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December 2, 2011

Critics Consensus: Shame is Certified Fresh

This week at the movies brings no new wide releases, but we've still got some strong limiteds, including Shame, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, and Takeshi Kitano's Outrage. What do the critics have to say? Critics say Shame is an intense, beautifully crafted portrait of a profoundly damaged soul, often painful but powerfully acted. Shame stars Michael Fassbender as a sex addict whose inner demons threaten to spiral out of control when his troubled younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment, bringing her resentments with her. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Shame isn't always easy to watch, but it's visually stunning and features terrific performances from its leads.More…

December 2, 2011

Which Major Movie Chain Refused to Screen Shame?

Hint: it rhymes with "Minemark."More…

December 1, 2011

Total Recall: NC-17 Movies

In order to help differentiate between high art and cheap thrills, the MPAA introduced the NC-17 in 1990, and although it hasn't done anything to improve the box office prospects of films receiving the rating, it has given an alternative to filmmakers who want to create challenging and/or provocative movies for grown-ups without dealing with the "rated X" stigma. With Steve McQueen's Shame heading for limited release this weekend (and already courting controversy), we decided now would be the perfect time to pay tribute to the NC-17. Get ready for plenty of skin, violence, and broken taboos -- and bring your ID, because it's time for an adults-only Total Recall!More…

November 29, 2011

Director Steve McQueen on Michael Fassbender's Shame

Acclaimed visual artist (and tough guy namesake) Steve McQueen made an astonishing feature film debut with 2008's uncompromising prison piece Hunger, a movie that also drew attention to a daring performance from its emerging star, Michael Fassbender. This week, the pair reunite for their second collaboration, Shame, in which Fassbender plays Brandon Sullivan, a New York yuppie trapped in an emotionally crippling labyrinth of sex addiction. The movie, which co-stars Carey Mulligan as Brandon's wayward sister Sissy, finds McQueen trading one form of incarceration for another -- and has placed Fassbender squarely in the acting race for Oscar prognosticators. We had the opportunity to chat with the ever-lively director in Los Angeles recently, where he shared some thoughts on the film.More…

November 28, 2011

An Interactive Map of Shame

Movieline traces the controversial film's steps with director Steve McQueen.More…

November 1, 2011

Is It Time for a New Adults-Only Film Rating?

Moviefone looks into the hubbub surrounding the NC-17 for "Shame."More…