Monday , December 11 2017


‘Saul’ delivers lasting impact  – Nemes refuses to turn away from Holocaust horrors

‘Son of Saul,’ first-time director Laszlo Nemes depicts one of the most morally ambiguous aspects of World War II, immersing audiences alongside a Sonderkommando at Auschwitz- Birkenau. Whereas nearly every other movie about Nazi death camps clearly delineates between victim and villain, “Son of Saul” takes place in the murky …

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French, Hungarian films shortlisted for foreign Oscar  – Nine movies advance in foreign-language film race

LOS ANGELES, Dec 18, (Agencies): France’s “Mustang” and Hungary’s “Son of Saul” are among nine films that have made it onto a shortlist in the contest for the foreignlanguage Oscar, Academy Awards organizers said late Thursday. The nine films — seven of them from Europe, one from Colombia and one …

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Brown multi-dimensional on ‘Royalty’ – Kygo breaks Spotify record for quick rise

Chris Brown, “Royalty” (RCA) Chris Brown knows his strengths, and on his seventh studio album, “Royalty,” the singer plays to them with solid success. It’s a feat worth applauding, considering how disparate the multi-dimensional singer’s specialties seem to be. There’s the electro-dance stuff: the contagiously upbeat “Fine By Me”; the …

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‘Star Wars’, ‘Robot’ among AFI honorees – Fans, critics praise ‘Force Awakens’

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17, (Agencies): “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was among the 20 film and TV works saluted in the 16th annual AFI Awards, announced Wednesday. The film honorees are: “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Carol,” “Inside Out,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “Room,” “Spotlight” and “Straight …

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Golden Globes back to Gervais – Awards season

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17, (RTRS): When it came to finding a new host for the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn went back to the future. After three successful years with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as emcees, the 2016 ceremony will mark a return engagement for their predecessor, …

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N.W.A. win Rock and Roll Hall nod – Cheap Trick, Deep Purple among inductees

NEW YORK, Dec 17, (AFP): Gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A., who shocked white America with their no-holds-barred denunciations of police brutality, won recognition Thursday for their historical role as they were named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The museum to popular music said it will also induct Midwestern …

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Family ties tested in ‘Sisters’ – Chemistry of Fey, Poehler unquestionable

In “Sisters,” Tina Fey and Amy Poehler attempt to bring the most teenage of comedy genres — that of keg stands — into middle age. They’re a long way from your usual house party movie hosts — your Belushis and your Efrons — and that’s the point. Trying on ill-fitting …

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‘Force’ reinvigorates ‘Star Wars’ – Film tilts toward nostalgia over novelty

If the first “Star Wars” (1977) hadn’t already been rebranded “A New Hope,” that optimistic title might have applied just as well to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” reinvigorating the franchise with a welcome surge of energy, warmth and excitement after the misbegotten cycle of prequels released between 1999 and …

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Common joins Mara in Iraq War drama ‘Leavey’ – Romantic drama ‘Hepta’ set to shoot in Cairo

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16, (RTRS): Common has signed on to co-star with Kate Mara in the Iraq War pic “Leavey,” sources tell Variety. Edie Falco, Bradley Whitford and Tom Felton are also on board to star with “Blackfi sh” helmer Gabriela Cowperthwaite directing. Story follows Megan Leavey and her military …

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Soliman wins big at DIFF – Shalabi, Abdelli take best actor awards

DUBAI, Dec 16: The 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival 2015 (DIFF) has come to a close after a spectacular eight-day event that touched audiences from the UAE, the region and the world. With some of the world’s most inspired and critically acclaimed fi lmmakers, actors and celebrities …

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