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Never be afraid of robots? Perhaps we should be

...the level of blowing my mind, mostly because it's cribbed from so many other science fiction tales. Banderas is a great actor, but he's joined by Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster, both of whom seem to be merely going through the motions...
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Civil Rights film seems to try too hard

...bigger problem is that the entire production, the whole of these myriad problems, feels amateur. Forrest Whitaker is a great actor and he has some really good scenes, as does his son, played by David Oyelowo, but these scenes feel almost out of...
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Movie review: A big story to tell in 'Oblivion'

...dollars and with the whole Scientological empire at his beck and call needs an apologist, but there it is. He's just a great actor, plain and simple. He never goes half-way on a performance - he totally commits, no matter whether the rest of...
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Movie's simplicity enables the tension and terror

...Pictures Tom Hanks will go down in history as one of the greatest actors of all time. I know, I know, I'm going out on a...particularly popular or anything. But what makes Hanks such a great actor is not simply that people like him and his movies so...
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Movie review: Superb acting just the start in 'Lincoln'

...with David Strathairn, as William Seward, and Sally Field as the long-suffering Mary Todd Lincoln. Strathairn is a great actor, and his Seward, especially his look, brought to life the cantankerous politician who, earlier in his career, was...
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'Django' good, but not for everybody

...ridiculous. Tarantino deserves accolades for his technical talent, for his ability to get great performances out of great actors and even those who are not so great, and for his writing, but there's no reason to throw a civil-rights award...
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Buzz is all good on 'Ghost Protocol'

...the media and the public fall on him like a ton of bricks. And yet, as a performer, Cruise is amazing. He's a great actor, though these movies don't require it, and for being almost 50, is in remarkable shape. And, he does a lot of...
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'Wall Street' sequel turns into a meltdown

...veteran Eli Wallach, who seemed barely aware that he was even in a movie. I don't mean to impugn Wallach, who was a great actor, and played two of my favorite villains of all time in both "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Good, the Bad, and...
?Hitcher? detours on out-of-control ride

...Sean), Hauer?s Hitcher was purposeful and calculating. Hauer, though never having become a huge movie star, is a great actor who, if ever so slightly, improves whatever piece of junk he?s in. This current incarnation of ?The Hitcher...
Garbo: The Spy

Opens Friday, Nov 18, 2011 Synopsis: Juan Pujol was called "Garbo" by British intelligence agents because they regarded him as "the greatest actor in the world." And perhaps he was -- he was good enough to persuade Nazi authorities that he was working for them even as he was serving the Allies at the same time, and received high decorations from both sides without either learning his true identity. Pujol was a Spaniard who was determined to work against the Axis during World War II, and provided German intelligence with information that he'd received through a network of 27 spies in Europe and the U.K. Of course, those spies never existed, the information he gave the Germans was largely false, and his insistence to the Germans that the Normandy landing was just a distraction helped make the successful D-Day campaign possible. However, while the Germans didn't know who Pujol was, neither did the British, and while he was reported dead in 1949, three decades later it was discovered that Pujol was alive and using another identity in South America. Filmmaker Edmon Roch uses interviews, newsreel footage, vintage photographs, clips from Hollywood espionage dramas and WWII propaganda films to tell the true story of one of the greatest and most elusive spies of his generation in Garbo: The Spy (aka Garbo: El Espia and Garbo: The Man Who Saved the World). The film was an official selection at the 2010 San Francisco Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review


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