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Review: For Ellen
Barely visible in a close-up behind the wheel of his car until the flame from his lighter illuminates his angular profile, floundering rocker Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) promptly spins into a snow bank. It's going to be that kind of trip.
A man/child gets a brief taste of adult responsibility
| September 21, 2012
Review: Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks is a frothy, thoughtful take on the Pygmalion/Living Doll genre.
A dream made flesh
| August 03, 2012
Interview: Zoe Kazan brings the write stuff to Ruby Sparks
Her parents are both Hollywood screenwriters, and her grandfather, Elia Kazan, was a legendary director, so it couldn't have been a surprise when Zoe Kazan chose a career in show business as opposed to, say, becoming an accountant or a park ranger.
In your dreams
| August 03, 2012
Review: Being Flynn
Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
THOMAS PAGE MCBEE
| March 09, 2012
Review: The Extra Man
Dandy dreamer Louis Ives (Paul Dano) fancies himself a hero in the F. Scott Fitzgerald mold. He's Nick Carraway to this film's Gatsby, Henry Harrison (a fine Kevin Kline), who proclaims himself "to the right of the pope" in matters of sex.
Adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novel may leave you bored to death
| August 13, 2010
Review: The Good Heart
Lucas (Paul Dano), an angel-faced homeless man who sings a lullaby to a stray kitten, might be too kind-hearted to live. Jacques (Brian Cox), an apoplectic prick who owns a Bowery bar, is too mean to die.
Misanthropy and meticulous espresso brewing
| May 14, 2010
Rocky Mountain low
Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
| February 12, 2010
Review: Where the Wild Things Are
I can’t speak for the kids, but I would rate Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s 40-page children’s picture book up there with Up and Wall•E as topping the recent renaissance in children’s movies. If pressed, I’d rank it cl
Jonze, Eggers, and Sendak aren’t kidding around
| October 16, 2009
Of the recent spate of young-man-finding-himself movies, Adventureland may be the most fun, but Gigantic sticks to the ribs.
Paul Dano gains stature
| April 24, 2009
To love Paul Thomas Anderson is to love his endings.
Daniel Day-Lewis gushes in Paul Thomas Anderson’s punch-drunk epic
| January 04, 2008
The last thing people are looking for when they go to the movies is a reminder of the political crapola they are trying to escape.
2008 releases offer campaign reform
| December 28, 2007
Little Miss Sunshine
Like little kids spouting dirty words in certain comedies, this film from first-time directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris undermines the subversive with the self-conscious. Watch the trailer for Little Miss Sunshine (QuickTime)
| February 17, 2007
When things go bad, they go Biblically bad. Watch the trailer for The King (QuickTime)
Near-horror film about Elvis's lost years
| June 14, 2006
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