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Papillon escapes a gritty chrysalis with little flutter

Movie review: Papillon Charlie Hunnam looks a little like the late Steve McQueen, which makes comparisons to the 1973 Frank Schaffner classic harder to ignore, and Hunnam’s task all the more challenging as he’s forced to escape an island of fortified expectations.
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Saoirse Ronan and Ian McEwan Find Broken Shell of Love On Chesil Beach

Movie Review: On Chesil Beach Saoirse Ronan takes on the role of another mysterious female force in this latest McEwan adaptation, which tells the story of two newlyweds who embark on their maiden voyage together, but an iceberg awaits.  
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My Cousin Rachel Cinches Blood Ties

Movie Review: My Cousin Rachel Rachel Weisz performs a dance of several veils as Roger Michell revisits Victorian archetype through a psychologically modern lens
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Ghost in the Shell shows off Johansson’s muscle

Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell The woman who plays Black Widow packs a punch and a few roundhouse kicks as Major, the police robot with a human brain and a big metaphysical question in this detailed homage to the Japanese original
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Sense of an Ending eludes closure

Movie Review: The Sense of an Ending In the film version of the ambiguous Julian Barnes novel, Jim Broadbent shines as an older man whose quiet life is interrupted by a letter that makes him re-evaluate the past
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Inferno: To Hell and Back

Movie review: Inferno Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones get lost in a sea of attractive scenery and classical references in Ron Howard's decryption of Dante's Divine Comedy
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An okay film, Unless you read the book

Movie review: Unless This disappointing film adaptation of Carol Shields' final novel turns a meditation on who we are into a melodramatic puzzle with a conventional solution

On American Pastoral and Canadian Shields

Movies: #TIFF16 American Pastoral press conference Ewan McGregor's adaptation of Phillip Roth's novel points out the problems in bringing internal narrative to the big screen, but the actor-turned director faced the same challenge as those who braved the work of Carol Shields By Jay Stone TORONTO — Here’s something pretty interesting: in the Carol Shields book Unless (now a motion picture at the Toronto International Film Festival), a sensitive teenage girl sees a monk setting himself on fire and is inspired to drop out of society and become a mute beggar in front of Honest Ed’s discount emporium in Toronto. In the Philip Roth novel American Pastoral (also a movie at TIFF), a sensitive teenage girl sees a monk setting himself on fire and is inspired to drop out of society and become a domestic terrorist. This tells us something about Canada and the United States — or perhaps just something about Carol Shields and Philip Roth, and about the film industry in general. ...

Pop This! The Girl on the Train

Podcast: Pop This! Paula Hawkins's thriller debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list and now it's headed for the big screen with Emily Blunt in the lead, but is that a good thing? The feminist culture vultures pick at the problem of page to screen. Featuring Lisa Christiansen and Andrea Warner. Produced by Andrea Gin. A sampling of what you might hear in Episode 14: The Girl on the Train One of the hardest things about being a book and movie lover is you have to wait for them to announce the casting decision. Sometimes they get it so wrong that you actually feel nauseous. Harry Potter was a pretty good adaptation... The Shipping News was not. Kevin Spacey played a character described as a giant man with red hair. I love Maeve Binchy. I love Maeve Binchy, too. I did enjoy Willem Dafoe as Christ. Megan’s missing. That’s the inciting incident. If you haven't read the book, read it. It’s a definite thriller. I read it in four and a ...