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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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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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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's simplicity enables the tension and terror

...on a limb here. I mean, it's not like the guy's particularly popular or anything. But what makes Hanks such a great actor is not simply that people like him and his movies so much, it's that he is able to commit to a role and elevate it...
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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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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...


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