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Forest Whitaker - AFI FEST 2013 Presented By Audi - "Out Of The Furnace" Premiere at TCL Chinese Theater on November 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th November 2013

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'The Butler' Gives Competitors The Brush-Off In First Weekend Success


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The Butler has outperformed all of its rivals upon its first weekend, having been released on 16th August to much nodding from critics and $25 million (£15.9m) earned. The film showcases an all-star cast, who portray a period of dramatic social upheaval in America, set around the life of the not-entirely-fictional butler, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker).

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A Shot From The Movie Showing The Kennedys Meeting The Whitehouse's Staff.

Gaines serves as a butler in the White House for 34 years and eight presidents and uses his unique position to witness important presidential discussions of national civil rights issues as the historical events play out. The movie charts such landmark events as Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the Vietnam war, the Nixon resignation, Obama's presidential campaign and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Gaines' character is based upon the life of Eugene Allen who worked in the White House from 1952 to 1986.

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'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Beats 'Kick-Ass 2' And 'Jobs' In US Weekend Box Office


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Lee Daniels' The Butler has defeated other newcomers Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs in the US Weekend Box Office. The Butler has headed straight to number one whilst Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs have respectively gained 4th and 7th place.

Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey who star in Lee Daniels' The Butler as Cecil and Gloria Gaines at the L.A. premiere.

The Butler has made $25 million in its opening weekend and has gained critical praise. The historical epic is inspired by the true story of Cecil Gaines, a black butler who whilst serving at the White House, saw the offices of eight presidents. His life and family form a touchstone for the audience when addressing such historical events as the Civil Rights Movement and the rise of Black Power in the US. 

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Lee Daniels' The Butler Is "Deeply Affecting And Oscar Bait"


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Lee Daniels' The Butler is released today in US cinemas. Early reviews of the historical drama have been mixed although most suggest the film is definitely worth a watch.

Forest Whitaker and Oprah WinfreyForest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey at the L.A. premiere of The Butler.

The film has been praised by critics for being "both deeply affecting and blatant Oscar bait", according to Claudia Puig of USA Today. Whilst Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal wrote in his review "fiction merges with fact, and finally soars."

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Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Already Aiming At The Distant Glow Of The Oscars


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Lee DanielsThe Butler will only see its US-wide release tomorrow (August 16), but the film, telling the story of a White House butler, who saw eight presidents come and go during his residency, is already being praised across the internet and back.

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The Butler might be patchy, but it's not bad, say critics.

For once, everyone seems to agree what’s so great about the film. The story of Cecil Gains is captivating in many ways, not least of all for its portrayal of the civil rights movement, but for Forest Whitaker in the title role, who steals the show.

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Oprah Winfrey Apologizes For Naming & Shaming Swiss Handbag Merchants In Racism Claim


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Oprah Winfrey claimed last week that she was the victim of a seemingly racist attack by a store clerk in Switzerland. Nearly ten days ago (5 August), the Queen of chat was speaking with Entertainment Weekly when she recalled a recent experience at an exclusive handbag boutique in Zurich - whose identity she chose not to reveal, although it later turned out to be the glitzy Trois Pommes - which sparked a media frenzy across much of the globe and calls for an explanation from the store clerk and the store manager.

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Oprah has since backed down from the racism row

An explanation is exactly what we got too, and it was one that pleaded the store's innocence and that the whole ordeal was a big misunderstanding, something that even Oprah is starting to agree with. Trudie Goetz, the manager of the Zurich boutique, spoke to CNN to say that the entire incident was a "200 percent misunderstanding" and was in no way to do with racism. Similarly, the woman who served Oprah in Trois Pommes and supposedly declined her permission to see a handbag that was being kept behind the counter has also given her side of the story, again saying that there was a misunderstand between the two, which was most likely caused by her poor grasp of English. Speaking to Swiss paper SonntagsBlick, the shop assistant said, "I wasn't sure what I should present to her when she came in on the afternoon of Saturday July 20 so I showed her some bags from the Jennifer Aniston collection. I explained to her the bags came in different sizes and materials, like I always do."

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Keisha Whitaker, Forest Whitaker and Autumn Whitaker - Lee Daniels' The Butler LA Premiere - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Tuesday 13th August 2013

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Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo - Lee Daniels' The Butler Premiere held at the L.A.Live Regal Cinemas - Arrivals - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Monday 12th August 2013

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Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo
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Keisha Whitaker, Autumn Whitaker and Forest Whitaker - Premiere Of The Weinstein Company's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" Held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 13th August 2013

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Keisha Whitaker, Autumn Whitaker and Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker and wife Keisha Whitaker - Lee Daniels' The Butler Premiere held at the L.A.Live Regal Cinemas - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Monday 12th August 2013

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Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey
Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey
Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey
Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey

A Week In Movies: Ford Joins The Expendables, Thor Strikes Back, And Get Ready For The Biopics


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The big news this week was that Harrison Ford will join the Expendables for their third film adventure. Sylvester Stallone tweeted the announcement, then went on to mention that Bruce Willis won't be around this time, apparently because he asked for too much money. Stallone was also caught on camera poking fun at Arnold Schwarzenegger's "big ego". Before they re-team for the next Expendables movie, they're costarring in the prison-break thriller Escape Plan. Watch Sly talking about Arnie at Comic Con here.

The next big superhero blockbuster will be Thor: The Dark World, and we got a more detailed look at the film in a new trailer this week. Pretty much everyone is back, including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and Stellan Skarsgard. The movie looks like a huge-scale action adventure with a sense of humour about it. It opens in October. Watch the trailer for Thor: The Dark World here.

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'The Butler' - Was Oscar Talk A Tad Premature? Reviews Are In!


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While The Butler seemed like an early contender for Oscar contention, the early reviews suggest it may have fallen short in some areas. Praised were the performances, especially Forest Whitaker's, but criticized is the depth of this ambitious movie.

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“Whitaker digs in deep and gives a marvelous under-the-skin performance; he seems to catch the very essence of a man who has spent his whole life trying not to be seen,” say Variety. “A great film about the American civil rights movement is way overdue. The Butler, overwhelmed by flash and good intentions, doesn't even come close,” The Guardian write in their review.

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Video - Minka Kelly And Fantasia Turn Heads With 'The Butler' Premiere Red Carpet Looks - Part 4


'500 Days of Summer' star Minka Kelly, singer Fantasia Barrino and model Yaya DaCosta were definitely among the best dressed at the New York premiere 'The Butler'. Minka wore a floor-length, summery style frock and Yaya displayed her pregnancy bump proudly in tight-fitting blue, while Fantasia ditched the gown altogether to don a cropped black sweater and gold pencil skirt.

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Lee Daniels' The Butler" Premiere Gathers Celebrities For Some Heavy Social Commentary [Trailer] [Pictures]


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Lee Daniels has earned his reputation as the director of difficult, socially loaded pictures and his latest, The Butler, is no exception to the rule. The film, based on a true story, details the life of Eugene Allen, a butler, who worked in cotton fields, before being employed by the White House for 34 years and serving during several presidential administration. In the script, Allen has been renamed to Cecil Gaines and the number of presidents, as well as some other details, has been changed, but the film still maintains historical accuracy. The film offers an intimate perspective of the dramatic twists of African-American history in the 20th century.

Watch the trailer for Lee Daniels' The Butler below.

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Forest Whitaker and Keisha Nash Whitaker - New York Premiere of Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' - Arrivals - New York, United States - Monday 5th August 2013

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Forest Whitaker - New York Premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler - Red Carpet Arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Monday 5th August 2013

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Forest Whitaker and Wife - New York Premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler - red carpet arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Tuesday 6th August 2013

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Forest Whitaker and Wife - Lee Daniel's The Butler - new York, NY, United States - Tuesday 6th August 2013

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Forest Whitaker and Wife

Lee Daniels, Khephra Burns, Susan L Taylor and Forest Whitaker - O the Oprah Magazine hosts a special advance screening of Lee Daniels 'The Butler' at The Hearst Tower Joseph Urban Theater - New York City, NY, United States - Wednesday 31st July 2013

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Forest Whitaker - Chicago premiere of 'The Butler' at the Kerasotes Showplace Icon Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals - Chicago, IL, United States - Tuesday 30th July 2013

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Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan - The 2013 BET Awards held at Nokia Theatre - Inside - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 30th June 2013

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Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan
Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan
Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan
Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan

Nina Yang Bongiovi, Ahna O'Reilly, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz - Special screening of 'Fruitvale Station' in association with the San Francisco Film Society and the Oscar Grant Foundation held at the Grand Lake Theater - Oakland, California, United States - Thursday 20th June 2013

Nina Yang Bongiovi, Ahna O'reilly, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz
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Nina Yang Bongiovi, Ahna O'reilly, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz
Ahna O'reilly, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz
Ryan Coogler, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Ahna O'reilly, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz and Michael B. Jordan

Ahna O'Reilly, Kevin Durand, Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer and Forest Whitaker - 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Fruitvale Station" Premiere at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 17th June 2013

Ahna O'reilly, Kevin Durand, Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer and Forest Whitaker
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Jerome Salle, Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker - 66th Cannes Film Festival - Zulu premiere and Closing Ceremony - Cannes, France - Saturday 1st January 2000

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Jerome Salle, Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker
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Jerome Salle, Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker
Jerome Salle, Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker - Celebrities out and about during the 66th Cannes Film Festival - Day 12 - Cannes, France - Sunday 26th May 2013

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Forest Whitaker - 66th Cannes Film Festival - Inside Closing Ceremony - Cannes, France - Sunday 26th May 2013

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Jerome Salle, Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker - 66th Cannes Film Festival - 'Zulu' - Photocall - Cannes, France - Sunday 26th May 2013

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Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom - Orlando Bloom goes out to dinner with Forest Whitaker at Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez during the 66th Cannes Film Festival - Day 11. According to an eyewitness, Bloom was seen enjoying lots of wine - Cannes, France - Saturday 25th May 2013

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Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom

A Week In Movies: The Hangover Saga Ends, The Hunger Games Cast Talk Catching Fire And Jennifer Aniston Plays A Stripper


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The Hangover III

The big global release this week is The Hangover Part III, and the cast has been jetting around the world for premieres in Los Angeles and London, where fans screamed at actors Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong as they paraded up the red carpet. The critical response hasn't been quite as positive.

The 66th Cannes Film Festival winds down this weekend in France. Critics are praising new films by Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon), Alexander Payne (Nebraska with Bruce Dern) and the Coen Brothers (Inside Llewyn Davis with break-out actor Oscar Isaac). They weren't so thrilled by Ryan Gosling's reunion with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for Only God Forgives, although they praised costar Kristin Scott Thomas for going far against type.

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Forest Whitaker - Celebrity spottings Salt Lake City UT United States Saturday 19th January 2013

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Hot Tickets! US Movie Releases: Jessica Chastain Stars In Creepy Thriller 'Mama,' Arnie Makes A Comeback In 'The Last Stand,' Mark Wahlberg's 'Broken City' Is A Doozy


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With Jessica Chastain nominated for an Oscar for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. Her presence in Mama, alone, should be enough to generate interest in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest supernatural thriller. Anyone expecting a Zero Dark Thirty-style action drama, though, will be sorely disappointed. And possibly a little scared.

Chastain plays the role of Annabel, a woman who welcomes her partner’s abandoned nieces into her home. They are traumatised and clearly disturbed. Annabel seems unsure whether or not she’s ready to look after them. Little does she know, however, that she’s opened the doors of her home to more than just the two young girls, who disappeared the day that their mother was murdered by their father. More of a psychological horror than a guts-n-gore kind of movie, del Toro knows exactly how to get inside the viewer’s mind and linger there, with his superb use of special effects and the kind of suspense tactics that will require the surgical removal of your fingers from the cinema seat by the time the movie’s over.

“Mama succeeds in scaring the wits out of us and leaving some lingering, deeply creepy images ...” Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times 

Continue reading: Hot Tickets! US Movie Releases: Jessica Chastain Stars In Creepy Thriller 'Mama,' Arnie Makes A Comeback In 'The Last Stand,' Mark Wahlberg's 'Broken City' Is A Doozy

Hot Tickets - US Movie Releases - Did We Need Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D? Opinion Divided By Matt Damon's Promised Land


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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Django Unchained are riding high at the top of the US box office charts and as the movie industry lurches slowly into the new year, it’s likely that they’ll remain there. After all, an unsolicited addition to the Texas Chainsaw collection is hardly going to have the pulling power to shift some of the biggest movies of last year off the top of that chart.

That, however, is one of the biggest movies of the week: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. That’s right. An extra dimension has been added to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre story. No, we’re not sure why, either. The phrase “let’s leave well alone, shall we?” springs to mind. The horror genre was just fine and dandy with the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the other Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and... okay all you need to know is that there are already seven of these movies.. but hey, now we have one in 3D, so that, presumably, you can fear not only for the safety of the characters onscreen, but also for the integrity of your own eyeballs, as chainsaw after chainsaw comes flying out of the screen and straight towards your face.

In a classic game of paper, scissors, stone, it becomes quickly apparent that ‘chainsaw’ beats ‘wooden door’ as good old Leatherface wreaks havoc with his favourite power tool once more. Unsurprisingly, it has been met with a tired response, with one reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes describing the film as a “giant turd of a movie.” So, probably not bound for big bucks box office success, then. Bound to divide audiences this one. Divide them between ‘Don’t really like it’ and ‘Really don’t like it,’ that is.

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Our Family Wedding Trailer


Lucia and Marcus are in love, freshly out of college the couple have decided they want to spend the rest of their lives together. The idea is firmly set in their minds, now all is left to do is to introduce the folks and announce the engagement. Simple.

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Repo Men Review


Weak
This action movie misses the two big chances here: to play with the absurdities of its premise and to make a comment on corporate greed. Instead it's just brutally violent and staggeringly stupid.

Remy (Law) is a tough guy working with his childhood pal Jake (Whitaker) for The Union, a company that mercilessly repossesses artificial organs when people fail to make the payments. While their heartless boss (Schreiber) gleefully encourages their violent excesses, Remy's wife (van Houten) wants him to change to a desk job for the sake of their young son (Canterbury). Then there's an accident, and Remy becomes a client as well. So when he falls behind on his payments, he goes on the run with another renegade client (Braga).

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Where The Wild Things Are Review


Excellent
Jonze's inventive approach to Maurice Sendak's classic children's book continually confounds our expectations with an approach that's so offhanded and fresh that it might feel awkward or strange. But it's a real grower.

Max (Records) is a mischievous, imaginative pre-teen with a dismissive big sister (Emmerichs) and an understanding mum (Keener). But a series of events get him thinking about the fragility of life, so he takes a flight of fantasy to a distant island populated by furry creatures who at first threaten to eat him but then adopt him as their king. Playful games ensue, as he leads them in the construction of a giant fortress. But even here, relationships become tricky to navigate.

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Where The Wild Things Are Trailer


Watch the Alternative Trailer for new Spike Jonze Movie Where The Wild Things Are

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Vantage Point Review


OK
When you hear that a film has been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years (since 2006, apparently), certain reactionary red flags go off in your head. Of course, the makers of the new political thriller, Vantage Point, could argue that it was the subject matter, not sloppy filmmaking or underdeveloped characters, that required some temporal displacement. After all, the narrative revolves around the attempted assassination of the U.S. President at an anti-terrorism summit in Spain. The argued novelty of writer Barry Levy's script and director Pete Travis' approach is the Rashomon-styled multiple perspective of the participants. We view this event from every possible point of view except a logical -- or entertaining -- one.

During a high powered public meeting between the United States and several Arab nations, President Ashton (William Hurt) is seemingly felled by an assassin's bullet. Seconds later, a bomb goes off in the square. While Secret Service agents Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid) and Kent Taylor (Matthew Fox) try to piece together the clues, camera-toting bystander Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker) believes he captured the entire event, including the shooter, on tape. Similarly, a local police detective (Eduardo Noreiga) assigned to the mayor believes he knows who did it as well. There are ties to a local insurgency and Middle Eastern influences. But that's just the superficial version of what happened. Once everyone's vantage point is explored, the truth becomes warped and quite deadly.

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The Air I Breathe Review


Weak
Veronica Lake acidly remarked in Sullivan's Travels, "There's nothing like a deep dish movie to drive you out in the open." Jieho Lee's feature film debut, The Air I Breathe, is so deep dish that after it's theatrical run it will probably be found in the frozen chicken pot pie section of your local supermarket.

Supposedly based on an ancient Chinese proverb about the four pillars of life -- Happiness, Pleasure, Sorrow, and Love -- Lee's film embodies these four emotions into four killingly stereotypical characters played by Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Kevin Bacon, handing them their own stories interconnected in a Tarantino-esque roundelay of increasingly absurd coincidences. But even though the film is unrelentingly bleak and despairing and is even bracketed by weeping, all the storylines in the film lead to Sarah Michelle Gellar taking a vacation. It's Sarah Michelle Gellar's world and we just live in it.

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The Great Debaters Review


OK
Told with the against-all-odds mentality reserved for most underdog tales, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters -- inspired by a true story -- recounts how a plucky debate team from all-black Wiley College systematically defeated anyone who dared oppose them until they earned an impossible title shot against the scholars of Harvard University.

Washington, who also directs, plays Melvin Tolson, a hard-nosed instructor who, in 1935, coaches his co-ed team through racially motivated obstacles while simultaneously protecting a secret that threatens to derail his team's historic run. A self-righteous leader, Tolson fills his vessels with the knowledge that a proper education is their lone ticket to a balanced life. The school's president, played with stubborn dignity by Forest Whitaker, echoes this credo in quiet scenes with his son, who happens to be on Tolson's team. "We do what we have to do," the educator exclaims, "so we can do what we want to do." Part of Tolson's method is to drill mantras into his debaters' skulls. The judge is God. Their opponents do not matter. And the only way they will succeed is by telling the truth.

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Even Money Review


Weak
Gambling can mess people up. I've ridden in enough cabs in Vegas to have heard plenty of those stories.

This is a movie about a few more of 'em: A father (Forest Whitaker), saddled with debt, begs his college basketball star brother to lose games to pay off his bookies. And perhaps more overdone: A blocked writer (Kim Basinger) hooks up with a failed magician (Danny DeVito) to learn how to play cards and lose her and her husband's (Ray Liotta) savings. Kelsey Grammar's crippled vice detective and Tim Roth's gangster add to the mix, reminding you just how much acting talent director Mark Rydell managed to accumulate for the movie, only to squander it on a messy script that ties these story fragments together haphazardly.

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The Last King Of Scotland Review


Excellent
It's very seductive when the popular and powerful want to welcome you into their inner circle, and none is more susceptible to the charms than the brash and reckless new doctor Nicholas Gerrigan.

Of course, it's an especially dangerous proposition when the king of the popular crowd happens to be Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, at the cusp of his meteoric rise to vicious despotism.

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Everyone's Hero Review


Bad
As I've said before, I have one rule for reviewing a kids' movie: Does it offer anything for adults who may be watching? Stale jokes, a soundtrack of songs that sounds like a combination of Creed's greatest hits and a sack of sugar, and the vocal talents of Rob Reiner will make adults dread seeing Everyone's Hero. And even though I pay taxes and have a pension plan, I'm fairly certain kids won't have much fun either.

The animated feature focuses on Yankee Irving, a Depression-era kid who embarks on a trip from New York to Chicago to return Babe Ruth's lucky bat and to clear his dad's name. Following Yankee is a crooked pitcher (voiced with gleeful malice by William H. Macy) who wants the bat so his team can hold Babe hitless and win the World Series.

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Panic Room Review


Excellent
It's Home Alone for grown-ups. And just like kids ate up Macaulay Culkin and his homebound adventure, Panic Room is a real (yet creepy) crowd-pleaser for adults.

David Fincher directs this long-awaited follow-up to his groundbreaking Fight Club, with Jodie Foster in her first lead role since 1999's Anna and the King. The story is deceptively simple: Imminent divorcee Meg (Foster) is gaining a boatload of a settlement and, with her bratty, diabetic daughter Sarah (newcomer Kristen Stewart), decides to buy a cavernous, four-story brownstone in Manhattan's upper west side. The night they move in, three burglars pay a visit, searching for an alleged $3 million hidden somewhere in the house. Meg and Sarah hightail it to the secret "panic room," an impenetrable safe room off the master bedroom - only to learn that the money is secreted inside the panic room as well. A game of cat and mouse ensues - only the mice are definitively trapped in one tiny room.

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Platoon Review


Extraordinary
Like no other movie could tell, Platoon shows us categorically that war -- and especially the Vietnam War -- is hell.

The story is vintage Oliver Stone -- based on his own experiences in the bush with only a few moments of fictionalization. In Platoon, Charlie Sheen plays a young and naive Private Chris Taylor, a newbie in Nam who is thrown waist-deep into the jungle only hours after arrival. Within a week he's regretting having volunteered, already a shell of the man he was in the States.

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American Gun (2005) Review


Good
Columbine was only seven years ago and already I'm sick to death of movies inspired by it. I don't mean to be insensitive, but seriously. How many movies can be made about American gun culture? When mixed with hormonal and impressionable kids, nothing good can happen, and tragedies occur. This we understand.

The good news is that Aric Avelino has at least one brilliant spin on the tale in the ensemble piece American Gun, which tracks a handful of characters in the wake of a Columbinian tragedy. The brilliance? Making one of the main characters the single mother of the (now deceased) shooter. Now trying to cope in the same community, and trying to raise another son with less violent tendencies, she doesn't have the cash to leave and, as expected, finds himself surrounded by hate. Played by Marcia Gay Harden, the addled mother is trying to figure out how her son could have done such a thing, while facing the exact same question from the people that surround her. It's the highlight of the film, a searing portrait of humanity and society at its worst.

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The Last King Of Scotland Review


Excellent

It's very seductive when the popular and powerful want to welcome you into their inner circle, and none is more susceptible to the charms than the brash and reckless new doctor Nicholas Gerrigan.

Of course, it's an especially dangerous proposition when the king of the popular crowd happens to be Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, at the cusp of his meteoric rise to vicious despotism.

The Last King of Scotland is a biography told like a coming-of-age drama. Nicholas, played by James McAvoy - think of him as sort of a Ewan MacGregor Lite - is a brand-new doctor in 1971 Scotland who impulsively flees a stifling future and heads to Uganda, where he arrives just after a coup installed beloved soldier-of-the-people Idi Amin, played by Forest Whitaker, as president. Nicholas is meant to provide aid at a remote, overworked rural clinic, where he makes a bee line for the older -- and married -- Sarah (Gillian Anderson).

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Everyone's Hero Review


Bad
As I've said before, I have one rule for reviewing a kids' movie: Does it offer anything for adults who may be watching? Stale jokes, a soundtrack of songs that sounds like a combination of Creed's greatest hits and a sack of sugar, and the vocal talents of Rob Reiner will make adults dread seeing Everyone's Hero. And even though I pay taxes and have a pension plan, I'm fairly certain kids won't have much fun either.

The animated feature focuses on Yankee Irving, a Depression-era kid who embarks on a trip from New York to Chicago to return Babe Ruth's lucky bat and to clear his dad's name. Following Yankee is a crooked pitcher (voiced with gleeful malice by William H. Macy) who wants the bat so his team can hold Babe hitless and win the World Series.

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Mary Review


Excellent
Out of the thousands of problems one could have with Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, there is one thing that sticks out above all: its sureness and certainty. There was no questioning going on in the film and no humbleness in the great face of possibility. It was an act of utter belief, which could be seen as a great gesture or a great detriment. This obviously got the attention of indie rebel Abel Ferrara, the firebrand behind Bad Lieutenant and King of New York. Where Gibson is steadfast in his Christianity, Ferrara has the foresight to fill the film with his own humility and confusion over what's going on up there.Jesus Christ walks into a cave (this would be directly after the resurrection) to find Mary Magdalene and attempts to comfort her. Then, Jesus yells "Cut!" It turns out that he is actor/director Tony Childress (Matthew Modine), and Mary is Marie Palesi (Juliette Binoche). Tony is just wrapping his retelling of the life of Jesus, This is My Blood, and is high on his own self-righteousness. So much so that he blows up at Marie when she announces she is going to Jerusalem. See, Marie has become obsessed with the character of Mary Magdalene and has made it her new mission to try to unlock her secrets.Back in New York, hard-nosed discussion show host Ted Younger (Forest Whitaker) is prepping a week long discussion on Jesus and the Bible. He has a pregnant wife (Heather Graham) that he ignores and a pressing need to get Childress on his show. Childress agrees but Younger hits a water hazard when his wife gives birth prematurely and the life of his son is not certain. Things get really messy, but Younger gives it up to god and Childress stages a coup when a bomb threat threatens to cancel the opening screening of his film.Childress isn't just a representation of Gibson-like pomposity; he is also a representation of Ferrara's feebleness/audacity with this subject matter as well. Ferrara's search is sincere and unbelievably open, but it really is a return to the ideas that he was tangling with in Bad Lieutenant: uncomplicated redemption. Bad Lieutenant's physical world of pain and corruption eventually led to that shocking scene where the Lieutenant offers to kill the rapist and the nun asks him not to, ostensibly forgiving the kids who raped her. The redemption sought after in Mary has much more breadth and a mercurial vastness. Every character is looking for their way to rediscover god, to be brought back into his graces. Childress tries to find it by emulating it, Younger does it by finally giving into his humility and Marie wants to find it through finding Mary Magdalene's true purpose. At moments, it can be overwhelming.Ferrara returns to his city of choice with an uncanny gothic style, dark and frankly frightening. Those long shots of Younger's limo rides home evoke a deep sense of dread in the current state of cynicism and fear (often, Younger is watching news of terrorism during his rides home). For the first time since 1996's The Funeral, Ferrara has found a sustainable tone and a story that allows him room to talk about a reverent subject. Somehow, he turns confusion into a concise study on what it means to believe in god in this day and age. Consider it an act of faith. Amen, brother.

Good Morning, Vietnam Review


Excellent
Think back to middle school for a moment. Who was the class clown? What was he like?

If your eighth-grade classroom was like most, your class clown was a guarded, smallish boy who was utterly terrified of being himself for even a moment, for fear of suffering the ridicule of others. So he made cracks all day long, and if your classmates laughed every one in a while, you may have eventually seen this kid in adulthood spitting jokes professionally in the vicinity of a brick wall.

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Phenomenon Review


OK
John Travolta is one hell of a hairy man. More than any other movie I've seen him in, Phenomenon features more of Travolta's bodily fur than anything else you're likely to come by.

The trailers have been barraging us with this simplest of plots for months. George Malley (Travolta) is a simple man in a small town on the eve of his 37th year, and on his birthday he sees a mysterious light in the sky which knocks him down and, faster than you can say "plot device," turns him into a supergenius. He comes complete with telekinetic powers, limited mind-reading ability, earthquake sensor, giant veggie-growing ability, speed reading, cruise control, and automatic transmission.

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Platoon Review


Extraordinary
Like no other movie could tell, Platoon shows us categorically that war -- and especially the Vietnam War -- is hell.

The story is vintage Oliver Stone -- based on his own experiences in the bush with only a few moments of fictionalization. In Platoon, Charlie Sheen plays a young and naive Private Chris Taylor, a newbie in Nam who is thrown waist-deep into the jungle only hours after arrival. Within a week he's regretting having volunteered, already a shell of the man he was in the States.

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The Fourth Angel Review


Good
Presumably postponed after 9/11 spooked studios and canned after Collateral Damage turned out stillborn, The Fourth Angel arrives on DVD and revisits a theme much like Arnold's movie: Man's wife and daughter killed by terrorists in hijacking gone bad, man goes vigilante when the government does nothing about it.

Jeremy Irons plays Jack Elgin, the unlikely Goetz in this tale, at first distraught and then angry enough to devise meticulous plans to get vengeance on the plane's hijackers who shot his family members so callously. Elgin at first proceeds rather predictably, hunting down the terrorists thanks to tip-off info from people sympathetic to his cause, and then the feds (led by Forest Whitaker, though we're in in England... never mind all that) start to close in. But wait: Is Elgin being set up by someone else who wants the thugs dead?

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High Review


Excellent
What, you ask, is this movie of movies? This one which you've heard about? It's an eighties thing, with not much appeal for the modern troupe because its slower paced, less funny, than what you might see today. But, like a lot of eighties movies, it holds its own merit. This adaptation of the book by Cameron Crowe (don't know who he is? I'll give you a hint. He wrote and directed the famous line "Did you know the human brain weighs eight pounds?" That's right, the maker of Jerry Maguire and Singles) is a coming-of-age drama about a young girl making the choice all of us make, sex or a relationship.Sure, we tell ourselves that both can exist, and they can, but there is the line that she draws: if she wants to sleep around or if she wants to have something to hold onto. And the movie, in a nutshell, is about that. It follows her and her friends during their last year in High School in the small town of Ridgemont. Where each one of them ends up with their troubles, ranging from no girlfriend to an abortion to adultery. It sounds serious, right?That's not quite on target.The movie has its serious moments, but it has its funny moments too: from two girls practicing blow jobs on a carat at a lunch table to a guy cruising for chicks dressed in a pirate cap. The movie is sublimely funny. And interesting. It's very sad, in my mind, that those things are so rarely seen in the 90s.

Chasing Papi Review


Bad
Director Linda Mendoza's debut film, Chasing Papi, works like this: The movie's three gorgeous Latina leads are dating the same hunky guy, whom they affectionately call Papi (Eduardo Verástegui)--but you already know this from the movie trailer. The women are going to bump into one another at Papi's house in Los Angeles--but you already know this from the horoscope that gets read during the movie's first 15 minutes. For some reason, Papi is going to be unconscious for most of the movie--which you've already figured out from the extended shot of the scotch he just used to chase down a handful of tranquilizers. And finally, the women are going to end up fighting over him and eventually learning something about themselves in the process--which you know because, well, this is what passes for comedy these days.

As if this wasn't enough, there's another plotline running through the movie. To get to Los Angeles in the first place, one of the women, Cici (Sofía Vergara), offers to drive her friend's boyfriend's car from Miami to Hollywood, where it is to be delivered to two guys in a parking lot. Sure enough, the two guys turn out to be criminals of some unspecified sort who get angry when they can't find a bag of cash that was stashed in the car. The FBI gets thrown into the mix and, apparently, fun and laughs are supposed to ensue.

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The Crying Game Review


Good
Years ago on David Spade's "Hollywood Minute" segment on Saturday Night Live, the comedian offered his take on The Crying Game's big secret. "Sssh," he said. "It's overrated." Sarcasm aside, I have to agree with Spade.

Is it a good secret? Sure. Is it one of the most memorable in cinema's last 15 years? Possibly. But one good surprise/twist does not make a great movie, and there's very little else in director/writer Neil Jordan's drama to deserve such lavish wide-eyed acclaim. It's a solid, well-acted character study. That's it, I'm afraid.

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4 Dogs Playing Poker Review


Good
Take a cast, temptingly mixed with up-and-comers, never-will-be's, and crazy non-sequiturs like Tim Curry, and toss them into a highly unlikely caper/noir and what do you get? Well, a predictably messy, yet surprisingly fun, bit of cinema.

Sure 'nuff, I never could have expected the day when Olivia Williams (Rushmore) and Balthazar Getty (Shadow Hours) would appear in the same film -- much less play lovers. And in fact, the rest of 4 Dogs Playing Poker is just as improbable, with Tim Curry(!) leading four young and aspiring art thieves on a caper in Argentina, only to blow it by failing to ensure the loot is shipped to the man (Forest Whitaker) who comissioned the gig. Our young heroes find themselves in a bind, as Curry gets snuffed and they are asked to pay up $1 million for the objet d'art gone missing. Their plan: insure each of their lives for a mil, then secretly and randomly assign one of the four to kill another, thus collecting the payoff fee.

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Light It Up Review


OK
Light It Up smolders and spits out some smoke, but no fire. The film treads lightly on the volatile crossroads where disenchanted inner city youth meet the desperate state of urban public education. A la Higher Learning, the prevailing simplification of issues concludes with empty and confusing platitudes in answer to some complex stuff.

Queens, New York - it's about as bad as it can get at Lincoln High. Almost nobody has textbooks, snow is blowing through broken windows in dilapidated classrooms, and student favorite Mr. Knowles (Judd Nelson - The Breakfast Club, From the Hip) was just fired for no good reason by heavy-handed Principal Armstrong. When Officer Dante Jackson (Forest Whitaker - The Crying Game, Jason's Lyric) struggles to detain gifted student artist "Ziggy" Malone on bogus charges, Lester Dewitt (Usher Raymond) takes matters into his own hands by seizing the Officer's gun and taking Jackson hostage. Now barricaded against the New York Police Department, the basketball star Lester, the artist "Ziggy," along with a student council member, a punk-rocker, a hustler, and a gang banger have to figure out what they are standing for.

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Species Review


OK
On the surface, Species is something like a new version of Alien taking place on Earth. Once you look really closely, though, you realize it's a movie about one woman getting naked.

The woman is newcomer Natasha Henstridge, who spends most of the film in her birthday suit--or her alternative alien suit when the need arises. In case you haven't seen the previews, my friend pretty much summed up his impression of Henstridge by asking me during the film, "Did you write down 'babe-a-licious?'" My response: "One 's' or two?"

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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai Review


Excellent
Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai embodies a variety of genres from Mobster to Urban to Martial Arts. Jarmusch, critically acclaimed for Mystery Train (1989) and Stranger Than Paradise (1984), stays true to his uniquely languid and methodical style in telling the fascinating story of Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker - The Crying Game, Phenomenon), a contract killer who has isolated himself from society by taking refuge in a shack atop an inner city rooftop that he shares with a flock of pigeons.

Ghost Dog studies the early eighteenth century Japanese warrior code from the book, Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai, and the story is told as a sequence of verses from the ancient text. Each morning he bows to the altar he has constructed and practices the ancient disciplines of the samurai training. In the spirit of the ancient warriors, he has pledged his loyalty to a single master, a small-time mobster named Louie (John Tormey - Kiss Me Guido, Jungle 2 Jungle), who saved Ghost Dog's life when he was young. As an assassin, Ghost Dog communicates only via carrier pigeon and moves through the night like a phantom, killing with the skill and speed of a true Samurai.

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Battlefield Earth Review


Terrible
There are two things the American film industry should avoid at all costs. One is letting an ambitious actor convert one of his or her favorite novels into a feature film. Two is never greenlight a sci-fi film starring John Travolta. To wit, we present the disaster that is Battlefield Earth.

A science-fiction opus starring the Barbarino of the Actors Guild, Battlefield Earth should be shown only at maximum-security prisons when a prisoner is tossed in solitary for bad behavior. Sci-fi is always a tricky beast: Tight script, a good director, an ensemble cast of decent actors, and the ability to suspend even the most difficult of disbeliefs. Battlefield Earth fails at achieving even one of these attributes.

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Panic Room Review


Excellent
It's Home Alone for grown-ups. And just like kids ate up Macaulay Culkin and his homebound adventure, Panic Room is a real (yet creepy) crowd-pleaser for adults.

David Fincher directs this long-awaited follow-up to his groundbreaking Fight Club, with Jodie Foster in her first lead role since 1999's Anna and the King. The story is deceptively simple: Imminent divorcee Meg (Foster) is gaining a boatload of a settlement and, with her bratty, diabetic daughter Sarah (newcomer Kristen Stewart), decides to buy a cavernous, four-story brownstone in Manhattan's upper west side. The night they move in, three burglars pay a visit, searching for an alleged $3 million hidden somewhere in the house. Meg and Sarah hightail it to the secret "panic room," an impenetrable safe room off the master bedroom - only to learn that the money is secreted inside the panic room as well. A game of cat and mouse ensues - only the mice are definitively trapped in one tiny room.

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Smoke Review


Good
When you sit in the theater, staring up at the big screen, during the first few minutes of Smoke, you know you're watching an "Art Movie." Smoke obviously has no misgivings about its place in the film chain, being perhaps the best example of a pure character-driven drama to come along in ages.

The sketchy plotline defies explanation. Basically, Smoke is the lazy, drawn-out story of a smoke shop owner, Auggie (Harvey Keitel), his estranged lover (Stockard Channing), a favorite patron/novelist, Paul (William Hurt), and the young man who saves his life (newcomer Harold Perrineau). As $5,000 is kicked around among these characters, their lives interact in unpredictable ways. Sometimes this is interesting, often it's just tiresome.

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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai Review


Very Good

Mixing ancient Eastern philosophy with hip-hop street smarts and a Scorsese undercard gangland atmosphere, fiercely independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch paints a strangely serene portrait of a surgical, stealthy and enigmatic hit man in the understated and penetrating "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai."

Deeply immersed in the title role is the stoic Forest Whitaker as an assassin with unshakable focus. A high-tech thief, a loner from a ghetto background, a taciturn savant and a proselyte of 18th Century Japanese warrior code, he performs hits for a mobster (John Tormey, "Safe Men") who once saved his life. But after his most recent job -- killing a mafia turncoat in front of the mob boss' daughter -- he has a price on his head and is forced to eliminate his enemies before they eliminate him.

Jarmusch and Whitaker have conspired to lend a mesmerizing calm to this uncommon story of a violent but internally peaceful life. The simultaneous union and juxtaposition of oil-and-water elements -- the deeply reflective samurai mentality, ghetto life, the mafia honor, a surprisingly light comedic vein and a hardcore rap score by the RZA -- left imagery and axioms tripping around in my head for days after seeing the film.

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Phone Booth Review


OK

The unnerving concept behind the almost riveting real-time urban thriller "Phone Booth" is chilling and inspired in its simplicity: An unseen sniper calls a pay phone and threatens to kill the man who answers if he dares to hang up.

It's the kind of idea Alfred Hitchcock could have spun into cinematic gold. But in the hands of high-gloss director Joel Schumacher ("Bad Company," "Batman and Robin") the film's intelligence and creativity have to fight for screen time with invasive popcorn-movie superficiality.

Although the story takes place almost entirely within an old glass-box telephone booth at 54th St. and 8th Ave. in Manhattan, "Phone Booth" opens in outer space with a superfluous shot of a communications satellite. A zoom in on the Earth follows, passing down through the clouds until it reaches the pay phone in question while a "Twilight Zone"-like narrator invites us to "meet the man who will be the final occupant of that booth."

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