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Author: J. Don Birnam

FILM REVIEW: Daniel Day Lewis Weaves Powerful Acting Into Stringy PHANTOM THREAD

There is much to admire in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, the supposed last performance by legendary thespian Daniel Day Lewis. There is the persuasive performance from Day Lewis, the one you know he will give you, to go along with a strong turn by costar Leslie Manville as well. There is the tantalizing score by musician Jonny Greenwood, a serious Oscar threat this award season. And there are the aesthetic environs, bloated with showy costumes (the point of the film after all) and shifting camera work. But the thread that unites the entire oeuvre is Anderson’s distinctive, sneakily...

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Harry Potter – er – Newt Scamander fans rejoice, for Eddie Redmayne can be seen donning the distinctive robes in a new photo released to promote the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald. In the pic, the Oscar winning actor’s character is in a dark dingy sewer, looking mighty scared. In a recent convo with EW, Redmayne confessed to having a slight injury arising perhaps out of his work on Fantastic Beasts. “It’s from doing some quite hardcore wand action,” Redmayne said, “but I’m not getting any better for it.” The new story has Scamander going to Paris to...

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Ryan Reynolds Starring In Pokemon Film “DETECTIVE PIKACHU”

Deadpool apparently is not enough for the big star, Ryan Reynolds has now signed on to play the titular character in an upcoming Pokémon-based movie called Detective Pikachu THR is reporting that Reynolds will be joining Justice Smith (from the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), in a tale based on a the super popular international videogame and cartoon franchise. Pikachu is a type of Pokémon, and the Detective character is one with the power to find things. Sort of the concept behind the entire app that people have gone nuts over. According to...

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FILM REVIEW: In Spielberg’s THE POST, Vintage Hollywood Looks Back at Old Values

Few people have done as much to define the trajectory of American Cinema since the last decades of the twentieth century than our visionary American treasure, Steven Spielberg. In his latest offering, The Post, he has delivered another perfectly-tuned machine of filmmaking, a movie that fires on every cylinders while retelling an extremely important tale with a tinge of wistful nostalgia. I hate to state the obvious but, quite simply, Steven Spielberg is a genius. The Post narrates the Washington Post’s race against time to obtain and decide whether to publish the infamous Vietnam-related Pentagon Papers at the same...

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Report: Tarantino Pitches STAR TREK Concept to J.J. Abrams

In the eternal battle over the question “Star Trek or Star Wars,” famed director Quentin Tarantino has made it clear whose side he’s on. He is much more a fan of the Voyager than of the Millennium Falcon. And now he has put his money where his mouth is, having developed a new idea for the potential future of the franchise, which he pitched to director J.J. Abrams (who rebooted the Star Trek franchise in 2009 to much accolades). Tarantino said of his lover for Star Trek: “The only thing that limited them was their ’60s budget and eight-day...

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