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Patti Cake$ should not feel fresh. Though it stars talented up-and-comer Danielle MacDonald, is a first-time feature from writer-director Geremy Jasper, and focuses on a title character with a bigger build not typically seen in mainstream crowd-pleasers, it pretty much is just that—a mainstream crowd-pleaser, albeit with some gritty New Jersey mise-en-scene. A lot of the movie’s story comes from the already-worn playbook of 8 Mile: Like that movie’s fictionalized version of Eminem, Patti is...
One of the reasons so many actors’ careers seem like disappointments after winning an Oscar is that the award often bumps them into another pay grade, and suddenly character actors or former B-listers are receiving offers just as lucratively terrible as the biggest names in town. This goes double for women—or is it half? Great, mainstream roles for women over a certain age are still so rare, even with an Oscar, that a fair...
Paint It Black Directed by Amber Tamblyn Opens May 19 Amber Tamblyn has arguably been the least visible of the on-screen sisterhood of the traveling pants, at least among the non-CBS demographic. America Ferrara has a blossoming NBC sitcom, Alexis Bledel has Gilmore Girls forever, and Blake Lively was in The Shallows, motherfuckers. But Tamblyn’s gig as a Charlie Sheen replacement on Two and a Half Men, while probably technically higher-profile than any of those, is destined...
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Directed by Guy Ritchie Opens May 12 Looking over his filmography, it’s fascinating how quickly and fully Guy Ritchie pivoted from one type of career to another. For his first decade, most of his movies are stylized British crime capers: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch; and, less successfully, RockNRolla and the appalling Revolver. (I haven’t seen his ill-fated outlier collabo with his then-wife Madonna, the remake of Swept Away.)...

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