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Fox News Doocy and Kilmeade Appear With Nicole Kidman in New Roger Ailes Film

Following the managed to channel Megyn Kelly, how John Lithgows Roger Ailes measures up to the version portrayed by Russell Crowe on Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson. Combined with Margot Robbie as a composite character meant to stand in for Ailes largely powerless sexual harassment and assault victims at Fox, the result is a blend of reality and artifice that at first glance could make for a wildly compelling movie experience, especially when you consider the script comes from Charles Randolph, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Big Short. The trailer…

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The Goldfinch Movie Lays a Big Egg in Toronto

The first thing you have to know about Donna Tartts heartfelt novel, and for that reason it will forever fall into the camp of Bad Book-to-Movie Adaptations, the ones that are such a cumbersome disaster that they make book lovers seethe. The second thing you need to know is that it is impeccably shot by the great Roger Deakins, whos so talented he could make a storage unit into a place of beauty (which he does here!). And so, as the movie drifts along to a rote script that reproduces…

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Top of the Lake: China Girl review Elisabeth Moss is totally mesmerising, again

Season two sees Jane Campion wring cinematic beauty from a seedy Sydney cityscape, with Nicole Kidman joining Mosss Detective Robin Griffin An Asian couple finish their noodles, then take a big wheelie suitcase to the top of a cliff at night. The size of the case, its obvious weight, and the cemetery (Jane Campions Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC2). The vast, lonely beauty of the South Island scenery played such a major part in the first series. But Campion wrings a different kind of beauty, still cinematic though,…

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