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September 9, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Like detention, "Tanner Hall," the new coming-of-age-in-a-boarding-school drama, allows room for a lot of thinking about other things — its cast most notably, since watching their struggle to move beyond the mundane is painful. I found time to wonder how Rooney Mara, the film's studious Fernanda, will do morphing into the angry punk enigma Lisbeth Salander for director David Fincher's version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in a couple of months. And why Tom Everett Scott, who blows in like an autumn wind as major crush material and can do sexy-brooding intellectual so well, doesn't turn up in better films.
November 10, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With late-arriving prestige pictures "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (Stephen Daldry!) and "War Horse" (sentimental Steven Spielberg!) and the looming shadow of Oscar magnet Meryl Streep playing England's "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher, the award season, at its outset, sported an air of uncertainty all but absent from last year's front-loaded race. Or it did, until right about the time we handed out candy to a kid dressed up like J. Edgar Hoover (the angry old guy version) and realized that, yes, some spots continue to be up for grabs, but in terms of who'll get the nominations, the major races have already narrowed into focus.
April 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" is one of those bestselling novels that's making a swift transition to movie screens. The thriller first went to No. 1 on The Times' bestseller list in June 2012 and in October of this year it'll be in theaters. Starring Ben Affleck, no less, as the golden-boy-turned-suspect Nick Dunne. The first trailer for the film debuted this week; see it here . It makes clear what the movie is about: Perfect couple, wife goes missing, and husband remembers halcyon scenes but -- something is amiss.
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