‘Contagion’ Has All The Symptoms But Lacks The Payoff Of A Solid Flick

“Contagion” opened at midnight today, and I was pumped. The trailer is action-packed, thrilling and promises thrills and chills (no pun intended), but the movie doesn’t follow suit. It opens to a black screen and the isolated sound of coughing. (Kudos to director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns.) It all starts with one…
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Oscar Buzz Catapults Relative Unknowns Into Spotlight

By John Anderson Newsday Oscar night is about glitz and dresses and famous people, but every now and then, relative unknowns get a ticket to the Academy Awards sweepstakes. They don’t usually win _ just being nominated, as they say, is honor enough (sob). But they’re in the mix, which this year includes several performers…
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A Look At One Of Last Year’s Nominees…

“Nine,” a few points shy of a perfect 10 I just finished “Nine” starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Kate Hudson. Oh and Fergie. Big cast. Big names. Lotsa Oscar winners. I felt like Rob Marshall, the director of Oscar winning Chicago, was trying to one-up…
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