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    Circuit Q&A: What Is Your Favorite Ben Mendelsohn Performance?

    Ever since the early 2010s, Ben Mendelsohn has been making a big splash in American cinema. Although he’s been working since the late 1980s, this Australian character actor has been getting his due in a significant way. With his chill voice and piercing eyes, his trademark has been playing villains and/or shady deadbeats. Also, he celebrates […] More

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    INTERVIEW: Ben Mendelsohn discusses being a character actor and talks around ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

    Easily one of the best character actors working today, Ben Mendelsohn is slowly becoming someone who delivers work unlike anyone else in the industry. You always recognize his distinct voice in his parts, diverse as they may be. This season, he’s finally gotten some acknowledgement, getting an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor in […] More

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    Best of 2013: Davis Awards Choose Breakthrough and Body of Work Mentions

    The next phase of the Best of the Year citations continue with some highlights of many actors and actresses that will likely not get too many mentions at the end of the awards season, at least where it counts.  Many performers made their breakthrough in either their first feature performances or were finally given a […] More

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    New York Film Critics Circle Preview – What Will Show Up Tomorrow?

    The New York Film Critics Circle will be cooking up their favorite films and performances of 2013 tomorrow beginning at 10:00 am Eastern time.  The East Coast group will be the first ones to drop the gauntlet on the season and possibly put a film or performer in prime position for recognition since SAG and […] More

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    Derek Cianfrance will re-team with Ben Mendelsohn for another upcoming project!

    One of the most pleasurable offshoots of The Place Beyond the Pines being a financial success this year (if more of a long shot awards hopeful than I was crossing my fingers for) has been seeing Derek Cianfrance become a highly sought after filmmaker. We all know his talents, going back to Blue Valentine a […] More

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    2014 Oscar Predictions – The Standout “Supporters”

    The race is really heating up at the moment, infusing all the different ticks and beats that will set us up for a surprising and interesting awards season.  Many of the big contenders have been seen and weighed in on.  “12 Years a Slave” sits at the top of the pack at the moment, awaiting […] More

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    Ten Best Studio Films – Focus Features

    This is the next installment of Best Films by the Studios Series.  I kicked it off on Saturday night with Sony Pictures Classics and naming their finest achievements.  Obviously these are all subjective and you can naturally disagree with the choices but I feel it getting increasingly harder as I dive into other companies.  Focus […] More

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    The Place Beyond the Pines (***½)

    Utterly compelling with a magic wand of storytelling from writer/director Derek Cianfrance along with co-writers Ben Coccio and Darius Marber, The Place Beyond the Pines is one of the more natural and stylistic endeavors of 2013.  Beautifully constructed and captured by DP Sean Bobbitt and orchestrated superbly by Mike Patton, the film has all the […] More

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