Gerardo Naranjo's gripping film about the Mexican drug war is Mexico's submission this year for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Critic John Powers says it deftly illuminates a society plagued with fear.
Angelina Jolie was just 16 when the war in Bosnia began, and she paid little heed to it at the time. But as her awareness of international issues grew, her attention was drawn back to the conflict. Now, that war is the subject of her debut film as a writer and director, In the Land of Blood and Honey.
In 1994, three teens were convicted of the murder of three boys in West Memphis, Ark. The trial drew national attention, due in part to the HBO documentary series Paradise Lost. The "West Memphis Three" appealed their convictions and were released from prison in August 2011.
The actress and singer's new film follows a small-town church that faces hard times with hallelujahs. Parton, the American icon who came from humble beginnings, says it's a story many people can relate to these days.
In the past year, actor Michael Fassbender has played a mutant villain in X-Men: First Class, psychoanalyst Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre and a sex addict in Shame. He discusses several of these roles, as well as his part in Inglourious Basterds.
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