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Keira Knightley’s 10 Best Movies

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley has been acting professionally since she was eight, and at 32, has an impressive resume of quality films under her belt that range from indie dramas to seafaring blockbusters.  Knightley has wonderful range as a comedic actress and fits well in period dramas where she’s gotten the most awards attention (The Imitation Game and Pride and Prejudice) and modern dramas (Love Actually and Collateral Beauty).  Her most famous role is that of Elizabeth Swann, female protagonist of the first three films in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.  Where she chooses to take her career at this point is up to her.  She’s a proven box office draw with the respect of the critics, and she’s still so young, you get the feeling her best is still yet to come.

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Kate Winslet’s 10 Best Movies

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Kate Winslet is one of the most critically-acclaimed actresses of the last 25 years.  Able, like her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, to shed the “Titanic” label, Winslet has gone on to star in a series of challenging, diverse roles over her career that have earned her 7 Oscar nominations and a whopping 11 Golden Globe nominations.  My personal favorite roles of Winslet, are not the ones for which she’s received the most praise.  Her only Oscar win to date is for 2008’s The Reader, which was a fine performance but nowhere near her best and was one of those Oscar wins where someone has just become ridiculously DUE.  My favorite work of her’s is in Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, her insanely (literary pun) good Ophelia in Kenneth Brannagh’s Hamlet, and her indomitable sidekick to Michael Fassbender’s Steve Jobs.  I also loved her and the entire cast of the puzzling critically lambasted Collateral Beauty last winter.  Another argument for Rotten Tomatoes as a useless metric.  And, as if dominating movies wasn’t enough, Winslet has a well-earned Emmy for the powerful HBO mini-series, Mildred Pierce.  She’s an actor with a quarter century of fine performances who commands attention whenever she enters a project.
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In Theaters This Week (12/16/2016) – Rogue One, Collateral Beauty, Solace

Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Collateral Beauty

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  December 16th….are you serious?  THIS IS STAR WARS WEEKEND!  Christmas hath descended early to the geeks! Continue reading In Theaters This Week (12/16/2016) – Rogue One, Collateral Beauty, Solace

Trailer Time: Collateral Beauty Trailer #2 (2016) *The Peculiar Pen Pals of Will Smith*


Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith as a man in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy.  His way of coping of it is by writing letters.  Not to the deceased.  They tell you to do that in grief counseling and sometimes it helps.  Smith is writing letters to Death, Love, and Time.  And mailing them.  This has his friends understandably concerned, but not as concerned as Smith when Death (Helen Mirren) shows up with one of his letters in hand. The film also stars Kate Winslet, Michael Pena, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, and Naomie Harris, and has the daunting task of opening against the next Star Wars film when it debuts December 16, 2016.
Will Smith, Collateral Beauty

Trailer Time: Collateral Beauty Trailer #1 (2016) *A Matter of Life and Death*

Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith as a man in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy.  His way of coping of it is by writing letters.  Not to the deceased.  They tell you to do that in grief counseling and sometimes it helps.  Smith is writing letters to Death, Love, and Time.  And mailing them.  This has his friends understandably concerned, but not as concerned as Smith when Death (Helen Mirren) shows up with one of his letters in hand. Continue reading Trailer Time: Collateral Beauty Trailer #1 (2016) *A Matter of Life and Death*