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The Hurt Locker (movie)

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  • Film Review: 'Kill the Messenger'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Though he has four theatrical features under his belt, director Michael Cuesta is perhaps best known for his work on TV series "Homeland" and "Six Feet Under," and perhaps the worst one can say about his new feature, "Kill the Messenger," is that it sometimes plays like a condensed version of a first-rate cable miniseries. Based on the life of investigative reporter Gary Webb, who sparked firestorms with his writing on links between the CIA, Nicaraguan Contras and the American crack-cocaine trade only to have his career destroyed in the media blowback, the film taps into far deeper, richer veins of material than it has the time to properly mine. It's nonetheless a flinty, brainy, continually engrossing work that straddles the lines between biopic, political thriller and journalistic cautionary tale, driven by Jeremy Renner's most complete performance since "The Hurt Locker." Specialty box office should be healthy; post-screening debates and Google sessions should be fierce.
  • 'Days and Nights' is an all-star Reagan Era take on a Chekhov play

    You don't have to know Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" to get something out of "Days and Nights," Christian Camargo's adaptation of it set in rural New York in the Reagan Era '80s. But considering how unclear the relationships are, how opaque the symbolism,...

    Jeremy Renner is married to Sonni Pacheco -- surprise!

    Jeremy Renner is a married man, and he pulled it off in a manner worthy of a secret agent. The extremely private "Mission: Impossible" franchise star flashed a wedding band at a screening of "Kill the Messenger" in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday and...

    Toronto's Award Hopefuls: Too Much or Not Enough?

    The idea of sampling new films at Toronto is sort of like going to the Cheesecake Factory for a little nibble. It seems like a good idea, but then you realize: There is no such thing as a small portion. The 11-day fest, which passed the halfway mark on...

    'The Identical' is a unique brand of stupid

    'The Identical' is a unique brand of stupid
    *1/2 (out of four) Did you know that Elvis had an identical twin brother named Schmelvis? That he had the same talent as the King and would have been as popular had his career started just a bit sooner? That’s obviously not true. But it’s...