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The Pot at the End of the Rainbow: Ben Mendelsohn bets large in Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind‘s two protagonists are Gerry (recently resurgent Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn), a hopeless addict, and Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a charismatic stranger who saunters into Gerry’s poker game and comes to seem like the personification of good luck. Read more »

No new thing under the sun: Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty introduces its protagonist, aging journalist Jep Gambardella, right in the thick of things. After an airy, operatic overture Sorrentino immerses the audience in a busy rooftop party in Rome. A four-to-the-floor beat takes over the soundtrack, setting the rhythm for a series … Read more »