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Biopics & Movies Based on Real Events: Articles


'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President

Barry Obama (Devon Terrell) reads Ralph Ellison's 1952 sociopolitical novel Invisible Man – not to be confused with H.G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novel The Invisible Man. 'Barry' & me: Finding common ground between this reviewer and U.S. President Barack Obama While thinking about Barry, Vikram Gandhi's 1981-set film about a […]


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'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President



'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood 'All-American Hero'

Sully movie with Tom Hanks as US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger: Clint Eastwood homage to the “noble and decent American” threatened by a “heartless government.” 'Sully' movie review: 'Taut, straightforward' drama features Clint Eastwood's latest all-American hero When considering Sully, Clint Eastwood's taut, straightforward account of heroism on trial, it […]


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'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood 'All-American Hero'



'The Aviator' Movie Review: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cate Blanchett Miscast in Heavy-Handed Biopic

The Aviator movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes: Bizarre billionaire bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent – but not as Howard Hughes Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would […]


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'The Aviator' Movie Review: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cate Blanchett Miscast in Heavy-Handed Biopic



'The Fighter' Movie Review: Marketable Real-Life Inspired Drama

'The Fighter' movie stars Mark Wahlberg as boxer Micky Ward: Only key cast member not shortlisted for the Academy Awards. 'The Fighter' movie review: 'Smart' – i.e., 'marketable' – filmmaking David O. Russell's The Fighter is a smart film; smart in the way it's constructed and executed as a means […]


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'The Fighter' Movie Review: Marketable Real-Life Inspired Drama



'Finding Neverland' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie Disney Style

'Finding Neverland' movie: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie a.k.a. J.M. Barrie, with the Llewelyn Davies family: Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and Luke Spill. 'Finding Neverland' movie review: Losing reality Back in 2001, German-born director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, World War Z) brought a much […]


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'Finding Neverland' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie Disney Style



'Steve Jobs' Movie: Michael Fassbender Career-Making Performance in 'Riveting' Biopic

'Steve Jobs' movie poster. 'Steve Jobs' movie: 'Riveting, high speed' biopic starring Michael Fassbender at his best On the outside, computers are clean, symmetrical slabs of molded polycarbonate; pleasant, or at least inoffensive, to look at. On the inside, however, the part most consumers don't see, is a bento box […]


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'Steve Jobs' Movie: Michael Fassbender Career-Making Performance in 'Riveting' Biopic



Cate Blanchett in Lucille Ball Biopic: Oscar Winner Aaron Sorkin to Write Screenplay

Lucille Ball: The glamour look. Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball: Actress won Oscar for incarnating Ball's fellow RKO contract player Katharine Hepburn Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is reportedly slated to star in a biopic of former RKO and MGM actress and big-time television comedienne Lucille Ball. Aaron Sorkin, […]


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Cate Blanchett in Lucille Ball Biopic: Oscar Winner Aaron Sorkin to Write Screenplay



Amy Winehouse Documentary: 'Heartbreaking' and 'Impressive' Work

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse documentary: 'Heartbreaking' and 'impressive' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out new school […]


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Amy Winehouse Documentary: 'Heartbreaking' and 'Impressive' Work



Howard Hughes Movies: From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Robards and (Nearly) Jim Carrey

Howard Hughes movies: Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Aviator.' Howard Hughes movies Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, […]


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Howard Hughes Movies: From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Robards and (Nearly) Jim Carrey



Muhammad Ali: 'The Greatest,' 'A.k.a. Cassius Clay' & 'Made in Miami'

Muhammad Ali Growing up in the 1970s, the specter of heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali – whom I could never stand – was everywhere. Contrary to opinions voiced about him post-Parkinson's Disease, Ali was the most despised athlete of that era. The most beloved was actually soccer superstar Pelé. Nonetheless, from […]


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Muhammad Ali: 'The Greatest,' 'A.k.a. Cassius Clay' & 'Made in Miami'



'Ray' Movie Review: Ray Charles Biopic Takes Conventional Route

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, Ray Taylor Hackford's prosaic biopic Ray offers no more than a superficial look at the life and career of legendary singer and composer Ray Charles. I say “superficial” in that Ray may show Charles' stand against racism, in addition to his many women and drug […]


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'Ray' Movie Review: Ray Charles Biopic Takes Conventional Route



'The Hurricane' Movie: Denzel Washington Stars in Absurdly Contrived Biopic

The Hurricane movie: Denzel Washington as Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter. Like Stanley Kramer, Norman Jewison has often been dedicated to commercial filmmaking with a socially conscious edge: labor relations in F.I.S.T.; corruption in the U.S. justice system in …And Justice for All; religious fanaticism in Agnes of God; anti-Semitism in Fiddler […]


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'The Hurricane' Movie: Denzel Washington Stars in Absurdly Contrived Biopic



'The King's Speech' Review: Brilliant Colin Firth in Remarkable Drama

The King's Speech with Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter I can't imagine what it must be like to be born into royalty. That kind of life, for all the material wealth it provides, must be in so many ways devoid of any real human interaction. It's a world that is […]


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'The King's Speech' Review: Brilliant Colin Firth in Remarkable Drama



Johnny Depp Family Movie Tops Highly Eclectic National Board of Review Awards

Johnny Depp family movie Finding Neverland. Directed by Marc Forster, and starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie and Kate Winslet as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, the audience-friendly, truth-distorting period piece Finding Neverland was the National Board of Review Awards' Best Film winner. Making his screenwriting debut, David Magee […]


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Johnny Depp Family Movie Tops Highly Eclectic National Board of Review Awards



Alfred Kinsey Scale of Facts: Movie vs. Reality

Alfred Kinsey ca. 1950: Kinsey Scale creator. Alfred Kinsey sex researcher vs. 'Kinsey' movie biopic Alfred Kinsey (1894-1956), played by Liam Neeson in writer-director Bill Condon's 2004 movie Kinsey, and his wife Clara – Laura Linney in the biopic – had four children. Only three are shown in Kinsey. Their […]


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Alfred Kinsey Scale of Facts: Movie vs. Reality