Articles tagged alan arkin

Off Balance Comedy Could Use Some ‘Cleaning’

It’s a part of life we generally don’t think about - mostly because it reminds us of our own morality, and because of

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23 Mar 2009 // 3:14 AM

Actress Emily Blunt: A star who’s about to be born

Despite indelible performances as Anne Hathaway’s tormentor in “The Devil Wears Prada” and as Tom Hanks’ seductress/underwear model in “Charlie Wilson’s War,”

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When this British actress chooses film roles, the accent is on America

Emily Blunt is British to the core, London-born, a veteran of the West End stage and many a BBC production. But in spite of break-out

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13 Mar 2009 // 5:02 AM

Sunshine Cleaning

Despite occasional nuances, we can see from a long way off where Sunshine Cleaning is headed.

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Our sob stories: Beyond ‘Marley’ — tear-jerking music, art, TV, plays and books

Sad sells. Let’s put it another way: Somewhere, Aristotle is chortling into the sleeve of his tunic. It was the Greek philosopher and literary

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24 Dec 2008 // 2:00 AM

Marley & Me

Granting Marley & Me's source in John Grogan's columns, the dog's service as metaphor in the movie is both obvious and uninspired.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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20 Jun 2008 // 5:40 AM

Get Smart

Get Smart makes rudimentary efforts to update, with passing references to terrorists, profiling, and inter-agency competition.

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19 Jun 2008 // 9:34 PM

‘Smart’ Sucks

By its very definition, something that’s “generic” is seen as “having no particularly distinctive quality or application”. This doesn’t make the object in

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So I Married an Axe Murderer (Deluxe Edition)

This has become more dated than either of the Wayne’s World movies, and is so seeped in ‘90s iconography it serves as a visual time capsule.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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9 Nov 2007 // 2:47 AM

Today’s foreign wars are Hollywood hell

This is not your grandfather’s war. This war is unpopular and controversial, seemingly endless. But that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from releasing a series

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25 Oct 2007 // 3:40 AM

Hollywood becomes an unlikely - but effective - teacher

A young woman goes to see “Blood Diamond” because she admires Leonardo DiCaprio. Later, she and her fiance stop by a jewelry store to pick

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19 Oct 2007 // 1:58 AM

Rendition

Rendition is worried about torture. Specifically, it's worried about Americans torturing other people while saying they're not.

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Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.

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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little Miss Sunshine is that rare comedic film that earns its laughs through textured characterizations and authentic, humanizing contradictions.

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26 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Even as Sheryl and Grandpa try to soothe little Olive, her father's "refuse to lose" credo creates a mountain of expectation.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Eros (2004)

Wong Kar-Wai's section follows Miss Hua (Gong Li in some of the most gorgeous dresses ever photographed), a sultry but also wistful Hong Kong call girl.

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18 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Big Trouble (1986)

Flimsy and frustrating, Big Trouble suggests that Cassavetes finally gave up on reality.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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