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By Matthew Gilbert and Matthew Gilbert,BOSTON GLOBE | December 19, 1995
It's 1994, and director Sydney Pollack is casting his big-budget remake of "Sabrina," the 1954 Audrey Hepburn classic. He's combing the Hollywood youth market for a --ing actor to play Harrison Ford's playboy younger brother. He needs charisma, he needs charm, he needs cheek. Tom Cruise, who starred in his box-office hit "The Firm," is booked and turns him down. John Kennedy Jr., a perfect match, can't act.How about Greg Kinnear?Surely the most unexpected casting event in recent history is the selection of TV's Kinnear to play the rakish David Larrabee, the William Holden character in Billy Wilder's original "Sabrina."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | May 14, 2009
It is inevitable that actor Greg Kinnear's name is going to come up in any discussion of actor-comedian Joel McHale. Both became widely known through the irreverent and popular E! entertainment channel TV show now known as The Soup. And both have moved beyond it. Kinnear used the show as a launching pad to become a film star. And McHale, who appears Saturday night in a comedy concert at Baltimore's Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as he continues his winning weekly performance with The Soup, is starting to break out on screens big and small as well.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | May 14, 2009
It is inevitable that actor Greg Kinnear's name is going to come up in any discussion of actor-comedian Joel McHale. Both became widely known through the irreverent and popular E! entertainment channel TV show now known as The Soup. And both have moved beyond it. Kinnear used the show as a launching pad to become a film star. And McHale, who appears Saturday night in a comedy concert at Baltimore's Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as he continues his winning weekly performance with The Soup, is starting to break out on screens big and small as well.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | February 17, 2009
Flash of Genius Starring Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham. Directed by Marc Abraham. Released by Universal, $29.98. *** dvds Flash of Genius is a lot of things, all of them admirable. It's a film about ingenuity and inspiration. It's a film about dreamers who refuse to quit and about righteous men who stubbornly insist on doing the right thing, regardless of the cost. It's a film about fathers trying to instill their sense of morality in their children and not giving up when that proves difficult or inconvenient.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 15, 1995
The lost treasure of American movies is charm. No one can define it, no one can capture it if it isn't there to be captured, but you either have it or you don't, and fewer and fewer American movies do. And as the largely charmless "Sabrina" plays out, it becomes clear that Greg Kinnear has it and Harrison Ford does not.For Ford, the news isn't necessary catastrophic. This stern gentleman has made and will continue to make a healthy living as a graceful action star; a convincing dramatic heavyweight; even, if the occasion demands, a clown.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 30, 2001
"Someone Like You" is a relationship comedy in which the only real relationship is the film's desperate courtship of the female audience. Based on Laura Zigman's novel "Animal Husbandry," this chick flick never should have made it out of the incubator. Zigman's book was joke-laden fiction in the Carrie Fisher tradition and centered on the hyperbolic theory that men, like male cows, are drawn only to females who are new to them. This "New Cow" theory could have been the basis of a slick adult cartoon or a "Sex in the City" episode.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 27, 2006
The only difference between The Matador and more conventional odd-couple movies is that one of the buddies stays married and writer-director Richard Shepard keeps his characters mostly out of their apartments and on the move. It hinges on a chance meeting at a Mexico City hotel bar between a hit man who is scraping psychic bottom (Pierce Brosnan) and a Denver businessman (Greg Kinnear) who's about to strike it rich or do the same. The slim story of their unlikely buddyhood resembles the cheesy whopper you might hear from a newfound friend in a saloon at roughly 3:30 a.m. "Just consider me the best cocktail party story you ever met," says Brosnan, and that just about sums everything up. The Matador (The Weinstein Co.)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic | August 25, 2006
One day in 1976, Vince Papale was just a schlub with a dream, a 30-year-old, out-of-work teacher who lived for his Philadelphia Eagles. Next thing he knew, he was playing for them. Invincible is a formula film that works, yet another in a series of against-the-odds, inspired-by-true-life sports stories that Disney has made a regular part of its release schedule in recent years. There's no substantial difference between it and every other triumph-over-adversity movie (Miracle, Remember the Titans, The Rookie)
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 11, 2006
Little Miss Sunshine gives the term "crowd-pleaser" an upgrade. This picture earns every laugh it gets with actual emotion. It's about the way families live now, sutured together from more than one marriage, struggling for stability when each member has vastly different needs. The acting, the direction and the writing bring it the warmth as well as the madness of a crazy quilt. Though the presence of master farceurs Steve Carell and Greg Kinnear makes audiences want to start laughing once the title appears, the movie provides a delicate balance between pathos and humor, then turns into a delicious, daring farce about the human comedy.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | August 22, 1997
On paper, infertility would seem a distasteful subject matter for light comedy. On screen, it only gets worse."A Smile Like Yours," featuring a terminally bland Greg Kinnear and a too precious Lauren Holly (both in "Sabrina"), is a massive miscalculation. The humor, straight out of a junior-high sex education class, is adolescent in its mockery of the truly embarrassing and painful procedures infertile couples endure. What could be funnier?Kinnear is Danny Robertson, the owner of a small construction company, and Holly is his wife, Jennifer, who sells perfumes as aroma-therapy.
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By Michael Sragow | October 10, 2008
Ghost Town: *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) Considering that everyone who's actually seen this combination of afterlife comedy-drama and romance comes out charmed and delighted, it's hard to figure why it hasn't become more of a word-of-mouth hit. For moviegoers who want a break from the sturm and drang of our contemporary public life, this blissfully adult tale of a misanthropic dentist (Ricky Gervais) who prevents the second marriage of a fetching widow (Tea Leoni) at the behest of her dead husband (Greg Kinnear)
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By Capsules by Michael Sragow | October 10, 2008
Capsules by Michael Sragow. Full reviews are at baltimoresun.com/movies. Flash of Genius : **** ( 4 STARS) The true-to-life story of how Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) invented the intermittent windshield wiper and then, in the courts, took on Ford Motor Co. for stealing his device. The whole movie is haunting and memorable, with flashes of high comedy. And it's exhilarating in an authentic, pathos-streaked way to see Kearns, through Kinnear's inspired characterization, represent himself during his trial.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 19, 2008
G host Town is like an antidote to those factory films that have come out over the past few years that are aimed at adolescent boys," says its star, Ricky Gervais, over the phone from Los Angeles. "They're all about boob jokes and smut, while this reminds me of something like It's a Wonderful Life or Groundhog Day, one of those lovely redemptive sort of things." Especially Groundhog Day. Because Ghost Town, directed by David Koepp, is a funny love story with an old-fashioned Technicolor glow.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic | August 25, 2006
One day in 1976, Vince Papale was just a schlub with a dream, a 30-year-old, out-of-work teacher who lived for his Philadelphia Eagles. Next thing he knew, he was playing for them. Invincible is a formula film that works, yet another in a series of against-the-odds, inspired-by-true-life sports stories that Disney has made a regular part of its release schedule in recent years. There's no substantial difference between it and every other triumph-over-adversity movie (Miracle, Remember the Titans, The Rookie)
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 11, 2006
Little Miss Sunshine gives the term "crowd-pleaser" an upgrade. This picture earns every laugh it gets with actual emotion. It's about the way families live now, sutured together from more than one marriage, struggling for stability when each member has vastly different needs. The acting, the direction and the writing bring it the warmth as well as the madness of a crazy quilt. Though the presence of master farceurs Steve Carell and Greg Kinnear makes audiences want to start laughing once the title appears, the movie provides a delicate balance between pathos and humor, then turns into a delicious, daring farce about the human comedy.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 27, 2006
The only difference between The Matador and more conventional odd-couple movies is that one of the buddies stays married and writer-director Richard Shepard keeps his characters mostly out of their apartments and on the move. It hinges on a chance meeting at a Mexico City hotel bar between a hit man who is scraping psychic bottom (Pierce Brosnan) and a Denver businessman (Greg Kinnear) who's about to strike it rich or do the same. The slim story of their unlikely buddyhood resembles the cheesy whopper you might hear from a newfound friend in a saloon at roughly 3:30 a.m. "Just consider me the best cocktail party story you ever met," says Brosnan, and that just about sums everything up. The Matador (The Weinstein Co.)
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1996
Dear God, or Dear Postal Workers, as the case may be: Could you please tell Hollywood there is no law that says comedies have to be stupid?Take "Dear God," for instance, which I'm sure you've seen, being in heaven and all. Let me sum up for the angelic secretary reading this letter, who probably never gets out to the theater: Greg Kinnear, lately of "Sabrina," plays Tom, a small-time grifter who's in deep to his loan shark and gets busted when he tries to...
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By Robert Dominguez and Robert Dominguez,New York Daily News | February 28, 1994
An article in yesterday's Sun about Greg Kinnear replacing Bob Costas as host of NBC's "Later" incorrectly listed the broadcast time of the show. "Later" appears on WMAR, Channel 2, beginning at 2:35 a.m.The Sun regrets the errors.Greg Kinnear can appreciate the irony. In a world where just about anyone gets to be the host of a talk show, the relatively unknown Mr. Kinnear -- who has built a career on skewering talk shows -- will soon be the host of his own.Currently Mr. Kinnear presides over "Talk Soup," the E!
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun | December 14, 2003
Hollywood had nothin' on Baltimore last weekend at the premiere of the new Farrelly Brothers comedy, Stuck on You. Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear and Wen Yann Shih mingled with a crowd of several hundred in a tent next to the Senator Theatre. And we do mean mingle. The gang was totally low-key, chatting with folks, signing autographs and posing for snapshots. Proving that B-more has it all over Tinsel Town -- very charming and and not smarmy. That fact was noted by the stars, according to Trish Fallon, executive director of the Carson Scholars Fund, one of the two beneficiaries of the event.
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