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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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The Shape of Water Leads 90th Oscar Nominations; Wonder Woman Out, Logan Makes History

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards of Merits with hosts Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis, and, as usual, the industry became aflutter with talk of surprises, snubs, and shoo-ins. Headlining the morning was Guillermo Del Toro’s exquisite fantasy love story about a mute woman and a mutant man, The Shape of Water. It led with 13 Oscar Nominations, one short of the record Titanic tied last year by La La Land. The movie did well all over the place, scoring Del Toro a nomination for Best Director and Original...

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FILM REVIEW: DEN OF THIEVES Is A Clever Action Mystery Wrapped In a Clunky Enigma

Gerald Butler’s latest over-the-top action drama, Den of Thieves, is one of those incredibly vexing for a critic and for a discerning fan. There are portions of the film—the cleverly designed heists and twist—that whiff close to brilliance, and certainly provide pure cinematic entertainment. But a noxious cloud of horrendousness envelops these worthwhile moments with a toxic mix of thoughtless and carelessness. The two wildly inconsistent portions of this movie coexist uncomfortable to create one frustratingly good but obnoxiously unbearable whole. Den of Thieves begins by announcing itself as another hackneyed piece within its genre. A militarized gang of...

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SAG Awards Reward Three Billboards, Lady Bird, Upending Unpredictable Awards Season

Just two days after the Golden Globe nominations seemed to buoy awards-season favorites like The Shape of Water, The Post, and Dunkirk, the SAG Awards had a wrench to throw into the whole thing. Rather than show love for some of those more technical movies, they went for true ensemble films and rewarded The Big Sick, Get Out, Lady Bird, Mudbound, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with Best Ensemble nominations. It has been 22 years since a movie won the Best Picture Oscar without getting at least a nomination for the Best Ensemble SAG Awards, so if you...

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“The Shape of Water” and “The Post” Lead Nominations for 75th GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS

Awards season picked up steam this morning when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees in 14 movie categories for the 75th Annual Golden Globes awards, to be held in early January of 2018. Leading the pack with seven nominations was Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy love story The Shape of Water, which received mentions for Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Director, Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins) and Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), as well as Screenplay and Score nods. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s procedural drama The Post, about the Pentagon Papers, also did well, with six Golden Globes nominations, including for Picture,...

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