Rachel McAdams

The Most Underrated Film Performances of 2015

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As the movie-going year draws to a close, we’re seeing the customary flurry of year-end lists and awards — and, as usual, a lot of the same names on all of them. This isn’t an altogether bad or unexpected thing; consensus opinions often form because things are legitimately great, so you can’t blame the critics’ groups and awards bodies for all the kudos they’re bestowing upon the likes of Carol and Spotlight. But it’s also worth nothing some of the performers who did legitimately great work this year, yet aren’t, for whatever reason, part of the “awards conversation.” These are a few of our favorites.
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Tilda Swinton Will Be Benedict Cumberbatch’s Psychic Mentor, The Ancient One, in ‘Doctor Strange’

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“We’re so far in talks we’re not talking anymore. It’s done!” Tilda Swinton said in an interview with Screen Crush regarding negotiations for her to play The Ancient One in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. And yes, that means exactly what it sounds like: Tilda Swinton will play Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. Tilda Swinton will be near-immortal.  Tilda Swinton will roam the globe, collecting knowledge of its many secrets. Tilda Swinton will be able to levitate and perform astral projection. Given that the pop-cultural tendency is to assume that Swinton already is/does all of these things, it’s doubtful anyone will have to suspend their disbelief for a second come the release of Dr. Strange.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Beyond the Lights,’ ‘The Fisher King’

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We’ve seen some grim weeks for new releases in the half-year or so that this column has run, but never one quite like this — I mean, seriously, try to find a movie you’ve even heard of in this sad bunch. Luckily, the week’s not a total washout, thanks (as usual) to Netflix and Criterion; the former is debuting a gripping documentary, an earnest love story, and one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films, while the latter gives us a Terry Gilliam classic and a German antiwar film that you probably haven’t seen, but should.
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‘True Detective’ Remains Addictive in Season 2 — Just Don’t Compare It to Season 1

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It seems like there is an unspoken rule that before we consider the second season of True Detective, we have to reevaluate the first, a tour de force that caught everyone off guard, and that either stuck or blew the landing, depending on who you ask. The bleak buddy cop show brought forth a (sigh) McConaissance, united the Internet in some of our favorite TV-related activities — predicting, theorizing over, and arguing about how it would end, and then continuing that argument long after we knew how it did end — and eventually even crashed HBOGo. So it’s only natural that this second season is one of the most highly anticipated follow-ups in recent memory. This means, of course, that it is also nearly impossible to live up to the hype — but the show does try.
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