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The Revenant – Elegantly Brutal Western Revenge Tale!

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Revenant: 2.A person or thing reborn (Wiktionary).

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant is adapted from a novel that was based on real events, so it comes by its PR as ‘inspired by true events’ the long way round – but that does not lessen its impact.

The Revenant is a riveting tale of brutal survival and the desire for revenge. It is elegantly shot but the violence is brutal and the obstacles unrelenting. It may get Leonardo DiCaprio his long-deserved Oscar® – and it might give cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki a shot at his third consecutive Oscar®.

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Snow and Fire Trailer: The Revenant!

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How do you follow up winning an Oscar® for sci-fi masterpiece Birdman? If you’re Alejandro G. Iñárritu, you go into the past to tell the story legendary explorer Hugh Glass – and his survival following an attack by a bear and betrayal by his most trusted confidant, John Fitzgerald.

In short, you make The Revenant – with a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleesaon and Will Poulter – in some of the most trying conditions ever.

The Revenant opens on Christmas Day. Follow the jump to check out the first trailer.

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The Wolf of Wall Street Swaggers Onto Home Video In March!

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One of the most acclaimed films of 2013, The Wolf of Wall Street is coming to home video on March 25th in the form of a Blu-Ray+DVD Combo Pack. Both formats will feature the theatrical release of the film, while the Blu-Ray will also contain The Wolf Pack – a featurette in which ‘Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and other cast and crew discuss the incredible journey of making the film.’

Check out the press release after the jump.

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The Wolf of Wall Street – It’s All Fun &Games ‘til You Go to Jail!

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Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is a gloriously debauched rigs-to-riches-to-jail tale that soars for its first two-and-a-half hours – then changes tone and runs out of steam. It deserves its hard R-rating.

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Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Wall Street Gets Christmas Release!

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Martin Scorsese’s film about the shift from the American dream to corporate greed – through the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort – has been moved up to a Christmas Day release. It’s an epic tale of money, power, drugs and women starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort.

Follow the jump for links to trailers and social media.

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The State of Pixar, DiCaprio as Woodrow Wilson, Cranston as Trumbo, TV to Film Adaptations

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If you’re a history nerd, like many of the folks over at GeekScholars Movie News, you’re going to especially love this week’s podcast. To start, the hosts delve into the details regarding two very intriguing biopics in the works: Leonardo DiCaprio playing U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) tackling the life of prolific screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo may not be a very recognizable name, but his story is extremely fascinating.

From there, the GeekScholars have an in-depth roundtable discussion about animation powerhouse Pixar, including whether or not the studio has peaked, given lackluster receptions to their last couple of films, and tales of woe coming out of their production teams.

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Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street Trailer is a Real Party!

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The latest Martin Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street, is based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort. It’s the story of the scam artist who was indicted in 1998 for bilking investors of more than $200 million. That sounds kinda dry, but Belfort was a real party animal so the film – which also stars Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Jon Favreau among others – is definitely anything but.

Check out the first trailer after the jump.

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Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby is Spectacular!

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I had much the same reaction to The Great Gatsby that I had to Les Miserables – I could probably enumerate a ton of flaws, but I just don’t care because the overall experience is spectacular.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s slim novel presented cool characters with understandable motivations and simultaneously captured the essence of an era – the 1920s. It was a tale of love vs. reality with a central character who could be hopelessly corrupt and a shining beacon of hope at the same time.

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Inception: Christopher Nolan’s Little Heist Flick!

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Christopher Nolan’s Inception is, at its heart, a heist flick and, therefore, adheres to the conventions of one: finding a target, selecting a team, creating the plan and pulling the heist – only something goes awry and improvisation is called for. The only real differences are that a) the idea is not to steal something, but to place something, and b), the scene of the heist [or anti-heist, if you will] is someone’s subconscious – that process is called extraction.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Shutter Island – Martin Scorsese’s Big, Bad [And That’s Good] B-Movie Noir!

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In many reviews, I have castigated directors and writers for that matter] of failing to make a successful thriller/horror/noir film because they went into it with one tone – usually grey. There are precious few breaks in the bleakness of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and yet I never felt bored by its unremittingly ominous tone. Maybe that’s because Scorsese is a master storyteller and has the ability to produce subtle tonal changes – even in a film that does not rely on subtlety in any normal sense.

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