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Prisoners movie review: trapped in a maze of moral murkiness

Studio-produced Hollywood mystery-thrillers don’t get a great deal better (or bleaker) than director Denis Villeneuve’s enthralling film about a search for two abducted young girls.

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The Wolverine movie review: all bark, no bite

According to Hugh Jackman, every movie he’s ever been in is the best movie he’s ever been in. The same is true — and not true — about The Wolverine.

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Pick a card, any card: reflections on magic in cinema and life as an amateur magician

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is the latest example of how CGI can mess up depictions of magic on film. To discover why venture back with me to my former life as an amateur magician…

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In defence of ‘the worst film ever’: why critics are wrong about Movie 43

Star-studded comedy anthology Movie 43 has received one of the greatest critical shellackings of all time. Here’s how we got to this point — and why reviewers have gone too far.

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All about the close-up: interview with Tom Hooper, director of Les Misérables

Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Misérables has received a mixed response from critics. I talked to him about the mammoth task of bringing Les Mis to the big screen.

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Les Misérables movie review: a ten piss picture

Old school Hollywood legend Jack Warner wouldn’t have made it through director Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Misérables. Here’s why.

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Real Steel movie review: straight to the junkyard

In Hugh Jackman’s latest bout of small-minded big budget balderdash, Real Steel, boxing is used as an emotional magnet to connect a father — played by the Boy from Oz himself — with his estranged young son, played by wide-eyed lil’ tyke Dakota Goyo. The sport draws ‘em together, gives ‘em common ground, shared aspirations and Quality [...]

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Hugh Jackman signs on to Ghostopolis

Instead of jetting away to an island paradise to sink cocktails, fiddle with tiny novelty umbrellas and bask in the success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine – the movie gobbled up US $87million at the American box office last week – star, producer and all-time Our Boy Hugh Jackman has just announced his latest project, Ghostopolis. [...]

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine film review: sharp claws, big chops, fast pace

You may recall reading a couple of weeks ago about an incomplete work print of X-Men Origins: Wolverine that was leaked online. Star Hugh Jackman reportedly reacted by saying he was “heartbroken,” a response in stark contrast to the emotional gravitas of his character in the movie – a stony-hearted, ill-tempered mutant with a skeleton [...]

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Swine flu delays opening of Wolverine in Mexico

Hollywood is cautiously monitoring the outbreak of swine flu for any signs it may impact box office earnings. The widespread influenza has altered the course of Hugh Jackman’s comic book caper X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with the movie’s release in Mexico postponed at least two weeks in the wake of outbreaks that have taken up to [...]

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