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Movie review: Superb acting just the start in 'Lincoln'

...there's more to the movie than just Daniel Day-Lewis. Providing the film's comic relief are James Spader, John Hawkes, and Tim Blake Nelson as the trio of political operatives assigned to put pressure or add incentive for members of...

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Arts & Entertainment
Film's intensity cuts to the bone

...biggest asset for this film, however, is the acting, and most of that is on the shoulders of two performers. One, John Hawkes, who plays Teardrop, has been around for a long time, though rarely playing a role of this size. The character actor...

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Arts & Entertainment
Martha Marcy May Marlene

Opens Friday, Oct 21, 2011 Synopsis: An escaped cult member experiences paranoia and isolation while attempting to start a new life with her sister's family. Try as Martha might to blend into her new upper-middle-class surroundings, she can't help but be haunted by nightmares of the time she spent under the control of a malevolent cult leader, or the fear that the group is watching her every move and awaiting the perfect moment to take their revenge. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Christopher Abbott Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Opens Friday, Oct 7, 2011 Synopsis: An escaped cult member experiences paranoia and isolation while attempting to start a new life with her sister's family. Try as Martha might to blend into her new upper-middle-class surroundings, she can't help but be haunted by nightmares of the time she spent under the control of a malevolent cult leader, or the fear that the group is watching her every move and awaiting the perfect moment to take their revenge. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Christopher Abbott Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Higher Ground

Opens Friday, Aug 26, 2011 Synopsis: Actress Vera Farmiga makes her feature directorial debut with this adaptation of Carolyn S. Briggs' autobiography, This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost. Haunted by a low sense of self-worth ever since her childhood in the 1960s, Corrine finds her happy family falling apart by the time she reaches high school, and seeks comfort in the arms of talented young guitarist Ethan. Later compelled to join a tight-knit fundamentalist community that offers both security and spiritual nourishment, Corrine and Ethan discover a sense of peace that ultimately proves short-lived once the more conservative tenets of the congregation start to take priority. Her illusions of the ideal faith-based community shattered, Corrine begins to question her entire belief system as her life starts to unravel once again. Joshua Leonard and John Hawkes co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard, John Hawkes, Dagmara Dominczyk, Norbert Leo Butz Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Higher Ground

Now Playing Synopsis: Actress Vera Farmiga makes her feature directorial debut with this adaptation of Carolyn S. Briggs' autobiography, This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost. Haunted by a low sense of self-worth ever since her childhood in the 1960s, Corrine finds her happy family falling apart by the time she reaches high school, and seeks comfort in the arms of talented young guitarist Ethan. Later compelled to join a tight-knit fundamentalist community that offers both security and spiritual nourishment, Corrine and Ethan discover a sense of peace that ultimately proves short-lived once the more conservative tenets of the congregation start to take priority. Her illusions of the ideal faith-based community shattered, Corrine begins to question her entire belief system as her life starts to unravel once again. Joshua Leonard and John Hawkes co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Joshua Leonard, Norbert Leo Butz, Michael Chernus, Vera Farmiga, McKenzie Turner, Donna Murphy, John Hawkes Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

The Playroom

Now Playing Synopsis: Ugly family truths surface in 1970s-era suburbia as a pair of hard-drinking parents host a wild party downstairs while their perceptive children trade stories in the attic. John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and Olivia Harris star in this honest reflection of family life from Late Bloomers director Julia Dyer. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: John Hawkes, Molly Parker, Olivia Harris, Cody Linley, Jonathon McClendon Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

The Sessions

Now Playing Synopsis: A 38-year-old man who has spent most of his life in an iron lung enlists the help of a sexual surrogate in order to lose his virginity in this drama starring Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes and inspired by the life of poet/journalist Mark O'Brien. With the support of an unconventional priest (William H. Macy) and a devoted team of caretakers, the virginal writer hires a compassionate sex surrogate (Helen Hunt), who finds her life profoundly transformed by their tender sessions. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Rhea Perlman, Adam Arkin, William H. Macy Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Lincoln

Now Playing Synopsis: Steven Spielberg helms his long-in-the-making biopic of Abraham Lincoln for DreamWorks and Touchstone Pictures. Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the former head of state in the Tony Kushner-penned adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals, which chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War. Sally Field leads a co-starring cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Academy Award nominee John Hawkes. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Lincoln

Opens Friday, Nov 9, 2012 Synopsis: Steven Spielberg helms his long-in-the-making biopic of Abraham Lincoln for DreamWorks and Touchstone Pictures. Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the former head of state in the Tony Kushner-penned adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals, which chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War. Sally Field leads a co-starring cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Academy Award nominee John Hawkes. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

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