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  • Russell Crowe keeps 'Noah' afloat

     Russell Crowe keeps 'Noah' afloat
    Whether or not you embrace director Darren Aronofsky's fierce biblical vision in "Noah," it's worth seeing the film for the remarkably moving performance by Russell Crowe in the title role. The actor seems to do his best work in period pieces, the more centuries away from the present the better. Crowe's very good Roman soldier in "Gladiator" won him an Oscar in 2001, and his swashbuckling ship captain in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" greatly buoyed that film. It's not that Crowe can't thrive in more contemporary eras — his other Oscar nominations were for portraying Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" and a big-tobacco whistle blower in Michael Mann's "The Insider." But somehow in "Noah" Crowe reaches higher ground, the actor embodying a soul-searching man torn between family and faith. And when the most difficult choices must be made, you see the pain etched in Crowe's face as Noah goes with God. Yes, the film at times is over the top — fallen angels as towering rock monsters for one — but Aronofsky's artistic vision is searing. And Crowe is masterful carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.
  • MTV Movie Awards: Efron, Tatum, Wahlberg among memorable moments

    MTV Movie Awards: Efron, Tatum, Wahlberg among memorable moments
    True to form, Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards were a fizzy, freewheeling affair. The show, after all, is less a ceremony celebrating actors and their craft than it is an excuse for them to plug upcoming movies and try their hand at viral stunts. Here...

    Are good vibrations in store as cinemas amp up film experience?

     Are good vibrations in store as cinemas amp up film experience?
    In front of me, the movie screen starts at the floor and rises so high it's like seeing "Divergent" on the side of a building. At the moment warrior princess Tris, played by a fierce Shailene Woodley, is about to jump onto a speeding train. I can feel the...

    'Captain America' edges out 'Rio 2' to retain top box-office spot

    'Captain America' edges out 'Rio 2' to retain top box-office spot
    In a battle of the sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" retained its superhero grip at the weekend box office, finishing No. 1 and beating the animated "Rio 2" by a slim margin. "Captain America" grossed a studio-estimated $41.4 million in its...

    Hugh Jackman spoofs 'Wolverine: The Musical,' plugs new 'X-Men'

    Hugh Jackman spoofs 'Wolverine: The Musical,' plugs new 'X-Men'
    Not many superheroes can wallop bad guys and belt out a tune with equal aplomb, but Fox's "X-Men" franchise boasts just such a guy in Hugh Jackman, a.k.a. Wolverine. The star of last summer's "The Wolverine" demonstrated his singing prowess in an...