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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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October 17, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**** (out of four) “12 Years a Slave” is a raw, powerful film that matters, but watching it doesn't feel like work. If this movie ever appears on a syllabus, students will look forward to class. Adapting a horrifying true story, director Steve McQueen (“Shame,” “Hunger”) refuses to compromise the truth about a hideous period that's a part of us all. The filmmaker is no stranger to long takes, and he incorporates them repeatedly into his latest and arguably most daring work.
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November 6, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
I recently sold the movie rights to my memoir, "Publish This Book," which basically means two things: 1) I don't have to eat cans of that weird generic soup from Aldi that always seem to have minor deformities in the carrots anymore and 2) It is now possible that someone will make a movie of my life and thus hire an actor to play me. This is disturbing on quite a number of levels. Do I want someone better-looking than me, thereby causing people to be extremely disappointed when they meet the real me?
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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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October 17, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**** (out of four) “12 Years a Slave” is a raw, powerful film that matters, but watching it doesn't feel like work. If this movie ever appears on a syllabus, students will look forward to class. Adapting a horrifying true story, director Steve McQueen (“Shame,” “Hunger”) refuses to compromise the truth about a hideous period that's a part of us all. The filmmaker is no stranger to long takes, and he incorporates them repeatedly into his latest and arguably most daring work.
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June 13, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Far out in subject matter but not style, the documentary “The Source Family” chronicles a rather unusual family - unless you see nothing out of the ordinary about a marriage between Sunflower and Heaven. Yes, those are people's names, not an attempted union between a plant and the afterlife. The family is the cult that formed in 1970s California around Jim Baker, a leader with an almost comically absurd backstory: The six-foot, four-inch spiritual father figure/WWII vet was dubbed “America's strongest boy”...
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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...
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September 26, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Just as unpleasant movies can be fantastic (“Requiem for a Dream” comes to mind), entertaining movies can be mediocre. That's the case with “Don Jon,” the writing-directing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars as Jon, a buff, church-going New Joysy ladies' man who believes none of his one-night stands can live up to porn. As each girl sleeps in his bed, he gets up, turns on his computer and enjoys what he perceives as his ultimate sexual experience.
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January 12, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Combining movies and TV, a live broadcast and drinking celebs always creates the potential for oddness. But with the exception of the inevitable excellence of hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who also won!), Sunday's Golden Globes was particularly strange. Jared Leto, who took time off from a terrible band to make "Dallas Buyers Club," opened his best supporting actor acceptance speech (for a serious role as a transgender woman with AIDS) with numerous bad jokes about Brazilian waxing.
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February 20, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
The Academy Awards (being held March 2) bring out all kinds of extreme emotions and opinions from some people, but not me: I'm always totally even-tempered and maintain perspective that, in the grand scheme of things, Oscars don't mean a lot. Yeah, right. It's easy to get wrapped up in overrated nominees, undeserving winners and the occasional smart choice. On that note, here are my edited, post-deep breath thoughts about the major categories along with the unedited thoughts running through my head.
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November 6, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
I recently sold the movie rights to my memoir, "Publish This Book," which basically means two things: 1) I don't have to eat cans of that weird generic soup from Aldi that always seem to have minor deformities in the carrots anymore and 2) It is now possible that someone will make a movie of my life and thus hire an actor to play me. This is disturbing on quite a number of levels. Do I want someone better-looking than me, thereby causing people to be extremely disappointed when they meet the real me?
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December 12, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for its Golden Globes awards Thursday morning. Actors Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana and Aziz Ansari shared the following list of nominees in TV and film. The 71st Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 on NBC. Best Motion Picture - Drama "12 Years A Slave" "Captain Phillips" "Gravity" "Philomena" "Rush" Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy "American Hustle" "Her" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "Nebraska" "The Wolf Of Wall Street" Best Actor - Motion...
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January 8, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Reminder: The Golden Globes are not an actual predictor of the Academy Awards. They may share winners, but the voting bodies are completely different, as the Globes are chosen by the secret society that is the Hollywood Foreign Press. Still, Sunday's show is hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and most of the big awards contenders are nominated -- with several comedies categorized as dramas and vice-versa, sigh -- so it's worth acknowledging who actually deserves to win (rather than just predicting the often-predictable winners)
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