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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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JUSTICE LEAGUE Clocks In Below Expectations On Way to Box Office Crown

Although DC Comics’ superhero mega franchise beat all the competition this weekend at the box office, its $96 million North American haul was not enough to avenge naysayers who viewed the film’s inability to crack $100 million as a disappointment. Justice League, which was panned by critics but received a B+ Cinemascore from audiences, was the lowest opener of the Warner superhero adventure, throwing below Wonder Woman’s $103 million opener earlier this year despite a strong beginning on Thursday night. The film did make $185.5 million worldwide this weekend from 65 territories, for nearly $300 million in its opening...

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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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