kennadie Smith Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

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Now Playing Synopsis: Satellite-mapping engineer Will (Ben Foster) is working on a survey of Armenia in a provincial hotel when he crosses paths with Armenian expatriate Gadarine (Lubna Azabal). Gadarine is a photographer who has recently returned to her home country from abroad. When the connection between them proves powerful and immediate, the pair throws caution to the wind and decides to become travel partners. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Ben Foster, Lubna Azabal, Narek Nersisyan, Yuri Kostanyan, Sofik Sarkisyan Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

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