Arthur: 'Beginners'

<b>Breed:</b> Jack Russell terrier<br>
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<b>Scene-chewing moment:</b> After his lonely owner meets comely actress at <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES000167" title="Halloween" href="/topic/arts-culture/halloween-EVFES000167.topic">Halloween</a> party, he begs (through the magic of subtitles): "Tell her the darkness is about to drown us unless something dramatic happens right now."<br>
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<b>Emotional range:</b> Demanding, yes (he will not be left alone!), but empathetic and precisely in sync with owner's emotions. ("Are we married yet?")<br>
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<b>Working for him:</b> Understands up to 150 words. Claims not to talk, but subtitled vocabulary equal to that of a linguist.<br>
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<b>Working against him:</b> Didn't save owner from life-threatening peril like that other Jack Russell.<br>
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<b>Oscar chances:</b> Feig's endorsement says it all: No dog played a more fully integrated character in a movie this year. Bow (wow) to him.

( Focus Features )

Breed: Jack Russell terrier

Scene-chewing moment: After his lonely owner meets comely actress at Halloween party, he begs (through the magic of subtitles): "Tell her the darkness is about to drown us unless something dramatic happens right now."

Emotional range: Demanding, yes (he will not be left alone!), but empathetic and precisely in sync with owner's emotions. ("Are we married yet?")

Working for him: Understands up to 150 words. Claims not to talk, but subtitled vocabulary equal to that of a linguist.

Working against him: Didn't save owner from life-threatening peril like that other Jack Russell.

Oscar chances: Feig's endorsement says it all: No dog played a more fully integrated character in a movie this year. Bow (wow) to him.

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