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What Philomena Is Really About

Bryan Appleyard | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
Bryan Appleyard

Don't take any notice of people who tell you that Philomena is a polemic against the Catholic church or an anti-religous diatribe. What it's really about is the remarkable renewal of this extraordinary woman Philomena Lee's faith.

Christopher Rosen

Steve Coogan Thinks The Pope Might Like 'Philomena'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Thanks in part to the New York Post's Kyle Smith, Stephen Frears' fact-based new film, "Philomena," has become the most unlikely controversial movie o...

Champagne, the Golden Globe Awards and Idiot Shenanigans

Tony Potts | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

During my 20-plus years on TV, I've witnessed my fair share of industry shenanigans. But the movie ads touting Golden Globe Awards winners, even though the winners have yet to be handed out, fall under the "idiot shenanigan" category.

Finding a Lost Son

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The film takes artistic license, but the key details are true: Philomena, 50 years after her 3-year-old son Anthony was taken from her at the Sean Ross Abbey outside the Tipperary town of Roscrea, breaks down and tells her other children the long-kept secret about the older brother they never knew.

My Favorite Films of 2013

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."

5 Reasons to Hate-Watch the Golden Globes

Jeff Sorensen | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Sorensen

Naturally, some film and television is better than others, and some shouldn't be nominated but are, and others aren't nominated when they should. It's all insane, but let's talk about it because it's fun!

'The Hobbit' Desolates The Box Office

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 12.16.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Undaunted hobbits trumped princess power at the multiplex. Per studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros. "Hobbit: The Desolation of ...

On Philomena, Kyle Smith Misses the Point Entirely

Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan | Posted 02.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan

Much as we'd like to let our film, Philomena, speak for itself, Kyle Smith's heavy handed attack upon the lady whose story we told compels us to reply.

Philomena, A Story Structured to Perfection

Jen Grisanti | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Grisanti

I am always on a quest to understand how story can be structured in a way that makes us feel the content, the message and the pursuit in the strongest way possible. I found this in the brilliant story of Philamena.

Christopher Rosen

This Man Wrote One Of Your Favorite Film Scores

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Composer Alexandre Desplat may not have the same name recognition to mainstream audiences as Hans Zimmer, but his body of work speaks for itself. The ...

Popcorn Preview: Philomena

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Philomena (2013) Cast includes: Judi Dench (Skyfall), Steve Coogan (The Trip), Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Dark S...

Have We Forgotten How to Forgive?

Terry Newell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Terry Newell

In Philomena, Judi Dench plays a mother whose 1950s teenage pregnancy led her to an Irish convent where she gave birth and had to work for several yea...

Dench and Coogan in Philomena: Not Too Sappy, Not Too Harsh

Caryn James | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Caryn James

If you're going to tell a heart-warming story about a sweet, wronged little old lady, it helps -- even if she is played by Judi Dench -- to have a hard-nosed, mordantly witty, cynical journalist along to offset the sugar quotient. That is the brilliant strategy behind the warm, lovely Philomena.

Movie Review: Philomena

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Her name is Philomena Lee and, as played by Judi Dench in what should be an Oscar-nominated performance, she's a deceptively ordinary older woman with a mission.

MPAA Defends Ratings System: Parents Are Happy

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Under increasing pressure over its threshold for violence in PG-13 films, the Motion Picture Association of America defended its oft...

Hey, MPAA: Give Philomena a PG-13

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a charming and moving little film, starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It tells the true story of an Irish woman who, as a teen, became pregnant and was forced into the Magdalene Sisters' care.

Judi Dench Movie Fighting Ratings Controversy

Posted 10.18.2013 | Entertainment

The Weinstein Company is launching another campaign to fight a rating for one of its movies, this time centering on the forthcoming Judi Dench vehicle...

Firefighters In London Sure Love Judi Dench

AP | Posted 10.17.2013 | Entertainment

LONDON -- LONDON (AP) — Judi Dench has been serenaded by firefighters as she arrived for the London premiere of her latest film. Dench walked the r...

From the Hamptons, Six of the Best

Erica Abeel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Offering a blend of comedies, docs, bios and shorts, HIFF skims off the best from the major fests, from Cannes to Toronto, including high-profile films heading for the academy awards. Here from this year's fest are six of the best.

The Lost Children of the Toronto Film Festival

Erica Abeel | Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

At the Toronto Film Festival 2013 it's all about the biggies: studio blockbusters sit lined up like rockets on launching pads, positioned for awards season. Most prominent, perhaps, is Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.

'August: Osage County' Opens Big At TiIFF

Mike Ryan | Posted 11.10.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ryan

The Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family coping with the suicide of clan's patriarch translates well to the screen -- in the sense that I didn't feel like I was watching a recorded play. Though, it's certainly a performance film. So much scenery is chewed between Meryl Streep (as Violet, the bitter mother), Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch, that the title of this movie could have been called August: Bubble Yum. Yet, even with all of those heavy hitters on board, Dermot Mulroney somehow manages to steal every one of his scenes.

11 Movies With The Most To Gain At TIFF

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 09.05.2013 | Entertainment

Film critics and journalists have descended on Toronto for the 2013 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, where every Best Picture winne...

This Guy Really Wants The Pope To See His Movie

AP | COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 10.31.2013 | Entertainment

VENICE, Italy — Director Stephen Frears really wants Pope Francis to see his latest film, `'Philomena," the true story of a shamed Irish woman f...

Judi Dench's Next Oscar Nomination?

Posted 08.09.2013 | Entertainment

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