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November 28, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
After the year “Shame” star Michael Fassbender has had, the GQ Breakout Man for 2011 should be in a good mood. Still, anyone who has seen Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class,” “Jane Eyre”) in British director Steve McQueen's harrowing 2008 film “Hunger” or sees him in the excellent, intense, NC-17-rated sex addiction tale “Shame” opening Dec. 2 would be surprised, as I was, to walk into an Elysian hotel room to find Fassbender and McQueen dancing. “Let's do the interview dancing, all three of us,” Fassbender tells me,...
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May 22, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) You can call it superhero burnout, but it's really just idea burnout: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a big-budget, highly anticipated comic-book movie that does nothing to set itself apart. The story? The action? Yes, there's a lot going on. But the texture and wow factors are gone. Don't get me wrong. I really, really liked 2011's “X-Men: First Class,” and “Days of Future Past” does, uh, travel all over the world in hopes of being entertaining.
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November 8, 2011 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Adele lovers breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when the Guardian announced she was expected to make a full recovery from vocal cord surgery (made slightly more awesome by the use of lasers). It's expected that she'll take one to two months to fully recover, which is like a century for someone who's makes your shower singing sound like Roz from "Monsters Inc. " Here's how we think she might pass the time. damoran@tribune.com  |  @redeyedana   45 percent -- Hopefully NOT texting with her ex, about whom "21" is written.
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May 1, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) In the latest issue of Esquire, the magazine identified Tom Hardy as the greatest actor of his generation. That may be a stretch - the guy's only five months younger than Michael Fassbender. Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Lawless”), however, is always very good. “Locke” needs him to be: The entire movie takes place inside Ivan Locke's (Hardy) car as he attempts to address numerous, major threads of his life via speaker phone during a late-night drive.
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July 1, 2012 | RedEye
The setup: "Magic Mike" was released Friday, and the movie - which is about male strippers ... not that we need to remind you - is full of sexy scenes and ridiculous laughs, but it doesn't include any true frontal male nudity. It got us wondering ... is male nudity sexy or funny? SEXY Let's be clear about something: Yes, male nudity, as it is currently portrayed in mainstream film, is totally giggle-worthy. Jason Segel didn't flap his junk from side to side in"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" for the added drama - he did it for the nervous laughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Here's a list of things less complicated than the brain. Almost everything. End of list. In “A Dangerous Method,” psychoanalysis develops from the pursuits of psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), who's equally convinced that sexual desires explain everything and that his opinion represents the correct one. The men's debates explode with intellectual curiosity. Freud perceives himself the wise mentor; Jung pursues, as he puts it, another hinge into the universe other than...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) In the latest issue of Esquire, the magazine identified Tom Hardy as the greatest actor of his generation. That may be a stretch - the guy's only five months younger than Michael Fassbender. Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Lawless”), however, is always very good. “Locke” needs him to be: The entire movie takes place inside Ivan Locke's (Hardy) car as he attempts to address numerous, major threads of his life via speaker phone during a late-night drive.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) You can call it superhero burnout, but it's really just idea burnout: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a big-budget, highly anticipated comic-book movie that does nothing to set itself apart. The story? The action? Yes, there's a lot going on. But the texture and wow factors are gone. Don't get me wrong. I really, really liked 2011's “X-Men: First Class,” and “Days of Future Past” does, uh, travel all over the world in hopes of being entertaining.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**** (out of four) Obviously the sex-addiction drama “Shame” has been rated NC-17 because of its nudity (something everyone experiences every day) and sex (something many people wish they experienced every day). Much has been written about the pro-violence, anti-sex rating system's foolishness, so we'll leave that alone. What deserves more conversation is star Michael Fassbender (Rochester in "Jane Eyre," Magneto in "X-Men: First Class"), who's fantastic in everything; in the riveting...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
When the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced its 2011 nominations this morning , a few things ran through my mind that I'd like to ask the voters (politely, of course): 1. Do you really think Jonah Hill's sidekick role in "Moneyball," which merely required the actor to be quieter and less obnoxious, contributed more to the story than Albert Brooks' softly chilling villain in "Drive," a marvel of simmering menace? In the battle between "funny guy becomes low-impact supporting player" and "funny guy becomes one of the year's most memorable...
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October 24, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Better described as “Fun with Words and Beheadings,” “The Counselor” attempts a crafty bait-and-switch experiment: Will audiences salivate so thoroughly at a delectable cast and the tart language of novelist/first-time screenwriter Cormac McCarthy (“No Country for Old Men,” “The Road”) that nobody notices this lovely vase is empty? Indeed, some may be unable to handle a naked Cameron Diaz (in a towel, sort of) rubbing Penelope Cruz's arm while talking about sex or Michael Fassbender dreamily assuring Cruz, “Life is being in bed...
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July 2, 2012 | Stephen Markley
There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not the new Ridley Scott“Alien” prequelish spin-off “Prometheus” is any good. I'll clear this up right now: No. It is not. [Warning: spoilers galore ahead] Certainly “Prometheus” is a lot of fun, and if people were just talking about it like the schlocky sci-firomp it is, I'd feel no need to crap in everyone's ice cream, but I've now read too many reviews lathering up Scott and writer Damon Lindelof for “asking Big Questions” or “melding sci-fi with philosophy” or some...
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July 1, 2012 | RedEye
The setup: "Magic Mike" was released Friday, and the movie - which is about male strippers ... not that we need to remind you - is full of sexy scenes and ridiculous laughs, but it doesn't include any true frontal male nudity. It got us wondering ... is male nudity sexy or funny? SEXY Let's be clear about something: Yes, male nudity, as it is currently portrayed in mainstream film, is totally giggle-worthy. Jason Segel didn't flap his junk from side to side in"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" for the added drama - he did it for the nervous laughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) So beautiful it belongs on the Maxim Hot 100, “Prometheus” arrives in the wake of an awesome-looking trailer to disintegrate the existence of the “Alien vs. Predator” movies and revive the world's excitement about cinema's second-most famous E.T. Also helpful: Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner”) returns to the director's chair, where he was when the “Alien” series began in 1979. Finally confirmed as a prequel to “Alien,” “Prometheus” concerns itself with where it all began on a much bigger level.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Here's a list of things less complicated than the brain. Almost everything. End of list. In “A Dangerous Method,” psychoanalysis develops from the pursuits of psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), who's equally convinced that sexual desires explain everything and that his opinion represents the correct one. The men's debates explode with intellectual curiosity. Freud perceives himself the wise mentor; Jung pursues, as he puts it, another hinge...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
When the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced its 2011 nominations this morning , a few things ran through my mind that I'd like to ask the voters (politely, of course): 1. Do you really think Jonah Hill's sidekick role in "Moneyball," which merely required the actor to be quieter and less obnoxious, contributed more to the story than Albert Brooks' softly chilling villain in "Drive," a marvel of simmering menace? In the battle between "funny guy becomes low-impact supporting player" and "funny guy becomes one of the year's most memorable...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) So beautiful it belongs on the Maxim Hot 100, “Prometheus” arrives in the wake of an awesome-looking trailer to disintegrate the existence of the “Alien vs. Predator” movies and revive the world's excitement about cinema's second-most famous E.T. Also helpful: Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner”) returns to the director's chair, where he was when the “Alien” series began in 1979. Finally confirmed as a prequel to “Alien,” “Prometheus” concerns itself with where it all began on a much bigger level.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Better described as “Fun with Words and Beheadings,” “The Counselor” attempts a crafty bait-and-switch experiment: Will audiences salivate so thoroughly at a delectable cast and the tart language of novelist/first-time screenwriter Cormac McCarthy (“No Country for Old Men,” “The Road”) that nobody notices this lovely vase is empty? Indeed, some may be unable to handle a naked Cameron Diaz (in a towel, sort of) rubbing Penelope Cruz's arm while talking about sex or Michael Fassbender dreamily assuring...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**** (out of four) Obviously the sex-addiction drama “Shame” has been rated NC-17 because of its nudity (something everyone experiences every day) and sex (something many people wish they experienced every day). Much has been written about the pro-violence, anti-sex rating system's foolishness, so we'll leave that alone. What deserves more conversation is star Michael Fassbender (Rochester in "Jane Eyre," Magneto in "X-Men: First Class"), who's fantastic in everything; in the riveting "Shame," he delivers the year's best male...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
After the year “Shame” star Michael Fassbender has had, the GQ Breakout Man for 2011 should be in a good mood. Still, anyone who has seen Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class,” “Jane Eyre”) in British director Steve McQueen's harrowing 2008 film “Hunger” or sees him in the excellent, intense, NC-17-rated sex addiction tale “Shame” opening Dec. 2 would be surprised, as I was, to walk into an Elysian hotel room to find Fassbender and McQueen dancing. “Let's do the interview dancing, all three of...
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