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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | March 2, 2007
There are two monsters looming over the Golden Gate in the tenaciously gripping Zodiac. The Zodiac killer slaughtered five people and critically injured two others in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late '60s and early '70s. He may have executed dozens more. Zodiac (Paramount) Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards. Directed by David Fincher. Rated R. Time 158 minutes.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
In the Netflix miniseries "House of Cards," Kate Mara plays a young reporter deeply involved in the world of Washington politics. But the 30-year-old performer says she has no particular interest in journalism or political life. She's just acting the part under the tutelage of screenwriter Beau Willimon and director David Fincher. "I'm not interested in politics or being a part of them," she said in a teleconference this week. "I definitely do my homework and make sure I know what's going on and am responsible enough to be able vote for people I respect and that kind of thing...
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By Chris Kaltenbach | May 5, 2009
Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Directed by David Fincher. Released by Criterion. $34.95 (Blu-ray $39.95) *** 1/2 (3 1/2 stars) dvds Cutting-edge film technology has rarely been put to better use than in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt as a man born old and growing ever-younger. Through methods that are exhaustingly broken-down in the DVD extras, makeup artists worked closely with computer wizards to, first, age Pitt several decades, and then to put his wizened face on a tiny body.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
Even as sets are being built in the Baltimore area for the $100 million Netflix remake of "House of Cards," a report out of Hollywood says producer-director David Fincher might not be on board. Fincher, who directed "The Social Network, and star Kevin Spacey are the big names driving the remake of a 1990 BBC production about scheming, back-stabbing and spinning in the halls of Parliament. The Netflix version sets the story in Washington and includes Robin Wright in its cast. Fincher is supposed to be directing the pilot.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | December 25, 2008
Brad Pitt runs Shakespeare's "seven ages of man" in reverse in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which ranks with the best films about youth (say, Hope and Glory) and mortality (say, The Dead). It starts in 1918, when Benjamin Button is born with an old face and dilapidated plumbing and wrinkled skin over an infant body, and ends in 2005, when his true love, Daisy (Cate Blanchett), completes the telling of his story. Every chapter in between brings with it a fresh air of discovery. And the movie's emotional completeness leaves you poised between sobbing and applauding - it comes from a full comprehension not just of one man's life, but of the intersection of many lives over the course of the 20th century.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1997
Don't go to "The Game" alone.The presence of a friend during this endlessly imaginative suspense thriller might be a comfort. It'll be an oxygen-like necessity when "The Game" ends and lends itself to the most enjoyable of movie pleasures, which is picking it apart. "How did they do that?" "How did they know he'd do that?" "Why did he do that?"Rich in paranoia intrigue, a lot of "The Game" won't stand up to such post-Game scrutiny. So what? "The Game" is riveting from its opening credits (a neat effect, with a background that resolves itself into puzzle pieces breaking apart)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
In the Netflix miniseries "House of Cards," Kate Mara plays a young reporter deeply involved in the world of Washington politics. But the 30-year-old performer says she has no particular interest in journalism or political life. She's just acting the part under the tutelage of screenwriter Beau Willimon and director David Fincher. "I'm not interested in politics or being a part of them," she said in a teleconference this week. "I definitely do my homework and make sure I know what's going on and am responsible enough to be able vote for people I respect and that kind of thing...
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2010
Between scenes on "The Social Network," which shot for three days last November at Johns Hopkins sites doubling for Harvard, Jesse Eisenberg sat on a folding chair at an empty folding table across from the Baltimore Museum of Art , dressed in a grey Gap hoodie, reading Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. " Although "Adventureland" and "Zombieland" had won him acclaim and a bit of fame, passers-by might have thought Eisenberg was a Hopkins undergraduate killing time on a slow Tuesday with a quality paperback.
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By Capsules by Michael Sragow unless noted | December 26, 2008
Capsules by Michael Sragow unless noted. Full reviews are at baltimoresun.com/movies. Bedtime Stories: * ( 1 STAR) If you look closely at Bedtime Stories, it is almost possible to see how the cast and crew were making up the movie as it went along. No one would notice this lack of direction if the movie were at least funny. Adam Sandler plays the latest in his long line of lovable losers. This one is Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman who longs for the day he will be in charge. Bronson discovers, when he must watch his niece and nephew for a week, that elements of his made-up bedtime stories come true the next day. He decides to use this gift to get the job he has wanted for many years.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | December 21, 2008
Eric Roth won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Forrest Gump. It would be cosmically appropriate as well as overwhelmingly deserved if he won another one a lucky 13 years later for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This movie turns everything on its head, including time, cliched notions of luck and destiny, and conventional notions of the art of adaptation. (Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, it opens nationwide on Christmas Day.) Benjamin Button takes little from the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story beyond its hook and its title.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2012
"House of Cards," a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher, will be filmed in Baltimore starting this spring, it was confirmed Thursday by Gov. Martin O'Malley. The production, which involves 13 one-hour episodes for television, comes from Media Rights Capital and  Netflix and is expected to launch the company known primarily for DVD distribution as a major creator of original dramatic programming. Netflix, which has more than 20 million subscribers, outbid such traditional producers of quality TV drama as HBO and AMC for the rights.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2010
Between scenes on "The Social Network," which shot for three days last November at Johns Hopkins sites doubling for Harvard, Jesse Eisenberg sat on a folding chair at an empty folding table across from the Baltimore Museum of Art , dressed in a grey Gap hoodie, reading Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. " Although "Adventureland" and "Zombieland" had won him acclaim and a bit of fame, passers-by might have thought Eisenberg was a Hopkins undergraduate killing time on a slow Tuesday with a quality paperback.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 3, 2009
David Fincher has made the kind of growth leaps from "The Panic Room" to "Zodiac" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" that Curtis Hanson made from "The River Wild" to "L.A. Confidential" and "Wonder Boys." When directors come of age, they don't just take on genres or literary adaptations: they explode or transform them. "Zodiac" was one of the most original and upsetting of real-life crime films, and "Button" was a one-of-a-kind masterpiece: a lyrical comedy- drama about aging and death that had more life than in it than any other movie last year.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | May 5, 2009
Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Directed by David Fincher. Released by Criterion. $34.95 (Blu-ray $39.95) *** 1/2 (3 1/2 stars) dvds Cutting-edge film technology has rarely been put to better use than in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt as a man born old and growing ever-younger. Through methods that are exhaustingly broken-down in the DVD extras, makeup artists worked closely with computer wizards to, first, age Pitt several decades, and then to put his wizened face on a tiny body.
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By Capsules by Michael Sragow unless noted | December 26, 2008
Capsules by Michael Sragow unless noted. Full reviews are at baltimoresun.com/movies. Bedtime Stories: * ( 1 STAR) If you look closely at Bedtime Stories, it is almost possible to see how the cast and crew were making up the movie as it went along. No one would notice this lack of direction if the movie were at least funny. Adam Sandler plays the latest in his long line of lovable losers. This one is Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman who longs for the day he will be in charge. Bronson discovers, when he must watch his niece and nephew for a week, that elements of his made-up bedtime stories come true the next day. He decides to use this gift to get the job he has wanted for many years.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | December 25, 2008
Brad Pitt runs Shakespeare's "seven ages of man" in reverse in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which ranks with the best films about youth (say, Hope and Glory) and mortality (say, The Dead). It starts in 1918, when Benjamin Button is born with an old face and dilapidated plumbing and wrinkled skin over an infant body, and ends in 2005, when his true love, Daisy (Cate Blanchett), completes the telling of his story. Every chapter in between brings with it a fresh air of discovery. And the movie's emotional completeness leaves you poised between sobbing and applauding - it comes from a full comprehension not just of one man's life, but of the intersection of many lives over the course of the 20th century.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 3, 2009
David Fincher has made the kind of growth leaps from "The Panic Room" to "Zodiac" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" that Curtis Hanson made from "The River Wild" to "L.A. Confidential" and "Wonder Boys." When directors come of age, they don't just take on genres or literary adaptations: they explode or transform them. "Zodiac" was one of the most original and upsetting of real-life crime films, and "Button" was a one-of-a-kind masterpiece: a lyrical comedy- drama about aging and death that had more life than in it than any other movie last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
Even as sets are being built in the Baltimore area for the $100 million Netflix remake of "House of Cards," a report out of Hollywood says producer-director David Fincher might not be on board. Fincher, who directed "The Social Network, and star Kevin Spacey are the big names driving the remake of a 1990 BBC production about scheming, back-stabbing and spinning in the halls of Parliament. The Netflix version sets the story in Washington and includes Robin Wright in its cast. Fincher is supposed to be directing the pilot.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | December 21, 2008
Eric Roth won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Forrest Gump. It would be cosmically appropriate as well as overwhelmingly deserved if he won another one a lucky 13 years later for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This movie turns everything on its head, including time, cliched notions of luck and destiny, and conventional notions of the art of adaptation. (Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, it opens nationwide on Christmas Day.) Benjamin Button takes little from the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story beyond its hook and its title.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | March 2, 2007
There are two monsters looming over the Golden Gate in the tenaciously gripping Zodiac. The Zodiac killer slaughtered five people and critically injured two others in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late '60s and early '70s. He may have executed dozens more. Zodiac (Paramount) Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards. Directed by David Fincher. Rated R. Time 158 minutes.
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