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2008-09-03 09:00:26

By MIKE GRUSS FROM THE PEOPLE who brought you "Diamonds in the Raunch: Pro- life Positions Emerge in 'Knocked Up' and 'Waitress' " ... And from the writer of "Believing Is Seeing: The Rhetoric of Redemptive Wager in 'The Polar Express' " ... the story of a man who takes movies seriously. Very seriously. Marc Newman is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Regent University in Virginia Beach. He has one of those great gigs teaching about the rhetoric of movies. He's...

2008-09-01 06:00:19

A FILM about asylum seekers in Edinburgh has won an award at a US film festival. Trouble Sleeping is set among a group of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa living in the Capital. The film was made with the help of asylum seekers in Edinburgh. It tells of their constant battle to convince the authorities they should be allowed to stay in the UK. Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June, it has also been shown on BBC2. The film won the...

2008-08-30 09:00:42

By BRUCE HEADLAM By Bruce Headlam The New York Times SOMETHING JUST went horribly wrong," he says. The sound of hysterical laughter is heard. That line of dialogue and the stage direction that follows could have been found in many of the 13 major movies created by the Coen brothers: black comedies like "Blood Simple" or "Fargo" where invariably something does go horribly wrong. Here, however, the speaker is Joel Coen, and the laughter is provided by Ethan, his younger brother (by...

2008-08-29 09:00:43

By Roderick Conway Morris Burn After Reading Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen (U.S.) * Reviewed by Roderick Conway Morris * To give away the ingenious twists of the whacky plot of "Burn After Reading" would be a crime against cinema-going humanity. The opening out-of-competition film of the Venice Film Festival (which continues until Sept. 6), it received an enthusiastic reception at the press showings and premiere on Wednesday. It is the first spy movie the Coens have essayed...

2008-08-24 00:00:24

By Nicholas Barber Film 2 Get Smart Peter Segal 111 MINS, 12A There's been a rash of prequels over the past few years, catering for those strange people who have always wanted to know where James Bond got his Aston Martin or how Batman manufactured his Bat-mask, but there's never been a prequel less necessary than Get Smart. The 1960s TV series was a spy spoof created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Pitting Maxwell Smart, agent of Control, against the master criminals of Kaos, it was a...

2008-08-19 09:00:45

"Tropic Thunder" knocks "Dark Knight" out of box office top LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- DreamWorks' big-budget comedy "Tropic Thunder" topped the box office in North America this weekend, knocking Warner Bros.' latest Batman film out of the number one spot after it reigned in theaters for more than one month. "Tropic Thunder," which stars Hollywood big names Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black and Tom Cruise, opened to rave reviews and took in 26 million dollar over the...

2008-08-12 06:00:39

New Batman film The Dark Knight grossed pounds 13million last week to make it the No 1 movie in the US for the fourth week in a row. It is now third in the all-time US box office list, with total takings of pounds 222million, behind only Titanic and theoriginal Star Wars. (c) 2008 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-10 21:00:19

By eamonn holmes THE British film censor keeps referring concerned parents to its website in the ongoing row about the classification of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight. The organisation, charged with the responsibility of protecting the morals of the nation, defends the 12A rating by saying that "they have to strike a balance" and "any worried parents can get the best guidance from our website". So here goes. The site admits the film contains "moderate violence and sustained...

2008-08-10 00:00:17

By Camila Batmanghelidjh The indifference to human suffering in the caped crusader's latest foray is more shocking than the graphic violence that has excited its early critics. For young people used to images of cruelty, the film's lack of moral context is more dangerous by far The knife is shoved inside the victim's mouth and pulled from one side of the face to the other, the blade ripping a smile across the cheeks. The victim is petrified, frozen in terror, paralysed into...

2008-08-10 00:00:16

The dark protector of Gotham city's sky is back to rid the streets of crime! The latest blockbusting movie to hit the cinemas is the sequel to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight. Our secret superhero Bruce Wayne vowed to keep the city safe after seeing his parents taken away at an early age. Billionaire Bruce leads a double life, shy by day and batty by night Batman faces one of his greatest challenges yet as he confronts an old rival the Joker. He's ready for action and can't wait to...