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Kristen Stewart 'Camp X-Ray' Reviews: Performances Praised at Sundance Film Festival

'Camp X-Ray': Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi praised, but mixed reviews for Sundance 2014 political drama (image: Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray') The Guardian's Xan Brooks wasn't too crazy about first-time feature film director Peter Sattler's Camp X-Ray, screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last week, though he did appreciate the acting of stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight, On the Road) and Peyman Moaadi (the male lead in Asghar Farhadi's 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner A Separation). In Camp X-Ray, Stewart plays a U.S. army private sent to Guantanamo, where she befriends one of the inmates, Ali (Moaadi), who claims to be an innocent man trapped in the American gulag and who also happens to be a devout […]


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Kristen Stewart 'Camp X-Ray' Reviews: Performances Praised at Sundance Film Festival



Los Angeles vs. New York Film Critics: Which Group Dares to Make More Offbeat Choices?

The Emigrants with Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow. From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the New York Film Critics Circle handed out top awards to a couple of dozen non-mainstream releases. Jan Troell's 1971 Swedish drama The Emigrants / Utvandrarna, starring Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow as two of the title characters, was one of these films, helping to earn Ullmann – along with Ingmar Bergman's Cries & Whispers – the NYFCC's 1972 Best Actress award. Unfortunately, in the last quarter of a century the NYFCC choices have become increasingly more mainstream. Who's more offbeat? Los Angeles vs. New York film critics (See previous post: “James Franco Tattoos + Surprising Best Film & Best Actress Ties: LAFCA […]


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Los Angeles vs. New York Film Critics: Which Group Dares to Make More Offbeat Choices?



James Franco Tattoos & Teeth + Surprising Best Film & Best Actress Ties: LAFCA Winners

James Franco tattoos in Spring Breakers. The 2013 Los Angeles Film Critics Awards named two Best Supporting Actor winners: James Franco for his portrayal of a Florida rapper and drugs & arms trafficker in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and Jared Leto for his performance as a fictional HIV-positive trans woman and AIDS medication smuggler in Jean-Marc Vallée's real-life-inspired drama Dallas Buyers Club. Perhaps it's a mere coincidence, but both winners fully transformed their physical appearance – see above the James Franco tattoos and gold-plated teeth; Jared Leto reportedly lost about 30 lbs. – to make their social outsiders look more realistic. Los Angeles Film Critics' surprise winners include James Franco tattoos & gold teeth + trio of ties The Los […]


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James Franco Tattoos & Teeth + Surprising Best Film & Best Actress Ties: LAFCA Winners