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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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: Ruby Sparks

Ruby Sparks is a frothy, thoughtful take on the Pygmalion/Living Doll genre.
A dream made flesh
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  August 03, 2012
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 03, 2012
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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.
Father complex
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 09, 2012
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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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 13, 2010
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2010


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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
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 12, 2010
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 16, 2009
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Review: Gigantic

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
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 24, 2009
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Blood simple

To love Paul Thomas Anderson is to love his endings.
Daniel Day-Lewis gushes in Paul Thomas Anderson’s punch-drunk epic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 04, 2008
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Primary concerns

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2007


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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)
Super freaks
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2007
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The King

When things go bad, they go Biblically bad. Watch the trailer for The King  (QuickTime)
Near-horror film about Elvis's lost years
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 14, 2006