Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Review: Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz's picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012
Short Take: Hysteria

Review: Hysteria

Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from "hysteria."
Tanya Wexler's enjoyable, fictionalized period piece
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012

Review: Nanny McPhee Returns

This second entry in the Nanny McPhee franchise told me nothing further about the stoic title caretaker.
What lies beneath the prostheses?
By TOM MEEK  |  August 27, 2010

Crossword: ''Battle of the Bands''

Who would win?
Who would win?
By MATT JONES  |  April 30, 2010

Heart keeps beating

Storytelling is largely about character, and writer Thomas Cobb came up with a doozy when he conceived Bad Blake.
Novelist (and RIC professor) Thomas Cobb recalls the origins of Bad Blake
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 29, 2010

Review: Crazy Heart

Every great actor has at least one washed-up, alcoholic, award-winning-country-singer role in him. For Jeff Bridges, it's "Bad" Blake, a former C&W legend now reduced to playing bowling alleys and dive bars in tiny towns in the Southwest.
Country discomfort: Jeff Bridges can't be beat
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010


Lite at the end of the tunnel?

If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 01, 2010

Darkness falls in the Dark Knight

“The night is darkest just before the dawn,” says District Attorney Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight .
Scars run deep in Christopher Nolan’s Götterdämmerung
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 16, 2008

Paris je t'aime

The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2007

Stranger than Fiction

What’s stranger than fiction? Some might say meta-fiction, the “avant-garde” genre that’s actually older than Don Quixote, in which a work of fiction self-consciously refers to its own artifice. Watch the trailer for Stranger than Fiction  (QuickTime
Submits to the temptations of clichés and bathos
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 10, 2006

Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006


Trust issues

You could call Bart Freundlich’s Manhattan romp about couples and relationships Men Behaving Badly 101 . Watch the trailer for Trust the Man (QuickTime)
Bart Freundlich on misbehaving men
By TOM MEEK  |  August 17, 2006

Off Center

The result is emotional pornography not unlike that produced by cable stations when they pump up the “human” angle of catastrophe for higher ratings. Watch the trailer for World Trade Center (QuickTime) Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone:
Oliver Stone’s trite take on 9/11
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 09, 2006

The Great New Wonderful

This film from Danny Leiner is set in Manhattan around September 11, 2002, and though its disparate cast of characters don’t overtly acknowledge the catastrophe of a year before, they don’t seem unaffected, either. Watch the trailer for The Great New
Subtle, witty confection from the director of Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 23, 2006

Apocalypse now and then

With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006