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Casting Review: Furious 7

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* CAUTION  – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**  Very few action film franchises have accomplished what the Fast & Furious franchise has since the first film, The Fast and the Furious, debuted in 2001. Although it’s all too common for Hollywood to churn out sequels and spinoffs of successful films, very rarely do you see seven iterations […]

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“Imitation Game” Casting Review

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Benedict Cumberbatch is arguably the actor of our generation and has played more iconic roles these past few years than most actors have played in a lifetime. He’s played the incomparable Sherlock Holmes, the iconic Star Trek villain Khan, the dreadful dragon Smaug, and is gearing up to play the comic book superhero Doctor Strange […]

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“Annie” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Rebooting a movie has become so common in this day and age the process can basically be broken down into a couple key steps, including (but not limited to): reworking the narrative so it offers something different than its predecessor, changing up the cast to inject some diversity, and modernizing the story […]

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“American Sniper” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** One of the best offshoots of watching a film that is also a biopic is the fact that you get to learn about a fascinating individual or group of people that you might have otherwise overlooked–assuming you’re not already familiar with the source material, of course. That is how I felt coming […]

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“Foxcatcher” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Biopics continue their dominance this award season as four out of the five Golden Globe nominees for best drama movie are biographical in nature (the only non-biopic feature being Boyhood). This phenomenon shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise, since movies based off of the real-life events and stories of people […]

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“Into the Woods” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** What’s Christmas without a good ol’-fashioned musical? Amongst the plethora of dramas and biopics flooding the theaters this season, Into the Woods is a refreshing yet familiar piece of counterprogramming. Based off of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical of the same name, Into the Woods is a theatrical mash-up of some of the […]

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“Nightcrawler” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Nightcrawler is a dark love letter to Los Angeles and the business that is Hollywood. The story revolves around a creepy loner named “Louis Bloom” who is just trying to make it in LA–chasing the American dream if you will. He will stop at nothing to achieve his goals (something that he […]

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“Birdman” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** I don’t use this term very often, but Birdman is a tour de force of a film. It instantly captures your attention with its percussion soundtrack, enveloping cinematography, and, of course, award-worthy performances by its all-star cast. Birdman is a weird and manic indie film, and truly embraces that fact. The film […]

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“The Skeleton Twins” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** The Skeleton Twins is a prototypical indie film in all the best ways. Having made a critical splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the movie is a dark comedy about two estranged siblings who happen to share similar suicidal tendencies. Bill Hader plays “Milo”, a gay struggling actor, while Kristen Wiig […]

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“The Maze Runner” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Movies adapted from young adult novels have become quite a common staple in Hollywood culture. Unfortunately, because of this oversaturation of the genre, these films tend to be looked upon with mixed critical attention. With the exception of The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises, the last string of young adult book to […]

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