<p>Denzel Washington may look like he's holding it together in the new Robert Zemeckis film 'Flight,' but he's hiding some serious pain behind those shades.</p>

Denzel Washington may look like he's holding it together in the new Robert Zemeckis film 'Flight,' but he's hiding some serious pain behind those shades.

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Review: 'Flight' takes Robert Zemeckis and Denzel Washington on an unexpected trip

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An unsparing look at a life spent in free-fall marks new territory for director and star

Robert Zemeckis has never made anything like "Flight," and Denzel Washington has rarely played a character this damaged.  I frequently feel like studio movies arrive somewhat predigested because of how many times we've seen variations on the same basic formulas, and when you do run into something that takes its own path, that tells its own story in a way you're not expecting, it can be positively shocking.  Working from a strong piece of material by John Gatins, Zemeckis seems to be trying something that is, for him, both new and a clear representation of the things that make him most interesting as a filmmaker.

I remember seeing Spike Lee talk about the making of "Mo' Better Blues," and one of the things that he said made the film difficult to shoot was a firm rule from Denzel Washington that he did not want to do any elaborate love scenes or any sort of onscreen nudity with a female co-star because of his own offscreen marriage.  As good as he is, there's often a sense that he's holding back something, that he is careful about his image.  It's the sort of thing that I think often affects Will Smith's choices as a movie star as well, and it can be hard to let go of after you've lived with it for a long time.  I couldn't help but think about that when we first see Denzel in this film, in bed with Nadine Velazquez, finishing a beer for breakfast and doing a rail to wake himself up as she walks around the room totally nude.  At one point, he gives a sideways glance right up her backside as he talks on the phone, and there is a world weary quality to the beat that is both funny and immediately crushing.  This is the sort of performance where there's no personal vanity involved, and there's no thought of Denzel as Denzel.

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<p>Chloe Grace Moretz steps into the shoes of Carrie White in what looks like a very timely remake of Stephen King's 'Carrie'</p>

Chloe Grace Moretz steps into the shoes of Carrie White in what looks like a very timely remake of Stephen King's 'Carrie'

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First 'Carrie' trailer suggests new remake may tap into the zeitgeist perfectly

Chloe Moretz is front and center in this first glimpse at the new version

I have certainly spent my fair share of time and column inches writing about the remake culture that we're suffering through right now, and by and large, I'm not a fan.  I think there is an anemic degree of imagination on display from the studios these days, and even the excuse that these things fund the chances that they take starts to look a little thin when the remakes outnumber the originals ten to one.

But I'm willing to admit that there are remakes that make sense, and when there's a piece of material that speaks to the times we live in or that offers an opportunity that a filmmaker feels strongly about, then I'm more than happy to watch what they come up with.  And in the case of "Carrie," I would argue that the time is absolutely right to revisit what remains one of the most potent of Stephen King's novels.

After all, it's not like bullying has stopped.  If anything, today's technological culture has created a whole new way for kids to be tormented and teased.  It's been hard reading the stories about Amanda Todd and looking at the video she left behind when she committed suicide recently and seeing how there are still people who were part of her world who continue to pile on the abuse even now that she's dead.  It's just one more disturbing story in a long line of them, and while some people seem to think this is new, I think it's just a new version of something that's been around as long as there have been weak and strong kids, as long as people have felt different, as long as there has been the need for some people to victimize others to make themselves feel better.

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<p>No one takes greater delight in playing visually upsetting than Javier Bardem, which could be a very good thing indeed in 'Skyfall,' the latest James Bond film.</p>

No one takes greater delight in playing visually upsetting than Javier Bardem, which could be a very good thing indeed in 'Skyfall,' the latest James Bond film.

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Javier Bardem torments James Bond in a new 'Skyfall' clip

Silva looks like an interesting challenge for the super spy

I'm going to have to stop watching clips and trailers at this point, I think.

Then again, this latest clip is so much fun that I'm not sure I'm going to be able to stop myself.

I know very little about Silva, the mysterious bad guy that Javier Bardem is playing in the film, but one of the keys to making a Bond film work is pitting him against someone who is a worthy adversary.  So far, the early reviews that I've glanced at seem to really like Bardem's work, and this new clip is one of the best glimpses we've had so far of Silva and Bond together.

What I like about this is the way it feels like Silva is engaged in the game here.  It feels like he's enjoying the cat-and-mouse with Bond, and the move he pulls to get away is pretty great.  It's also pretty clear that this is another film where Javier Bardem is visually disturbing, adding to the menace.  Nobody makes wigs more upsetting than Bardem, and his "blonde policeman" thing he's got going on here is really freaky.

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<p>The Lizard throws a few extra bodies on the pile in the deleted scenes from 'The Amazing Spider-Man'</p>

The Lizard throws a few extra bodies on the pile in the deleted scenes from 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

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Deleted scenes from 'The Amazing Spider-Man' promise more answers than they offer

A sneak peek at the upcoming home video release includes several new moments

Two of the films that most frustrated me this year were "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Prometheus," and it's important to point out that I don't get frustrated when I see a film that is terrible from start to finish.  Those are easy to dismiss.

I get frustrated when I see a film that has real potential but which falls short thanks to certain decision-making.  "The Amazing Spider-Man," for example, is a film that has many of the pieces right.  Casting is a big part of making these films work, and I think they cast the film incredibly well.  It was the script that made me crazy with that one, and I knew that the film had been tinkered with repeatedly during production, with some major parts of the film dropped very late in the process.

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<p>Odd Job and his hat are just one threat you'll have to face when you play as James Bond in the new 'James Bond:&nbsp;Legends' video game</p>

Odd Job and his hat are just one threat you'll have to face when you play as James Bond in the new 'James Bond: Legends' video game

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Final 'James Bond: Legends' trailer promises gamers a trip through Bond's legacy

Could this be one of the good Bond games?

"Skyfall" has begun screening for US press on the eve of its UK release, and so far, the word on the film is nothing short of ecstatic.  I am very excited by everything I've heard about it so far, and I'm having to work hard not to read some of the more detailed reviews.  I want a chance to see this one fairly clean, and so far, I think the trailers have been good about not giving away too much of the movie.

In the meantime, if you are itching for some Bond and you don't want to wait, Activision has a solution for you and it's hitting stores tomorrow.  "James Bond: Legends" was created as an homage to the 50-year history of the film franchise, and in the game, you'll be able to play your way through six of the films from the series.

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<p>Ridley Scott, seen here on the set of 'Prometheus,' is determined to not only make another film set in this world, but also return to 'Blade Runner'</p>

Ridley Scott, seen here on the set of 'Prometheus,' is determined to not only make another film set in this world, but also return to 'Blade Runner'

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Ridley Scott continues to talk up 'Blade Runner' and 'Prometheus' sequels

A brief bit of non-news sets off another fanboy frenzy, but why?

It was fascinating to watch the way the Internet behaved in the months leading up to the release of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus."  I feel like I was one of the few people who wasn't convinced from day one that the film would reinvent science-fiction and cure the common cold all in one fell swoop, because the near-rabid reactions to every photo and every tiny tidbit of information was sort of terrifyingly intense.

Now Scott's gearing up for another run of fanboy mania, and I'm curious to see if anyone learned anything from the experience they had with "Prometheus," or if they're going to be just as rabid and just as pre-convinced of greatness when it comes to the "Blade Runner" sequel that he's developing right now.

Here's why I think no one learned a single thing.  Scott gave a short interview to Metro in the UK, and it has been picked up everywhere today and people seem to think that it's as good as a release date for the "Blade Runner" sequel.  Let's look at what he actually said about the film, which was already announced as being in development:

"It's not a rumor - it's happening. With Harrison Ford? I don't know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don't know how long he can live. [laughs] And that's all I'm going to say at this stage."

Wow.  First, there's nothing new there.  We already knew he was attached.  He said it was a sequel during the "Prometheus" theatrical press.  And he's still convinced that Harrison Ford was a replicant in the original, which automatically makes me pray that something happens to derail this film before he makes it and ruins another legacy.

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<p>Jessica Chastain is part of the team responsible for finding and killing Osama Bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow's new thriller 'Zero Dark Thirty,' due out in December.</p>

Jessica Chastain is part of the team responsible for finding and killing Osama Bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow's new thriller 'Zero Dark Thirty,' due out in December.

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Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty' gets a tense and moody full-length trailer

The hunt for Bin Laden looks like a wild ride for this holiday season

It cannot be an easy thing to follow up a win for Best Picture at the Oscars, particularly when that moment can be seen as a redefinition of someone's career.  Kathryn Bigelow may have been well-regarded by film nerds for her early work, but "The Hurt Locker" brought her to a much broader audience than ever before and it also established her as a very different type of filmmaker from the person who made "Near Dark" and "Point Break."

It looks like "Zero Dark Thirty" is what we would expect from the new Kathryn Bigelow, and that's exciting.  While we may know the eventual outcome of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, there's so much of the story that we don't know that I get the feeling this is going to be about the process, not the ending.

Working with Mark Boal, the writer/producer she paired with on "The Hurt Locker," Bigelow's film takes place over the full decade it took to hunt down Bin Laden, and it looks like this is one of those subgenres of film I love, movies about people under pressure, and with a cast like this, I look forward to seeing how they crack and fracture under that pressure.

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<p>The shaggy, silly 'Magical Mystery Tour' is positively dazzling in its new Blu-ray release</p>

The shaggy, silly 'Magical Mystery Tour' is positively dazzling in its new Blu-ray release

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Want to win the deluxe version of the new 'Magical Mystery Tour' Blu-ray?

Of course you do! And all you need is a Facebook account

By far, the weirdest movie my kids have ever seen is "Magical Mystery Tour," which arrives on Blu-ray this week, getting us one step closer to having the full Beatles filmography in high-definition.

It's been so long since I'd seen "Magical Mystery Tour" that I'd forgotten most of it, and for the most part, it's a shaggy, occasionally incoherent collections of largely-improvised scenarios tied together loosely with a storyline about Ringo and his Aunt Jessie (Jessie Robbins) on a bus tour together.  McCartney was the key creative talent behind the camera, and there's a sense in much of the movie that Lennon, Harrison, and even Starr are just indulging McCartney.  If nothing else, some of the acting in the film should serve as proof that it is not easy to just "make it up" while you're on set.

Having said that, I think the film is tremendously watchable, and the soundtrack on this Blu-ray is worth the purchase price all by itself.  They're doing a great job with these high-def presentations, and it is entirely fitting that the work done to remaster the music is where the most effort appears to have been expended.  "Yellow Submarine" is one of those discs that I use to show off how well Blu-ray can reproduce an analog presentation.  There are scenes on that discs where it looks like you're looking at the actual cel layout, where you can see the textures of the animated images and the backgrounds, and the sonic landscapes on both discs sound like they were recorded and mastered today.

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<p>Leonardo Di Caprio gets to indulge his sleazy side as Calvin Candie in 'Django Unchained'</p>

Leonardo Di Caprio gets to indulge his sleazy side as Calvin Candie in 'Django Unchained'

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New 'Django Unchained' trailer features fast funny word play and more DiCaprio

Yep... that's a Quentin Tarantino movie all right

It looks like The Weinstein Company and Columbia are on track for that Christmas Day opening for "Django Unchained" after all.

I would not have been shocked to learn that they were moving it until 2013.  After all, production ran much longer than expected, and Tarantino was constantly tweaking and adjusting the script during production.  I'm sure that's a good thing, and everything I've heard from people on the film is that it's coming together really well.  But sometimes it takes longer to get a film right than is originally planned, and this looked like one of those cases.

In addition, this is the first time Tarantino has made a film without his editor, Sally Menke, and she was a pretty important part of his process.  Fred Raskin, who is cutting the film, served under Menke on a few films, and he's been an assistant editor on a number of films like "Boogie Nights" and "Insomnia" and "Punch-Drunk Love."  He's also been sole editor on the last three "Fast and Furious" movies as well as Justin Lin's "Annapolis," and my guess is Tarantino wanted some sense of continuity, and Raskin was around during the "Kill Bill" films, so there's already a certain level of comfort.

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<p>Shailene Woodley, seen here at the MTV&nbsp;Movie Awards this summer, may be joining the cast of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'</p>

Shailene Woodley, seen here at the MTV Movie Awards this summer, may be joining the cast of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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Shailene Woodley reportedly in talks to play Mary Jane for 'Spider-Man' sequel

Will Electro be the bad guy this time?

Shailene Woodley's work in "The Descendants" was a revelation, and a major announcement for her as a talent to watch.  Since then, she has not been in overkill media hype mode, which is nice.  She went back to the TV show she stars in and she has, no doubt, been reading and meeting people and looking for the next thing she'd do.

Playing Mary Jane Watson in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" sounds like a pretty good gig.

Variety is reporting that Woodley is in early talks to play the part, and she would be joining returning stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, no doubt complicating the easy chemistry they displayed in the first film.  Woodley seems much younger than Garfield, but I'm sure they've put them together at this point if they're getting close to hiring her, and returning director Marc Webb must be happy with what he's seen.

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