The Fighter by name the fighter by nature?

It's easy to forget that the Cannes Film Festival isn't just an opportunity for stars (and Paris Hilton) to get dolled up. With rights available for countless flicks, the event is actually a bit more like a movie jumble sale - albeit a very exclusive one where fat cheque books are required... Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg's The Fighter is just...

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Contraband – Review

Contraband – Review

Contraband is a high-octane action thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale and Ben Foster. Despite its slight predictability, it still manages to avoid the many pitfalls other films of this genre have driven right into. Whenever you watch an action thriller, there are certain conventions that they all seem to abide by. There...

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Christian Bale defends The Flowers of War

Christian Bale defends The Flowers of War

The latest trailer for The Flowers of War, staring Christian Bale, has been released. However, critics have been quick to dismiss the historical drama as anti-Japanese propaganda... The Flowers of War, directed by Zhang Yimou (the man behind Raise the Red Lantern and House of Flying Daggers), tackles the controversial events of the...

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David O Russell makes series of Alberta Cross videos

David O Russell makes series of Alberta Cross videos

David O. Russell, the director behind movies such as this year's The Fighter, I [Heart] Huckabees and Three Kings, has filmed a series of six videos for Brooklyn-based rockers, Alberta Cross. The New York borough of Brooklyn seems incapable of producing anything that isn't seriously hipper-than-thou at the moment. Hailing from that neck...

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Amy Adams is Lois Lane

Amy Adams is Lois Lane

The news we've all been waiting for has finally arrived - Amy Adams has been cast to play Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's hotly anticipated Superman. Back in January we found out that Brit actor Henry Cavill won the coveted role of Clark Kent in the film that the The Dark Knight team, Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David S Goyer, are also...

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Snubbed talents presumably miffed at last night’s Oscars?

Snubbed talents presumably miffed at last night’s Oscars?

If I was one of the many actors, directors and other film-industry talents who wasn't even considered for an Academy Award this year despite my film being all over the rest of the list, I'd be upset. But who are they? There's a lot of debate on the topic at present, so soon after the awards ceremony itself, even in The Guardian - in the Friday...

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The TFR 2011 Oscars Round-Table

The TFR 2011 Oscars Round-Table

This year's Oscars are, as always, hotly contested, so we find out what predictions our TFR staffers are making for this weekend's big reveal. Jon: Winter's Bone Possibly the least likely to win, but this movie has some special Ozark magic and myth. Besides if Mark Kermode reckons we should all go and see it, who are we to argue. El:...

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It’s a knock-out: top ten best boxing films

It’s a knock-out: top ten best boxing films

With the upcoming release of biographical boxing flick The Fighter, everyone's got their head in the game, their mouth guard in, and the go-get-'em attitude for one more round. But before that, a few inspirational movies,...

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Firth and Portman take the gold at the SAG awards

Firth and Portman take the gold at the SAG awards

The 2011 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last night marked another step on the road to the Academy Awards - but shone their spotlight on the films we're used to seeing awards for by now - Black Swan, The King's Speech, et. al. For those of you who can't physically sit still until the 83rd Academy Awards get here (though here at TFR we're...

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Oscar and Razzie nominations announced

Oscar and Razzie nominations announced

With the award season finally upon us, our two favourite nomination lists have been released- the Oscars and the Razzies. We'll start with the Oscars, which lets be honest, have been hugely predictable. You guessed it, The King's Speech took away a fair few nominations, 12 in fact, including Best Picture and Best Actor. True Grit, which...

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Golden Globes 2011 winners

Golden Globes 2011 winners

One of the industry's  biggest award ceremonies - The Golden Globes - took place last night and Colin Firth and Natalie Portman went away with the top honours. Portman, who is both newly engaged and pregnant, was named best actress for her role in Black Swan. Firth received best actor for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's...

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Golden Globe nominations: the full list

Golden Globe nominations: the full list

Awards season is nearly upon us and yesterday the 2011 Golden Globe nominations were announced. Actors Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes and Blair Underwood had the job of announcing who was up for what. The King's Speech, which has already won awards at BIFA, left as a clear front runner, along with The Social Network and Black Swan. Rather...

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Fight Club meets Dragons Den in Twelve

Fight Club meets Dragons Den in Twelve

Twelve is a film you're definitely going to want to see if you're in any way interested in mixed martial arts (MMA). However, if you're a fan of the popular TV show, Dragon's Den, then you might enjoy it just as much. Twelve makes no fuss about its plot - twelve fighters, six millionaire backers and a jackpot for the winning fighter of...

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