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The 33: EW review

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The remarkable real-life story of the Copiapó collapse–the Chilean mining disaster that trapped 33 men more than 2,000 feet underground for 69 days in 2010–is adapted for the screen, with rocky results. Director Patricia Riggen corrals a sprawling international cast (Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne) and captures the event itself with harrowing visual impact; you may never go down to your basement again without a headlamp and a 10-day food supply.

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Box office report: Spectre takes first again with $35 million

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Spectre and The Peanuts Movie spent their second weekends at the top of the charts once again, besting a trio of new wide releases. 

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Box office preview: Spectre to hold off The 33, Love The Coopers

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After a lackluster October at the box office, Spectre and The Peanuts Movie ushered in the holiday movie season last weekend, debuting to $70.4 million and $44.2 million respectively. Both are expected to hang on to their first and second-place spots this weekend, besting newcomers The 33 and Love The Coopers.

Here’s how this weekend’s top five at the box office might play out:

1. Spectre$32.4 million

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EW Fest: See the full Oscar contenders panel with directors of Room, Spotlight, more

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If early buzz is any indication, this year’s Academy Awards race might feature a slate of Oscar newcomers. Four of the most talked-about films come from directors who have never been nominated for Best Picture or Director.

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EW Fest directors panel: The challenges of making an Oscar contender (and the perks of helmets)

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All of the films featured in the first panel of EW Fest deal with difficult circumstances: Spotlight follows Boston Globe journalists as they report about sexual abuse in the Catholic church; Concussion charts the path of a forensic pathologist examining the brains of football players and challenging the National Football League in the process; Room tells the story of a mother and child held captive in a tiny shed.

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Lance Armstrong biopic The Program to close Austin Film Festival

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The Austin Film Festival announced Tuesday that Lance Armstrong biopic The Program will be its closing night film. Directed by Stephen Frears, The Program covers Armstrong’s “meteoric rise and fall” (from world-renowned Tour de France champion and prominent cancer activist to disgraced doper) and stars Ben Foster as the famed athlete alongside Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, and Jesse Plemons. The choice is remarkable considering that Armstrong was born in Plano, Texas, and spent his early life and career there. 

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33 featurette dives deep into the true story of the trapped Chilean miners

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It’s very likely that many watched news coverage about the 33 miners trapped thousands of feet underground in a Chilean mine, but as a new featurette for the Warner Bros. movie The 33 suggests, the reports didn’t tell the whole story.

“To understand this story, you have to understand what happened in the mine,” says star Antonio Banderas. 

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