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Review: Rourke Tears It Up In 'The Wrestler'

12/19/2008 9:22am EST
The Wrestler
It couldn't have had a more clich├ęd premise: A washed-up athlete struggles against the odds for one last shot at greatness. But Darren Aronofsky reinvents this well-worn genre with "The Wrestler," and allows Mickey Rourke to reinvent himself with disarming charisma and unexpected vulnerability.

Rourke gives the performance of his long and erratic career in a stripped-down film that's brutally honest yet funny, touching and ultimately even sweet. His puffy, twisted features suggest a life lived infamously, but if you look into his eyes, you can see glimmers of the young charmer full of ...

12 Upcoming Films To See Before Oscar Night

11/12/2008 9:52am EST
Revolutionary Road
This year's Oscar race isn't very deep with talent, and at this point there are probably only eight films with a legitimate shot at getting a nod for Best Picture. But those that have a chance at a nomination also have a great chance of winning.

One such film, "The Dark Knight", has already hit screens, but the rest of this group will premiere in the coming weeks as studios scramble to get their prestige pictures on the big screen before the year-end deadline.

Every year, film fans are tormented by the true snobs who catch all these possible nominees before the big awards show att...

Brad Pitt To Star In 'The Fighter'

9/21/2007 11:49am EDT
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is poised to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in "The Fighter," the Paramount Pictures drama about boxer Irish Mickey Ward and his unlikely path to become world lightweight champion.

Pitt is in discussions to play Dicky Eklund, Mickey's half-brother and a talented fighter who once went the distance with Sugar Ray Leonard in a title fight but then turned to crime and landed in prison. Then he turned his life around and helped his underperforming brother find the spark for a remarkable run that led to the world title.

Scott Silver is working on the latest draft of the script, a...