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Op-ed: Debates vs. debates

...but Douglas-Home declined, saying, "You'll get a sort of 'Top of the Pops' contest. You'll then get the best actor as leader of the country and the actor will be prompted by a scriptwriter."Given today's political system, Douglas-Home...
Reeling it in: 'Wild Card' worth a roll of the dice

...Card" is the latest Jason Statham action flick, a characteristic that doesn't necessarily bode well. Statham is a good actor, but he signs on to some truly terrible movies. What interested me is that "Wild Card" is based on the 1986 Burt...
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Reeling it in: The big win went to the smallest of the Best Picture Nominees

...Edward Norton, as Mike, is delightfully obnoxious and a huge pain to work with, but backs it up by being a really good actor - just like the real Edward Norton. There are myriad parallels to real life in "Birdman," not the least of which...
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...the face of David Oyelowo, who played the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma" and was famously left out of the best actor nominees, during the rousing performance of the song "Glory" from the film. Immediately afterward, Common and Legend...
Reeling it In: 'American Sniper' an expertly crafted film

...and then unexpectedly lauded by both audiences and the Oscars (it garnered six nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor, though Eastwood was shut out of the director's race.)The reaction to the film isn't exactly surprising. "American...
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Reeling it in: 'Fury' a grim but effective war film

...true impact. I was particularly impressed with the performances in the film. Brad Pitt is one of his generation's best actors, but his weakest characters are those like Collier, soldiers, gruff and grim. Here, though, he manages to make...
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'Boyhood' tops Golden Globes, 'Grand Budapest' upsets

...Birdman" still came away with best actor in a comedy or musical for its lead...most hotly contested categories, best actor in a drama, Eddie Redmayne's star, Jeffery Tambor, landed best actor in the category, dedicating his...
Hercules a rare disappointment from "The Rock" out of improving mediocre films with his winning personality and incredibly charismatic performances. He is a good actor, if not necessarily a great one, but he tends to boost the quality of just about any project he's associated with...
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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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'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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