Cate Blanchett

An expertly crafted drama with impeccable performances, a tight script, stunning set and costume designs, and a brisk yet thoughtful pace, director Todd Haynes’ newest film, Carol, soars.

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The third and final entry in The Hobbit trilogy is by far the strongest of the three. It gives a faithful and lovingly-crafted foray into Middle Earth for fans of the book and new fans alike, while being able to incorporate lore from other writings of Tolkien into the mix and tying all six films together as a unit, binding them with common story elements and ties to each other.

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George Clooney returns to the director’s chair with The Monuments Men, a film that is less a stirring love letter to the Greatest Generation and a bygone era in film, and more a checklist, hastily written with a crayon. Based on the true story about a group of aging art history professors and architects that were tasked [...]

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This week Eric, Trevan and Trey return to Middle-earth with Peter Jackson for a lengthy discussion of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey before moving on to Sacha Gervasi‘s take on Alfred Hitchcock in the appropriately titled film, Hitchcock. Is the return to The Shire and Rivendell worth your time? Is 48 Frames-per-Second filmmaking the downfall of [...]

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Judi Dench received her sixth Oscar nomination for the darkly funny oddball drama Notes on a Scandal in 2007, just as Fox Searchlight hoped she would when they released it during awards season. As an extra bonus, Cate Blanchett also received a supporting actress nomination as well — her third. The movie went on to [...]

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Movie review of the 2011 film Hanna starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett.

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Joe Wright, director of the highly acclaimed “Atonement,” jumps aboard the girls-kicking-ass train with his most recent offering, “Hanna.” Wright taps into the same well-mined landscape of such films as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, the “Bourne” offerings, even a touch of “Let the Right One In,” but where as those films often [...]

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The Robin Hood legend has been a staple of Hollywood cinema since Douglas Fairbanks slapped on a pair of tights and pranced around a backlot Sherwood Forest in 1922. Since then, Errol Flynn, a Disney cartoon fox, Kevin Costner, and Cary Elwes have all played the role, each with their own take, but the core [...]

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Spanning five languages and three continents, Mexican-born director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel proves film’s unique ability to reach beyond cultural barriers. Essentially a plea for international tolerance, the movie showcases images that are among the most breathtaking of the year. Iñárritu is at his most poetic when he illustrates humanity stripped of its differences and [...]

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I have seen all but one of the scheduled biopics that are opening for this year’s winter Oscar rush, but I have serious doubts that there will be a more engaging and exciting biography this year than The Aviator, Martin Scorsese’s breathless take on Howard Hughes’ glory years. Like Jamie Foxx in Ray, it features [...]

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