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Movie's simplicity enables the tension and terror

...equal importance and screentime to the villains as to the heroes. There is no doubt that Hanks will get a nomination for Best Actor, and I predict that Barkhad Abdi will get a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but without Phillips' name above...
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Now Playing Synopsis: A high-class costume drama with a substantive historical basis, Becket is the true story of the friendship between King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton), a royal courtier and confidant whom Henry appoints as Archbishop of Canterbury. As Becket takes his duties with the Church seriously, he finds himself increasingly at odds with the King, who finally orders the death of his once-close companion when he continues to defy the throne. Burton is very good and O'Toole is even better: both men were nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, while Edward Anhalt's screenplay, based on the stageplay by Jean Anouilh, won for Best Adapted Screenplay. The basic theme of separation of church and state still reverberates today, while the top-notch production values ensure Becket's place as one of Britain's better historical epics. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi Cast: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Donald Wolfit, Martita Hunt Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

East of Eden

Opens Friday, Apr 18, 2014 Synopsis: This truncated screen version of John Steinbeck's best-seller was the first starring vehicle for explosive 1950s screen personality James Dean, who plays Cal Trask, the "bad" son of taciturn Salinas valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Although he means well, Cal can't stay out of trouble, nor is he able to match the esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Only Aron's girlfriend Abra (Julie Harris) and kindly old sheriff Sam Burl Ives) can see the essential goodness in the troublesome Cal. When Adam invests in a chancy and wholly unsuccessful method of shipping his crops east, his wealth plummets. In an effort to save the business, Cal obtains money from his estranged mother (the proprietor of a whorehouse) and invests it in a risky new bean crop. The gamble pays off (thanks in no small part to the war), but Adam refuses to take the money from Cal, and the resultant quarrel causes Adam to have a stroke. Released the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden provided Dean with his first Oscar nomination, for Best Actor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Dick Davalos, Jo Van Fleet Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

'Premium Rush'? Not so much

...not been the only one in the theater. You can't really shout out quips to yourself. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a very good actor under normal situations, is Wiley. While Wiley is an actual name that people have, people in our hero's world see...
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'Twilight' saga ends with a bang

...crime to the Volturi and their manic, pop-eyed, giggling leader Aro, played by Michael Sheen who is a much, much better actor than this movie might suggest. Of course, Nessie is not an Immortal Child, a fact that Irina could have easily ascertained...
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Movie review: Superb acting just the start in 'Lincoln'

...Crowe, Denzel Washington; all marvelous actors, all Best Actor winners, but somehow not even in the same league with...and even moments of ruthlessness. You often hear of a good actor or actress that they do as much with their eyes as they...
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Movie review: Here's the dirt on the 'Snitch'

...carnage, but I think the casting of Johnson in this role was a mistake. He does a fine job, and I think he's a good actor, but it's a problem of perception. I kept expecting him to snap someone's neck and instead we'd just have another...
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Movie review: Explosive fun in 'Pacific Rim'

...he handles the role just fine and manages not to get lost among the explosions. It's good, however, that he has better actors, like Elba and co-star Rinko Kikuchi, as another Jaeger pilot, to help prop him up. The acting is fine, though...
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...Service riders last week, to explain why it banned Armstrong for life and erased his seven Tour titles."We were all good actors. We all had two faces - the face for the public and for the journalists, and the face behind closed doors," says...
Movie review: Cruise good in so-so film month. Of course, Tom Cruise is far and away the best actor in the movie. Yes, I realize Robert Duvall has a small...distracting than it was elevating. I've seen examples of a good actor or a star elevating an entire production. Tommy Lee...
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