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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Denzel Stumbles as Passionate Lawyer in Soulless ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.

Doctor Evil did not go to evil school to be called Mister, and Denzel Washington’s Roman J. did not go to law school so that you would omit the comma esq from the end of his name, thank you very much. It is with that and other facile supposed quirks that the titular character in the upcoming legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq., which had its world premiere in Toronto last night, turns himself into a caricature of the more palatable eccentric justice warriors that came before him, and as a result renders the entire film a lackluster exercise...

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For a show that was going so seamlessly, even perfect one may say, the 89th Academy Awards will always be remembered for one of the most embarrassing moments in Oscars history, when Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture. Halfway through the acceptance speeches, they realized that there had been a mistake and Moonlight had won Best Picture. We will have to wait and see what happened and who made the mistake (I suspect it was PWC), but in the end the story of the night will be overwhelmingly this colossal error. So...

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Universal’s SCARFACE Reboot Director Drops Out

In what seems to be a pattern of late, another big-ticket item lost a famous director today, as sources report that Antoine Fuqua, who most recently directed the remake of The Magnificent Seven, is no longer slated to redirect Universal’s reimagining of the classic Scarface. Fuqua, who has been tapped by Denzel Washington and Sony to direct a sequel for The Equalizer, is said to be too busy with that project to take on the crime movie, which is scheduled to start shooting this spring. The film is supposed to be a retelling of the classic tale of a...

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HIDDEN FIGURES Triumphs at Political SAG Awards

Awards season continued with the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) last night, which featured even more political speeches than the Globes did earlier this month. At this rate, it is fair to wonder whether the Oscars next month will be a full blown political rally. With that said, it was somewhat surprising, but perhaps pleasantly so, that Hidden Figures took home the SAG for Best Ensemble. Oscar favorite La La Land was not nominated. But, the musical took home a prize anyway, after Emma Stone won Best Actress. In the supporting categories, Viola Davis won her third SAG...

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LA LA LAND Dominates, SUICIDE SQUAD Surprises, And DEADPOOL Is Snubbed In This Year’s Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations came out this morning, and in news that absolutely no one found surprising, La La Land came out on top. The musical dramedy starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone received a staggering fourteen Oscar nominations, tying it with the likes of All About Eve and Titanic for most nominations in Academy Award history. La La Land is the heavy favorite to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but if the past few months taught us anything, there’s no such thing as a sure bet. Regardless, La La Land’s sunny depiction of Hollywood and LA is...

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