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Lights, camera, smut: the year Hollywood got its rocks off

It’s hardly a secret that in the movie business, sex sells. But this year Hollywood got its pants off — and took crazy kink to another level.

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Skyfall movie review: James Bond’s existential crisis

James Bond’s 23rd official feature film gives the iconic secret agent something to stew over: an existential crisis.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie review — racy, pacey, gnarly thrills

Sourced from a dark, dense and twisty plot architected by the late Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo arrives in cinemas as sharp and unwelcoming as the jagged cliff face of star Daniel Craig’s iris-slicing jawline. Craig will go down in history as the Mean Bond, the one for whom martini charisma [...]

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Cowboys and Aliens movie review: shooting blanks and lost in space

It’s the cross-genre hybrid nobody was waiting for but fanboys who never knew they were fanboys will be giddily anticipating courtesy of the hype synonymous with producers Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg and the manic video game appeal of watching the anachronistic combo articulated in the title: Cowboys and Aliens. In Eastwood/Leone style, Daniel Craig [...]

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23rd James Bond movie gets the go-ahead; Sam Mendes to direct

The financial woes that halted the production of the next James Bond movie have finally been dodged, with the announcement today that the new owners of MGM have given the 23rd Bond instalment a green light. Last November I wrote about MGM’s slow trek towards a financial second life after a long stretch of tinkering [...]

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Defiance film review: grim war melodrama swelters in storytelling stagnancy

In Defiance Daniel Craig plays Tuvia Bielski, the steely leader of a group of Jews in Belarus who defied the Nazis by hiding in the forest and building a self-contained society. Bielski was a real man and events vaguely resembling what transpires in director Edward Zwick’s drably handled WWII melodrama may have actually happened, but [...]

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