Articles tagged anthony mackie

Manning Up in ‘Pain & Gain’

The kidnappers are caught up in a mutual druggy, aspirational haze: when any one of them feels apprehensive, the nearest buddy encourages him to "get a pump", as they lose themselves in frenzy of bicep-curling and self-distraction.

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Summer of Same: July 2009

In a rare attempt at novelty, July jets along with only Harry Potter and the Ice Age crew sampling continuing series spoils. The rest provide unknown pleasures.

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23 Apr 2009 // 9:00 PM

Notorious

More fan companion piece than galvanizing cinema, this stands at a distance too respectful to get under anyone's skin.

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21 Apr 2009 // 5:00 AM

Why Biopics Just Don’t Work

It’s not a hard genre to mess up. There are so many pre and post production hazards to overcome that the moviemaking winds up

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Biggie Gives Us One More Chance

Biggie Smalls' mythology hasn't afforded him a dreamy endgame à la Tupac or Elvis. Nobody imagines Biggie pulling the ultimate Machiavellian coup by making the world believe he's dead while he's secretly chillin' in Jamaica.

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16 Jan 2009 // 6:52 AM

Q&A with ‘Notorious’ star Jamal Woolard

Before this month, Jamal Woolard was an obscure rapper going by the stage name of Gravy. And Gravy was best known for a 2006 shooting outside

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16 Jan 2009 // 2:44 AM

Notorious

Notorious looks back on the day when hip-hop was coming into its seeming own, when telling stories was a way to make order from chaos, as well as money and, as Biggie saw it, mo problems.

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14 Jan 2009 // 7:58 PM

Eagle Eye

This might pretend to criticize our increasing reliance on technology, but it’s really just the setting for a big dumb movie.

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2 Oct 2008 // 2:44 PM

The Movie Masochist: This movie thinks you’re dumb

The 1960s and 1970s were the heyday of political thrillers. In these movies the people who ran the U.S. government were every bit as

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28 Sep 2008 // 6:47 PM

IMAX makes this ‘Eagle’ Soar

Beware of Big Brother…blah, blah, blah. You can’t pick up a publication nowadays, or listen to any number of broadcast pundits, and not

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26 Sep 2008 // 1:00 AM

Eagle Eye

Where's Jamie Foxx when you need him?

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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11 Feb 2007 // 8:00 PM

Half Nelson (2006)

This is one of the best films of 2006.

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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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22 Dec 2006 // 2:20 AM

We Are Marshall (2006)

The film manages a complex range of feelings with a series of hackneyed characters, plot turns, and montages. Lots of montages.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Crossover (2006)

Two best friends since childhood must come of age and in the process, redefine their friendship and save one another's necks.

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11 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Half Nelson (2006)

Dan's take on history -- as concept and series of events -- has as much to do with his personal past as any ideological leanings. He sees history in motion, as ongoing questions.

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17 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Freedomland (2006)

The new Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore thriller is full of hauntings, institutional and personal.

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24 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

She Hate Me (2004)

As the last bill appears -- a three dollar 'bogus' bill featuring George W. Bush's face -- Spike Lee laughs. 'Hopefully, by the time you're seeing this DVD, he'll be out!'"

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17 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

With the peculiarly titled Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood elicits yet another remarkable performance from a young actor.

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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

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"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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