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Reeling it in: Actors' performances carry 'Black Mass'

...For him, loyalty trumps all other ethical concerns. The film is jam-packed with cameos and smaller roles for some great actors, such as Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, and even Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Bulger's brother...
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Reeling it in: 'The Homesman' paints a bleak portrait

...happen at once come off as awkward and strange. Much of the film is strange, in fact. The acting talent is huge, but great actors making "interesting" choices does not exactly equate to "good" acting. Tonally, as well, the movie is very hard...
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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'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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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: 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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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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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...


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