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To the excitement of movie fans, Robert Downey Jr. finally doffs his protective Iron Man suit and mega-successful Tony Stark character for his most vulnerable film role in years. As high-priced Chicago defense attorney Hank Palmer, Downey completely dominances the big-screen and courtroom in this emotionally charged legal drama. He flawlessly transitions this strong-willed, egotistical lawyer between bouts of anger, compassion, arrogance and humility.
Robert Downey Jr. and Fred Duvall star in “The Judge”.
Along with Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Iron Man 3” is one of the rare superhero threequels that doesn’t disappoint. While Jon Favreau remains an executive producer and co-star, he passes on the directorial duties to Shane Black of “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Black maintains all the action, humor, and character development that made Faverau’s first two films so enjoyable, while also incorporating his own unique signature.
On Feb. 24, millions of television sets across the globe tuned in to one of the most celebrated and glamorous celebrity spectacles of the modern era: The Oscars. Yet, within the aftermath of this 85th Oscar ceremony, it is important to note that all too often viewers are somehow missing the bigger picture. Within the Oscar experience, there is a plethora of trivial and somewhat meaningless aspects of the evening that many people choose to highlight. What designer clothing is Meryl Streep going to wear as she struts down the carpet? Did Robert Downey Jr. have something done to his nose? Did you hear about Jennifer Lawrence’s wardrobe malfunction? It is a melancholy truth that these topics are brought to the forefront of discussion.
“Marvel’s The Avengers” grossed a whopping $200.3 million domestically over the weekend, claiming the highest grossing weekend total in history, a record previously held by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” at $169.2 million.
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Photo courtesy of Warner Bros., Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr., star as Watson and Holmes in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes."
Courtesy of DreamWorks and Universal Pictures, Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx, left), a former musical prodigy turned homeless man, is discovered on the streets of downtown Los Angeles by newspaper columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.)
Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material. 106 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.
Courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures, From left to right, Brandon T. Jackson, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. play actors shooting a war movie who get caught up in a real battle in Stiller's latest action/comedy/satire "Tropic Thunder."
PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images and brief suggestive content. 114 min. Two and a half stars out of four.