Mandela’s Message Didn’t Make It to Cuba
This week at the multiplex, weve got a financial fraudster (The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill); a timid daydreamer (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig); a pair of geriatric prizefighters (Grudge Match, starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro); a legendary warrior (47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada); a pop music sensation (the documentary Justin Biebers Believe); and a human rights hero (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris). Find out what the critics have to say on Rotten Tomatoes . The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese knows how to capture the vicarious allure of criminality better than just about any other filmmaker. Critics say hes in fine form with The Wolf of Wall Street, a slick, sleek, and surprisingly funny tale of financial fraud that features a riveting performance from Leonardo DiCaprio. The film follows the rise of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), the founder of a boiler room that sold worthless stocks to naive customers. Belforts ill-gotten gains finance a staggering level of conspicuous debauchery, but hes shrewd enough to stay one step ahead of the government for a while, anyway.
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By Mary Anastasia O’Grady Dec. 29, 2013 5:51 p.m. ET Did Barack Obama bow to Raul Castro when the two shook hands at a memorial for Nelson Mandela in South Africa earlier this month? It sure looked that way in a South African Broadcasting Corporation photo. On the other hand Castro is a diminutive dictator. That may explain what seemed to be presidential stooping to the level of the tropical totalitarian. Let’s hope so.
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Actor accepts Mandela responsibility
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Just walk into the room and go for it. Youll feel it. I plugged into the energy of Mandela and the way people respected him. Elba was unable to visit with Mandela because of health reasons. Sadly, he died before the films release. Elba says that he will never forget the man or playing him in the rousing crowd scenes. He says that vibe was palpable. You would hear the roar of the crowd of extras, and it just made your heart race. The energy of South African is just beyond words, Elba says.
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