Laurence Fishburne

50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our… Read More

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10 Great New-to-Netflix Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

Another holiday weekend is upon us, with the Fourth of July luckily placed on a Friday for your three-day convenience. So you know what that means: lots of time on the couch, doing fuck all. But you know if you flip around on your overpriced cable box, you’re just gonna wind up on some Law & Order or Real Housewives marathon, and who’s got that many brain cells to kill? Instead, we point you in the direction of the best recent additions to Netflix’s streaming library — about 20 hours of great filmmaking to consume, which means you’re on your own for the other two days. (Click on the title link to watch them right now.) … Read More

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The Best Life Advice From Movie Dads

Father’s Day is coming right up, and you know what that means: time to make a run to your favorite tie shop, or cigar store, or butcher. But why not put forth a little more effort for dear old dad this year, eh? After all, fathers are an endless source of vital life advice — at least, according to the movies. So, in the continuing spirit of gleaning tips for living from cinematic parents, we present some of the best advice from movie dads: … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Premiere Recap: “Kaiseki”

As the very first scene of its second season tells us, Hannibal is a somewhat unusual show in that the audience knows exactly how it ends. Over at Slate, Mark Peters made a similar observation, arguing that because Bryan Fuller’s beautiful, engrossing show doesn’t need to ratchet up suspense about where the plot is headed, we have breathing room along the way to soak in Hannibal and Will and their relationship’s unraveling. It’s like True Detective in that way: a character study wrapped in a loosely structured police procedural. … Read More

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