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NOT GOING BY THE BOOK Bible stories strangely are having a little bit of a mini renaissance. We have Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings , starring Christian Bale, but first out of the gate is Noah , directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe...
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REMEMBERING BILL BAKER Over the years, we have lost people who have written for the magazine. Sadly it's a bit of an occupational hazard. But we have never lost anyone who has also been a close friend. Bill Baker wrote a number of articles for TRIPWIRE , in...
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ALL GREEK TO ME? In 2006, adaptation of Frank Miller's 300 was a surprise hit, making $200m at the US box office. So after a long gap, we have 300: Rise of An Empire , a follow-up which is also set at the same time as the first film. Greek general Themistok...
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AN UNCOMFORTABLE BIRTH  Jason Reitman has been known up to this point for making comedies ( Up In The Air , Thank You For Smoking , Juno ) or at least comedy dramas in the case of Juno . Labor Day , based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, sees him heading in a...
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WARNING: SPOILERS  ARMY INTELLIGENCE? It's been three years since Captain America: The First Avenger and we've had a number of other huge Marvel movies since ( Avengers (Assemble) , Thor: The Dark World, The Wolverine  and Iron Man 3). So audiences have bee...
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JUST DOESN'T ADD UP Every time Terry Gilliam releases a new film, there is an initial burst of interest. He is a very inconsistent director and out of the 19 films he has helmed, only a few can be called classics. The Zero Theorem , his first film since 200...
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CLOONEY'S ZEROES There are two George Clooneys. There's the actor who has appeared in serious weighty dramas like The Descendants , Ides of March , Good Night and Good Luck and Syriana and then there's the Hollywood heartthrob who has been seen in fluffy, v...
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THE BLAND LEADING THE BLAND Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan character was a semi-regular fixture on the big screen from 1990's Hunt For Red October until The Sum of All Fears over a decade later in 2002. Three actors played the part (Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and ...
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FOR FOLK'S SAKE The Coen Brothers are very patchy in terms of quality control. The last film they directed ( True Grit in 2010) was competent but ultimately rather pointless whereas its predecessor, A Serious Man (2009) was quirky and brilliant. Inside Llew...
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