Does the chariot race sequence in Ben-Hur need dialogue?

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There are many problems with Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Ben-Hur, but one of the more emblematic ones, I think, is the way he insists on adding dialogue to the chariot race. Bekmambetov can’t rely on the thrill of movement alone: instead, he has to pump the soundtrack full of exposition and dull action-movie banter.

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Watch: Ten clips from The Purple Rose of Cairo

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“Heaven, I’m in Heaven…”

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Box office: Rogue One is now the #2 movie of 2016 in North America (but only the #9 movie worldwide — so far)

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Rogue One ruled the box office for a third straight week as 2016 came to an end.

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Watch: New clips and a featurette for Scorsese’s Silence

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Nearly three decades in the making, Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Silence is finally playing in a few American theatres, and it will expand to the rest of the continent over the next two weeks. To pique the interest of prospective moviegoers, Paramount has released a new featurette on Scorsese’s “passion” for the project, as well as a few clips.

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The top ten posts at FilmChat in 2016

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Happy New Year!

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Same Kind of Different as Me release date postponed again

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Just a quick update regarding the release of an upcoming “faith-based” film.

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