Articles tagged jake gyllenhaal

You Can’t Know the Answer in ‘Enemy’

Director Denis Villeneuve's most successful film to date is a baffling mood piece, a puzzle designed with no solution.

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14 Mar 2011 // 5:00 AM

SXSW Film Festival Day 1: Funny Texans and Duncan Jones

Austin's SXSW Film Festival has the premiere of Duncan Jones's new film Source Code.

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Hungry Heart: Maggie Gyllenhaal

The most-recently Oscar-nominated Gyllenhaal talks about why Jeff Bridges is sexy at 60, the dangers of falling for the wrong person and why Sissy Spacek rules.

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10 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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Zodiac-The Director’s Cut

Even though Zodiac attempts to achieve a sort of documentary-like reality, there is an underlying surrealism, a poetic and nightmarish vibe that hangs over the whole film.

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9 Nov 2007 // 1:47 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 // 2:40 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 // 12:58 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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14 Aug 2007 // 10:00 PM

Zodiac

Bonds are fleetingly forged then broken, comradeship and honour are largely absent and, like the Zodiac himself, everyone emerges as a rather lost and damaged soul.

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3 Mar 2007 // 1:17 AM

‘Zodiac’ filmmaker David Fincher recalls wave of panic

The phrase “From the director of `Seven’” conjures up a certain expectation, especially when it’s plastered on the posters for “Zodiac,” a movie about

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2 Mar 2007 // 5:10 AM

David Fincher talks ‘Zodiac’

“So, which side are you on? ” asks director David Fincher, beginning the interview with a question. “Which side of what?” “The length of the movie.

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2 Mar 2007 // 3:30 AM

Zodiac (2007)

David Fincher's excellent new movie winds clues and pursuits into an intriguing, often witty mix of causes and effects. In so doing, it rejiggers the police procedural.

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The PopMatters ‘Short Ends & Leader’ Spring Film Preview

In order to separate the worthy from the worthless, PopMatters' "Short Ends & Leader" editor is highlighting 10 new films he's looking forward to this spring.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

While the movie's poetry is often stunning, the DVD docs are decidedly and disappointingly banal.

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17 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Proof (2005)

As John Madden says, the film's central issue is 'validation', in emotional and familial, as well as mathematical and metaphorical, frameworks.

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9 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

It's Alma's silence that makes Brokeback Mountain feel so serious. Her pain is neither exquisite nor elegiac. It is only hard.

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4 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead doesn't lose sight of this basic truth of war. More effective weapons only deepen its despair.

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16 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Proof (2005)

And yet, for all the potential nuance in this knotting, the film leaves the sisters caught up in a familiar conflict.

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Donnie Darko: Director’s Cut (2001)

The problem embodied by Donnie is at once mundane and painfully special, the dilemma of fate vs. free will, laced though with unanswered questions of identity and responsibility.

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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Even as it lays down a scary geopolitical scenario and a few partisan gauntlets, The Day After Tomorrow aims to please.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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