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Rated PG-13 · 114 minutes · 2011

Action, Adventure, Historical drama
Director Kevin Macdonald got his start in documentaries, successfully parlaying the magnificent Touching the Void into a feature-directing stint with The Last King of Scotland. His State of Play was besieged with re-casting problems, so it’s not fair to critique him too harshly for that. But his latest, the embarrassing sword ’n’ sandals flick The Eagle, shows that Macdonald needs to stick to nonfiction for a while. Channing Tatum plays a G.I. Joe soldier of another era, a centurion who ventures to Scotland to reclaim not only his family’s honor, but also a golden eagle that serves as a symbol of Roman superiority. While admittedly polished, The Eagle isn’t inspiring or entertaining. There’s almost a payoff at the end, but only in that way that you feel better once you’re out of a traffic jam.
Official Site: focusfeatures.com/the_eagle
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Producer: Duncan Kenworthy, Tessa Ross, Miles Ketley and Charles Moore
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Denis O'Hare, Paul Ritter, Julian Jones, Douglas Henshall, James Hayes, Dakin Matthews, Pip Carter, Zsolt László and Aladár Laklóth

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The Coast Halifax The Eagle soldiers on This portrait of war is painted with body-paint and blood, and that's about it. by Matt Semansky 02/10/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Just Go With It, Justin Bieber Never Say Never, The Company Men, Rabbit Hole and more. 02/10/2011
Portland Mercury Follow That Bird With excellent source material, The Eagle should have been better. by Ned Lannamann 02/10/2011
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Creative Loafing Atlanta Hollywood Product: The Eagle Kevin Macdonald's poky period piece downplays battles for male bonding by Curt Holman 02/10/2011
East Bay Express Super Awesome! Cedar Rapids and The Eagle Insurance-agent conventioneers and Roman legionnaires on a rampage. by Kelly Vance 02/09/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Message in a bauble: The Eagle The Eagle plays as a simplistic adventure that wants to be taken seriously, but never has the guts to stake out a point of view. by Scott Renshaw 02/10/2011

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