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By Chris Kaltenbach | May 8, 2009
State of Play**** ( 4 STARS) This labyrinthine political thriller, containing more than a few nods to All the President's Men, keeps audiences on the edge for only the best reasons: careful plotting, top-notch acting (from Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck and others), tight directing. Plus, the film sees journalists and journalism as worth saving. What's not to love? opening next Friday Angels & Demons: (Columbia Pictures) A Harvard professor must decode a series of clues to prevent an attack against the Catholic Church by the mysterious Illuminati.
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January 1, 2010
Next Friday Broken Embraces: (Sony Pictures Classics) A screenwriter analyzes the mysteries surrounding a car accident 14 years earlier that took his sight and killed the love of his life (Penelope Cruz).: Daybreakers : (Lionsgate) Humans have become an endangered species, hunted and forced into hiding after a mysterious plague transforms the majority of the world's population into vampires. With Ethan Hawke. Leap Year: (Universal Pictures) A woman follows her boyfriend to Ireland to ask him to marry her, but complications arise when she is stranded and must enlist the help of a surly Irishman.
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By Michael Sragow | June 26, 2009
Opening Wednesday Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: (20th Century Fox) The prehistoric gang has 3-D adventures with a new species: dinosaurs. Public Enemies: (Universal Pictures) Outlaw John Dillinger faces off with the top agent of the brand-new FBI. With Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Cheri : (Miramax) A man retreats into fantasy after he's forced to end an affair with an older woman. With Michelle Pfeiffer. Opening next Friday O'Horten: (Sony Pictures Classics) An engineer is forced to retire and give up his scheduled, structured life.
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By Michael Sragow | December 25, 2009
Precious . . (4 STARS) The biggest surprise of 2009 was this electrically compassionate look at an abused young woman (Gabourey Sidibe) and her escape from the control of a horrifying mother (Mo'Nique). These two create an extraordinary dance of simmering rebellion and sadistic manipulation. But the whole ensemble is aces, including Mariah Carrey as a responsible, no-nonsense social worker and Paula Patton as a dedicated teacher. Under Lee Daniels' direction, you can't look away for a nanosecond.
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By Michael Sragow | December 25, 2009
Precious . . (4 STARS) The biggest surprise of 2009 was this electrically compassionate look at an abused young woman (Gabourey Sidibe) and her escape from the control of a horrifying mother (Mo'Nique). These two create an extraordinary dance of simmering rebellion and sadistic manipulation. But the whole ensemble is aces, including Mariah Carrey as a responsible, no-nonsense social worker and Paula Patton as a dedicated teacher. Under Lee Daniels' direction, you can't look away for a nanosecond.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Sragow | December 25, 2009
Opening in two weeks Broken Embraces ( Sony Pictures Classics) Before he can move on with love, a blind writer must heal from a car accident 14 years earlier that took his wife and directing career. With Penelope Cruz Daybreakers (Lionsgate) Humans have become an endangered species, hunted and forced into hiding after a mysterious plague transforms the majority of the world's population into vampires. With Ethan Hawke. Leap Year (Universal Pictures)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2009
May 1 Battle for Terra : (Roadside Attractions) A peaceful alien planet is invaded by the last survivors of Earth. With the voices of Evan Rachel Wood and Brian Cox. Ghost of Girlfriends Past: (Warner Bros.) In a romantic comedy twist on A Christmas Carol, a smooth womanizer revisits his troubled love life through supernatural means. With Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Is Anybody There? : (BBC Films) A retired magician befriends a young boy who lives in a British nursing home.
FEATURES
January 1, 2010
Next Friday Broken Embraces: (Sony Pictures Classics) A screenwriter analyzes the mysteries surrounding a car accident 14 years earlier that took his sight and killed the love of his life (Penelope Cruz).: Daybreakers : (Lionsgate) Humans have become an endangered species, hunted and forced into hiding after a mysterious plague transforms the majority of the world's population into vampires. With Ethan Hawke. Leap Year: (Universal Pictures) A woman follows her boyfriend to Ireland to ask him to marry her, but complications arise when she is stranded and must enlist the help of a surly Irishman.
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August 31, 2007
BROTHERS SOLOMON -- (Screen Gems/Revolution Studios) Comedy about two brothers struggling to give their ailing father a grandchild. Starring Will Arnett. GOYA'S GHOSTS -- (IDP) Milos Forman directs Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman in a drama about painter Francisco Goya and a scandal involving his muse. MOLIERE -- (Sony Pictures Classics) Fictitious comedic speculation on the 17th-century playwright's inspiration. SHOOT 'EM-UP -- (New Line Cinema) Action-thriller starring Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci and Paul Giamatti.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Sragow | December 25, 2009
Opening in two weeks Broken Embraces ( Sony Pictures Classics) Before he can move on with love, a blind writer must heal from a car accident 14 years earlier that took his wife and directing career. With Penelope Cruz Daybreakers (Lionsgate) Humans have become an endangered species, hunted and forced into hiding after a mysterious plague transforms the majority of the world's population into vampires. With Ethan Hawke. Leap Year (Universal Pictures)
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow | June 26, 2009
Opening Wednesday Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: (20th Century Fox) The prehistoric gang has 3-D adventures with a new species: dinosaurs. Public Enemies: (Universal Pictures) Outlaw John Dillinger faces off with the top agent of the brand-new FBI. With Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Cheri : (Miramax) A man retreats into fantasy after he's forced to end an affair with an older woman. With Michelle Pfeiffer. Opening next Friday O'Horten: (Sony Pictures Classics) An engineer is forced to retire and give up his scheduled, structured life.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach | May 8, 2009
State of Play**** ( 4 STARS) This labyrinthine political thriller, containing more than a few nods to All the President's Men, keeps audiences on the edge for only the best reasons: careful plotting, top-notch acting (from Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck and others), tight directing. Plus, the film sees journalists and journalism as worth saving. What's not to love? opening next Friday Angels & Demons: (Columbia Pictures) A Harvard professor must decode a series of clues to prevent an attack against the Catholic Church by the mysterious Illuminati.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2009
May 1 Battle for Terra : (Roadside Attractions) A peaceful alien planet is invaded by the last survivors of Earth. With the voices of Evan Rachel Wood and Brian Cox. Ghost of Girlfriends Past: (Warner Bros.) In a romantic comedy twist on A Christmas Carol, a smooth womanizer revisits his troubled love life through supernatural means. With Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Is Anybody There? : (BBC Films) A retired magician befriends a young boy who lives in a British nursing home.
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