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article image'Foxcatcher,' starring Channing Tatum, is a mesmerizing film Special

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 20, 2014 in Entertainment
"Foxcatcher," starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell, was released to theaters on November 14 in the United States, and it is a superb psychological thriller.
It is based on the true story of world champion wrestler, Mark Schultz (played by Tatum) and the schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont, who subsequently killed Schultz's brother, fellow Olympic champion Dave Schultz, in 1996. It features a cameo from the iconic actress Vanessa Redgrave as du Pont's mother.
Director Bennett Miller  Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum on the set of  Foxcatcher
Director Bennett Miller, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum on the set of 'Foxcatcher'
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While this film may have been challenging for all actors involved due to the physical transformations that they had to undergo, their hard work should pay off during this award season, especially since it is in the running for Golden Globes and Screen Actor's Guild awards, and hopefully Oscars in the near future.
The audience members will leave the theater drenched in a wide range of raw emotions thanks to this powerful motion picture from the riveting performances of the all-star cast.
Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz
Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz
Tim Tidball
To check out Digital Journal's interview with Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz (whom the film was based on), click here.
The Verdict
Overall, all three actors (Tatum, Ruffalo and Carell) give transformative performances in the film, and they all deserved to be nominated for Academy Awards, to the very least, especially with Tatum and Carell in the lead categories, and Ruffalo in the supporting actor category. Director Bennett Miller is also worthy of an Oscar nod for "Best Director." Miller was named "Best Director" at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Foxcatcher garners 4.5 out of 5 stars, and the book, co-written by Mark Schultz, is equally noteworthy and superb.
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