Articles tagged jennifer connelly

12 Jun 2009 // 6:00 AM

Real-life married couple Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly take on the origin of Charles Darwin and family in what looks to be a boring, only

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He’s Just Not That Into You

He’s Just Not That Into You is a standard chick flick, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing: it’s cute and comic and organized according to fixed, mostly ancient gender roles.

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Obama & More Critical Commentary on Cultural Imperialism in 2008’s ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

The Day the Earth Stood Still was rich in contemporary and relevant social criticism despite the regurgitating an apocalypse narrative and re-hashing Keanu Reeves as another prophetic savior.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

On its face, casting Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, that most thoughtful visitor from another planet, seems inspired. Or maybe just obvious.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 2

Day Two - A demanding Decalogue overflowing with everything: from fascinating international fare, misbegotten masterworks, some out of the blue bafflers, and that seminal show about “nothing”.

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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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9 Jun 2008 // 1:00 AM

Hulk: Revisited

In preparation for the franchise reboot starring Edward Norton, SE&L looks back at Ang Lee's 2003 version of the Big Green Meanie, a criminally marginalized movie that truly didn't deserve the critical or commercial drubbing it took at the time.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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25 Oct 2007 // 1:01 AM

Reservation Road

Men have a hard time with feelings. This appears to be the major revelation in Reservation Road, a melodrama in which men suffer loss, grief, and guilt.

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Future Shock: The Death of Serious Science Fiction

The serious Science Fiction film genre is dead or at least on cinematic life support. As the new millennial marches forward, and an omnipresent production paradigm that substitutes spectacle for smarts, futurist filmmaking is definitely gasping for breath.

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1 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Little Children (2006)

Director Todd Field's eye for the minutiae of the everyday is impeccable.

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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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8 Dec 2006 // 3:00 AM

Blood Diamond (2006)

The movie can't seem to get out of its own way, relying on melodramatic clichés to make complex political observations.

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6 Oct 2006 // 3:05 AM

Little Children (2006)

If Little Children is pedantic and sometimes smug in its judgments, it is also painful.

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Dark Water: Unrated Widescreen Edition (2005)

'I'm attracted by the unknown, by the unexplainable,' says director Walter Salles.

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8 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Dark Water (2005)

The more anxious Dahlia becomes, the more the dark, soppy, unruly apartment resembles her state of mind.

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8 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Mulholland Falls (1996)

Mulholland Falls resembles an episode of Law & Order with funny hats.

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1 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

Labyrinth (1986)

Sarah is the origin and end of the fiction, its cause and effect simultaneously.

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18 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Property is at the center of House of Sand and Fog.

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19 Jun 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Hulk (2003)

In Hulk, the comic books' critique of institutional authority and the way U.S. culture perceives and deals with difference is evacuated.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "She Takes Me"

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"The newest Between the Grooves series tackles Lowercase's Kill the Lights, a great marriage of slowcore and post-punk: raw, angry, sullen, and very much alive almost 20 years later.

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