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Victor Rodriguez

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Does Disney have the heart to make an original?

With a worldwide gross nearing $300 million after two weeks, Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful is proving potent at the box office.

The manhunt for Oscar glory

The movie tracks CIA operative Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, as the woman who leads the manhunt for Osama bin Laden.

Argo-ing for Ben Affleck’s talent

To think of Ben Affleck as a risk-taker is historically challenging. It isn’t as if we’ve forgotten his past collaborations in disappointments like Daredevil and Pearl Harbor, both of which earned him nominations for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor.

They can do it! Women at the Academy Awards

First, we must look at the most recent case of a successful female director at the Academy Awards.

'Evil’ at the foreign box office

The latest box office reports indicate that the domestic cume, or cumulative audience measuring the total number that unique customers have accrued for Resident Evil: Retribution is of $39 million.

Purging through cinema: From Inglourious Basterds to Ilsa

In 2009, Quentin Tarantino’s witty dark humor and stylized bloodbaths in Inglourious Basterds managed to be enjoyable.

Dredd and violence

Spectacular visuals, a straightforward story line, and relentless gore, Dredd, to the discomfort of some, is surely to soak viewers in the claustrophobic setting while giving them a dose full of adrenaline.

Trouble With the Curve hits a home run

Clint Eastwood and Robert Lorenz team up once more, leaving their more cynical tone to welcome an uplifting tone in sports-drama. Productions by Eastwood have been critically successful, and Trouble With The Curve is not going to be an exception, if only because of the American tradition that baseball is.

Dredd 3D

Set in a distant future, Mega-City One is a crime-ridden wasteland where a new drug called Slo-Mo is taking a hold of the population.

CGI bloodies the storyboard and screen

Thinking back, some earlier adaptations of comics to film like Superman in 1978 and Spawn in 1997 are remembered for their inefficient and unbelievable uses of special effects.

Love Is All You Need

Girlfriend Boyfriend is not about rebellion and young love.

Sex Turned Senseless

Shame stars Michael Fassbender as Brandon, a New Yorker with an obsessively ordered life that is tailored to satisfy his sexual needs.

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Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

In the documentary Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, debuting director Whitney Sudler-Smith sets out to paint an intimate portrait of the iconic Roy Halston, one of America’s most recognized fashion designers, famous for creating Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat which she wore at her husband’s presidential inauguration.