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Armenian genocide film The Promise unfairly panned on IMDb

As a general rule of thumb, we here at JoBlo don't report the latest in politics or religion. We report film news, we review the movies, and we do our best to deliver content that's fun and insightful regarding the film medium. That's what we love doing and that's what we love sharing. Admittedly, sometimes that does cross over in the ever-controversial realm of politics...
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Review: LBJ (TIFF 2016)

PLOT: The story of Lyndon Baines Johnson ( Woody Harrelson ) during the Kennedy years through to his eventual swearing-in as president following the JFK assassination, and his difficult first year in-office as he struggles to pass the Civil Rights Act. REVIEW: Sitting through the end credits of Rob Reiner ’s LBJ, I had to double-check the copyright date to make sure it...
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Review: The Promise (TIFF 2016)

PLOT: In the final days of the Ottoman Empire, an Armenian medical student ( Oscar Isaac ) falls in-love with a French-educated Armenian woman (Charlotte Le Bon) who’s the mistress of a cynical American journalist ( Christian Bale ). Already facing hardship due to his betrothal to another woman, the two soon find themselves caught-up in the horrifying Armenian genocide and on...
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Face-Off: Cloverfield vs. Monsters

In our previous Face-Off , ZOOLANDER took on ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY . While I gave ANCHORMAN the edge, and some of you were with me, it looks like more of you lean toward ZOOLANDER . Both films are definitely an acquired taste and require a certain tolerance for the idiotic, so I certainly won't fault anyone for preferring one over the other. This weekend, we have 10...
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First look at Woody Harrelson as Lyndon B. Johnson from Rob Reiner's LBJ

Rob Reiner has been trying to get a movie made about Lyndon B. Johnson for years now, and production on LBJ finally kicked off earlier this week, with Woody Harrelson playing the 36th President of the United States. EW has a first look at Harrelson as Johnson, and I think you guys are going to be very impressed with the actor's transformation for the role. The upcoming biopic...
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Cool Videos: What video stabilization does to shaky cam movie footage

We all complain about the amount of shaky cam footage that pervades movies these days. Whether it be found footage flicks or the work of directors like Paul Greengrass , unstable cinematography is meant to convey a sense of realism and immediacy in the scene being shown. But, when overused, it just makes you want to throw up. Advances in technology have allowed for newer cameras to...
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Face-Off: Super 8 vs. Cloverfield

In last weeks Face Off , we saluted early Tim Burton with a match between Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. In opposition to where I stood on the matter, our readers rallied and let me know the entertainment value of Beetlejuice could not be matched. Can't say I'm upset with that verdict as I loved the shit out of both films. This week, its all about monsters from the mind of JJ...
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