Cary Elwes on Acting, As You Wish, and Andre the Giant's Awesome Hugs

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Cary Elwes brings As You Wish to the Valley on December 2.

I was elated when I found out that actor Cary Elwes had written a book about The Princess Bride. "Great," I thought, "Now he's not just my first love, not just the star of my favorite movie of all time, now he's gotta go and be a goddamn writer, too."

You can imagine that I just about peed my pants when I was asked to interview Elwes about his upcoming Changing Hands Bookstore signing of his book, As You Wish.

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Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

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Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay

Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving onto a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp, and finishing with a recommendation for Happy Valley, a documentary on the fallout after the Penn State scandal. Be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).


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Hunger Games Movie Marathons Hit Metro Phoenix This Week

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(From left to right) Commander Paylor (Patina Miller), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and Pollux (Elden Henson) in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, which can be seen in theaters around the Valley on November 20.
All right, all you Tributes and Panemaniacs, we know you're freaking out right now. You have a right to be. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I is coming to theaters Friday, November 21, and it is a big deal. But in all this excitement, don't forget to make plans to actually go see it.

A couple Valley theaters have your back and are offering more than just a few midnight showings on Thursday, November 20, the night before the new movie is released nationwide. If you want to commit your entire day to Katniss, Peeta, and Gale's efforts to take down the Capitol, several Harkins and AMC locations are hosting Hunger Games marathons. You can start back at the beginning to volunteer with Katniss in The Hunger Games, get caught up in the evil, yet genius construction of the Quarter Quell in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I before the rest of the country.


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It's Our All Daily Show Week with Foxcatcher and Rosewater

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It's a special The Daily Show edition of the Voice Film Club podcast, as we talk about Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher (starring Steve Carell) and move onto Rosewater, the movie Jon Stewart left The Daily Show for three months in 2013 to direct. Both are in theaters starting November 14.


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Interstellar Is Grand But It Doesn't Connect (PODCAST)

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Interstellar goes big.

Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar is a big, ambitious picture but it didn't connect with our critics. We discuss the film at the top of this week's podcast before moving onto a few other notable films on screens large and small this week.


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5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix in November

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You think Matthew McConaughey is spaced out now? Just wait 'til you see this Christopher Nolan movie.
Happy November, movie lovers. It's going to be a busy month for you full of intense dramas, artsy thrillers, and riveting documentaries. Don't get overwhelmed, though. Despite the rapidly approaching Oscar season rush of films, we have five movies that you can't miss this month -- including one for the McConaughnauts out there.


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John Wick Restores Our Faith in Violent Movies (PODCAST)

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Keanu Reeves in John Wick
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his paranoid thriller The Heart Machine (iTunes).

We also scoop out some time for John Wick, which helps restore our faith in violent movies, Horns, Nightcrawler (be sure to read our interview with Jake Gyllenhaal about the film), Citizenfour, Housebound, and Force Majeure.

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Birdman and Listen Up Philip Open Oscar Season (PODCAST)

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Michael Keaton and Edward Norton put up their dukes in Birdman.

It's awards season and the hyped movies are starting to land in theaters. On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we talk about Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip, and carve out some time to recommend Nothing Bad Can Happen and Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. All four of those films have received high praise and some have been hit with some pretty damning criticism, including the description that Iñárritu is a "pretentious fraud," leveled by film critic Scott Tobias of The Dissolve. Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, dive into what stirs critics use loaded words like those when reviewing a movie. Ahh, must be Oscar season.


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Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal's Who Is Dayani Cristal? to Screen in Phoenix

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Gael Garcia Bernal stars in Marc Silver's award-winning documentary about economic migration to the United States from Central America.

An average of 200 migrant men, women, and children are found dead each year in the stretch of Sonoran Desert known colloquially as "the Corridor of Death." The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office is faced with the somewhat daunting task of identifying these souls and reuniting them with their families.

Director Marc Silver, along with actor Gael Garcia Bernal, were intrigued by what stories these dead travelers could tell. "I remember seeing an image of a Border Patrol agent holding a skull in a vast empty landscape," Silver says in the press materials for the film. "I thought that following the investigation into an unidentified person would be a fascinating and poetic way of exploring this vital global issue. I literally asked myself, 'What can a skull in an empty desert tell you about the world?'"

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10 True Crimes Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story Should Feature

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We're thinking murder castle with a torture dungeon would make an interesting season.
We can't wait to see what American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy does with his new project American Crime Story. The first season is set to cover the O.J. Simpson case in 10 episodes next year on FX, and it's rumored that the show will explore the crime from the point of view of Simpson's lawyers. Though the show's first season is already spoken for, we have a few ideas as to what true crimes Murphy should include in future seasons of the program.


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