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“American Made” puts Tom Cruise back into the world of biopics

Every decade or two, Tom Cruise seems to be compelled to take part in a biopic. Back in the late 80’s, it was his Academy Award nominated turn in Born on the Fourth of July. About 20 years later, it was Valkyrie. Now, this week sees him back playing a real person with American Made, a look at Barry Seal, a pilot who nearly ended up bringing down the Reagan Administration with his drug running. It’s still close to action hero territory at times for Cruise, but compared to many of his recent outings, this is downright a prestige picture. He’s a great movie star, endlessly compelling in action flicks, but serious films always contain his best performances. The movie is a biopic, albeit an unconventional one. Barry Seal (Cruise) is an unhappy Twa pilot who ends up recruited by the CIA during the 1980’s. Monty ‘Schafer’ (Domhnall Gleeson) sees something in Barry,
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Great Job, Internet!: Let’s enjoy some very bad acting

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Bad acting is sometimes more memorable than good acting. Everyone remembers The Room, but nobody remembers, like, Lions For Lambs. A new video from Looper collects some of Hollywood’s most legendarily terrible performances, with examples running the gamut from teen dreck (Twilight) to prestige indies (Dazed and Confused) to modern classics (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) to, well, Gigli. Admittedly, a lot of it is low-hanging fruit, but it’s never a bad time to revisit Keanu’s wet fart of a British accent.

What’s interesting, however, is how nearly every actor featured in this has atoned for their sins with either one transcendent project or a career devoted to eclipsing that which earned them such scorn. Take Kristen Stewart, who’s getting Oscar buzz for her work in Oliver Assayas’ Personal Shopper, or Keanu Reeves, who seems to have found his true calling in the John Wick series
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5 Ways for Tom Cruise to Resurrect His Career

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5 Ways for Tom Cruise to Resurrect His Career
Tom Cruise’s latest starring role in a franchise-facing actioner may not be the out-and-out disaster so many pictured when the first reviews for “The Mummy” started rolling in (current Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%, his second-lowest of all-time), but it’s still worrisome for a tentpole film meant to launch an entirely new franchise. Box office aside, “The Mummy” points to another troubling element in Cruise’s career: woeful repetition.

Cruise remains one of Hollywood’s last big movie stars, a bankable talent who almost exclusively stars in major films that are expected to make a pretty penny at the box office. In recent years, Cruise has leaned hard on large-scale studio projects, from the enduringly popular “Mission: Impossible” franchise to pricey studio outings like “Oblivion” and “Rock of Ages,” and while he’s still a major marquee name, his career is lacking the kind of daring and exciting choices that once made it stand out.
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Critic's Notebook: After 'The Mummy,' Tom Cruise Needs to Get Back to Acting

Critic's Notebook: After 'The Mummy,' Tom Cruise Needs to Get Back to Acting
After roughly 40 films made across 35 years, Tom Cruise has starred in notably few absolute stinkers. Sure, Cocktail, Vanilla Sky, Lions for Lambs and Knight and Day were pretty bad, but, by and large, he's maintained a pretty good batting average. Certainly nothing he's ever done before compares in its absolute awfulness to his latest, The Mummy. As we fled the screening the other night, my son joked that we had just witnessed the collision of the Hindenburg and the Titanic, while my first thought was that the film should go directly to its proper home on Mystery Science...
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Movie Review: Doug Liman’s wartime sniper drama The Wall hits its mark when trusting its action

Directed by Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow) from a script off of Hollywood’s famous Black List of un-produced screenplays, The Wall presents America’s protracted war in Iraq in primally simple terms: two U.S. soldiers fighting (and maybe dying) for reasons they can’t articulate, pinned down by an enemy they can’t see or understand. In its white-knuckle economy, the film breaks from the limply well-meaning Hollywood polemics that marched steadily into theaters a decade ago, like waves of advancing troops. The problem with Lions For Lambs or In The Valley Of Elah or Stop-Loss was that they were so busy functioning as screeds—abstracting the war itself into outraged talking points—that they forgot to function as, well, movies. In its best moments, The Wall is just a movie, a tense and nasty black-box thriller that conveys its politics through the microcosmic stakes of its life-and-death
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13 Times Queen Meryl Streep Ruled Over the Golden Globes

Meryl Streep may reign over the Oscars, but her real kingdom is the Golden Globes.

Her nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins this year -- as Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical -- marks her 30th in 38 years. She will also receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the first person to get that honor in the same year as a nomination in over two decades. (Sophia Loren managed it in 1995.)

Related: Meryl Streep Once Feared Aging in Hollywood Would End Her Career: 'I Thought Each Movie Would Be My Last'

Ahead of tonight's show -- which will no doubt provide at least one more "Yas, Meryl! Yaaas!" moment -- here are 13 reasons why she is and will forever be the Queen of the Golden Globes:

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1. She earned her first nomination in 1979 as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Deer Hunter. (She lost to Dyan Cannon for Heaven Can Wait.) Meryl was nominated
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Can we have more of Tom Cruise the actor please?

Simon Brew Dec 8, 2016

Tom Cruise continues to deliver in blockbuster movies: but it can't just be us who'd love to see him making a few more leftfield choices.

Over the weekend, we got the release of the trailer for 2017’s The Mummy movie. In it, as many were quick to point out, Tom Cruise is soon running again. Few actors run with the speed and intensity of Tom Cruise on the big screen, and few actors seem committed to the productions they take on in the manner that Cruise is. Whenever we’ve interviewed anyone to do with a Tom Cruise movie, they all volunteer just how far the man goes out of his way to have a chat, make them feel settled, and make them feel part of things.

See related Matt Reeves interview: Dawn, Andy Serkis and blockbuster filmmaking Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes review

Appreciating it’s internet law,
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Tom Cruise: A 30-Year Appreciation of the Hollywood Top Gun

Tom Cruise: A 30-Year Appreciation of the Hollywood Top Gun
More so than ever it seems, we've become increasingly obsessed with acknowledging the anniversaries of beloved movies, TV shows and music. Not that there's anything wrong with celebrating our pop culture past, mind you. In fact, for someone as nostalgic as myself, I completely embrace it. Which brings me to a little milestone of my own. This one, though, doesn't simply focus on a particular piece of celluloid, but instead, revolves around a certain actor whose work has been an enduring presence throughout my movie-going life.

For the last 30 years, not only have I sat and watched every single Tom Cruise film that has come out since 1986, I have done so in an actual, honest-to-goodness movie theater. That's a total of 33 silver screen experiences (34 if you count his Austin Powers in Goldmember cameo), including the latest, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Yeah, you might say I'm a fan.

However, prior to the start of this streak -- and
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Review: Deepwater Horizon, Heroes At the Mouth of Hell

Six years ago, nightmare images of an oil rig burning at night in the Gulf Coast seared themselves into memory. The fire raged high and furious against a pitch-black landscape, leaving one to wonder just what had happened ... and who, if anyone, survived. Now comes Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, a dramatization of events in the hours leading up to the explosion that claimed 11 lives. Its direct source is a magazine article by David Rohde and Stephanie Saul; the screenplay is credited to Matthew Michael Carnahan (Berg's The Kingdom, and also Lions for Lambs and others) and Matthew Sand. In its early scenes, the movie feels very much like a staged reading of a magazine article, filled with a copious amount of information that...

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Why Leonardo DiCaprio Ditched Warner Bros. for Paramount: It's About Relationships

Why Leonardo DiCaprio Ditched Warner Bros. for Paramount: It's About Relationships
It's one of the oldest truisms in Hollywood. Pact with talent for an overhead deal and they'll make their cash cows somewhere else. Universal carries Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's deluxe Imagine deal for years through "The Missing," "Inside Deep Throat" and "Cinderella Man" and where do they make "The Da Vinci Code" and its sequels? Sony. (Since the recession, that deal has been reduced.)  In 2006, Sumner Redstone got so mad at gross player Tom Cruise for making more money on "Mission: Impossible III" than Paramount that he kicked him off the lot. Soon after, MGM, in a desperate bid to look good in front of investors, handed Cruise and then producing partner Paula Wagner the keys to the United Artists kingdom. In two years they produced two Cruise vehicles: box-office disaster "Lions for Lambs" and widely panned "Valkyrie," which returned some profits overseas.   In fact, the studios have been shedding.
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First Look: Helen Mirren Commands 'Eye in the Sky' Co-Star Aaron Paul (Trailer)

First Look: Helen Mirren Commands 'Eye in the Sky' Co-Star Aaron Paul (Trailer)
Mirren plays British Col. Katherine Powell, the commander of a top secret drone operation that spins out of control when the capture of a Kenyan terrorist turns into a targeted assassination—and a young child enters the kill zone. Pitched as a debate over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare—a slightly worrisome angle, given how poorly didactic war dramas "Lions for Lambs" (2007) and "Rendition" (2007) fared in the midst of the Iraq War—"Eye in the Sky" is directed by Gavin Hood ('Tsotsi') and written by Guy Hibbert ('Prime Suspect'). Producers are Ged Doherty, Colin Firth and David Lancaster. The film co-stars Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") as an American pilot with his hand on the trigger thousands of miles away in Nevada, Alan Rickman as a British general, Jeremy Northam, and "Captain Phillips" breakout Barkhad Abdi. Distributor Bleecker Street has slated the film for a limited theatrical.
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Andrew Garfield Bio: In His Own Words

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Andrew Russell Garfield (born August 20,1983) is an American-English actor. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Garfield was raised in Epsom, England. He made his feature film debut in the 2007 ensemble drama Lions for Lambs. He is best known for his roles in The Social Network, for which he received Golden Globe and Bafta nominations, Never Let Me […]

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AFI Fest Can Be a Mixed Bag for Oscar Hopefuls

AFI Fest Can Be a Mixed Bag for Oscar Hopefuls
With early November being prime real estate for the annual movie awards season, you might think the AFI Fest would be a vital springboard into the Oscar race. But the blunt truth is that the event hasn’t been much of a lucky charm.

Over the past decade, films that have gone to the fest looking to establish a wave of support, only to more or less crash on the rocks, include Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” Edward Zwick’s “Defiance” and “Love & Other Drugs,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” to name a few.

This year, the festival — which kicks off Nov. 5 — boasts three compelling world premieres in opening night, centerpiece and closing night slots, respectively: Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” Peter Landesman’s “Concussion
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The Keeping Room movie review: a place that women know

Call this a revisionist feminist postapocalyptic historical western home-invasion horror drama. But even that doesn’t quite do it justice. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You haven’t seen a movie like this before. Even a wild label like “revisionist feminist postapocalyptic historical western home-invasion horror drama” doesn’t quite do it justice. The Keeping Room is a thrilling experience in how it defies categorization even as it pulls in bits and pieces from various genres in a way that shakes them all up, and in how it finds a fresh perspective on a scenario that is familiar in many of its aspects via the simple yet radical approach of telling its tale through the eyes of women.

This isn’t quite a western: we are not on the untamed frontier but,
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Box Office Sabermetrics: Tom Cruise’s Batting Average

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Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.

One of my favorite books, and favorite movies of the decade, is Moneyball. Telling the story of how A’s General Manager Billy Beane and his front office used statistical analytics – called Sabermetrics – to put together a winning team off a low budget and undervalued players. I’ve always enjoyed that side of Baseball, how integral we evaluate statistics is to the sport, so I thought it was high time I brought it to how we evaluate movies. Given that film is a subjective medium, the only real hard statistic we have to evaluate is box office returns. So, each week I will be taking a look at the weekend numbers and seeing what Baseball statistics have to say about them.

Here are the
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Tom Cruise’s Ten Best Performances

Few A-list movie stars these days have been as durable as Tom Cruise. He can take a licking and keep on ticking, while still showing us something new from time to time. With the release this weekend of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, I wanted to take a look at the career of Cruise and pick out his very best acting jobs. As such, below you can find what I feel to be his top ten performances to date. While he’s focused on action roles of late, I think the next stage of his career will return him to drama, which is exciting, as he’s overdue an Academy Award. As always, this is just my take on things, but I do hope that you enjoy! Here now are what I think are the ten best performances of Cruise’s so far… 10. Lions for Lambs – Not the best film he’s ever been involved in,
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'Chips' Movie Is Very Funny and Plot Heavy Says Michael Pena | Exclusive

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'Chips' Movie Is Very Funny and Plot Heavy Says Michael Pena | Exclusive
When Ant-Man hits theaters nationwide tomorrow, there are many who may be introduced to a few of the wonderful supporting cast members for the first time, such as Michael Pe&#241a, who delivers a scene-stealing performance as Luis, one of Scott Lang's criminal cohorts who helps him pull off the heist of a lifetime. After a slew of fantastic performances in Shooter, Lions for Lambs, Observe and Report and American Hustle, the actor is poised for a breakout in Ant-Man. But perhaps his biggest role is yet to come, with the actor signing on last year to play Frank "Ponch" Poncharello in the big-screen CHiPs remake, alongside Dax Shepard, who is starring as Ponch's partner Jon Baker, and also writing and directing. I recently got to speak with Michael Pe&#241a for Ant-Man, and the actor offered an update on the remake, stating that they are doing everything they
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'Ant-Man' Interview with Michael Pena | Exclusive

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'Ant-Man' Interview with Michael Pena | Exclusive
Michael Pena is an actor whose career I've been intently following for the past 10 years. After popping up in small but impressive roles in back-to-back Best Picture winners Million Dollar Baby and Crash, and in a wonderful arc on my favorite TV show ever, The Shield, the actor started coming into his own with solid supporting roles in Shooter, Lions for Lambs, Observe and Report and American Hustle. After his fantastic scene-stealing performance in Marvel's Ant-Man (check out my full Ant-Man review), the actor is primed for a huge career leap.

The actor portrays Luis, a longtime friend and criminal cohort of Scott Lang, who gives him a place to crash after his release from prison. Luis also sets up the heist that essentially introduces him to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), setting him on a path to become the Ant-Man. When Scott is tasked with pulling off an improbable heist,
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Sony Hack: The Steve Jobs Biopic Saga and What Angelina Jolie's 'Cleopatra' Had to Do With It

As I'm sure you're well aware, a massive hacking of Sony Pictures has taken place, which has resulted in a flurry of revelations as emails between Sony executives and their contacts have been made public. A variety of outlets have covered the story in detail and it all reads like a dirty memoir, while at the same time offers fascinating insight into an industry that somehow manages to keep a lot of its dirty laundry quiet. You hear rumblings every now and then, but nothing too damning or revealing. With this recent hack the studio has reportedly had to suspend filming on some of its features as it can't process payments and in our first story looking at the fallout we'll take a look at the saga of one film that was once in Sony's hands and how it came to find its way to Universal. Myself and my podcast
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Few Films to Open AFI Fest Have Garnered Oscar Nominations

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The American Film Institute’s AFI Fest opens tonight in Hollywood with the world premiere of J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a couple trying to run a business and live in New York City during 1981, which was statistically one of the city’s most violent years. This is Chandor’s first film to premiere in Los Angeles. Though the film is hoping to garner some Oscar nominations, only six of the past 14 films to open AFI Fest have gone on to receive Oscar nominations and none have been for best picture.

Of the six films to garner Oscar nominations, the only film to win an award was 2005’s Walk the Line, which resulted in Reese Witherspoon taking home the Oscar for best actress. The Johnny Cash biopic scored four other nominations, including film editing and best actor.
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