Articles tagged jennifer garner

‘Ghosts’ is Passable RomCom Fare

Remember when Matthew McConaughey was the next big thing? Around the release of A Time to Kill, when he was the “it” actor bound for

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past submits that Connor deserves to be saved by Jenny. But it never shows how or why she should bother with him.

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Summer of Same: May 2009

May's titles include the fourth films in two aging franchises, more Pixar perfection, and the reboot of a TV series from 40 years ago. And they say there are no new ideas.

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13 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

Juno

Teens have their precious catchphrases and secret languages, but they're nervous, fumbling creatures. They don’t come equipped with Chaucer-like witticisms, or razor-sharp retorts.

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17 Jan 2008 // 7:13 AM

‘Juno’ grows and grows

For a low-budget movie with no major names in its cast, “Juno” has become a force to be reckoned with. Last weekend the indie comedy

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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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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.

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20 Dec 2007 // 3:48 AM

Oh, baby! 2007 gave birth to a brood of pregnancy comedies

In “Juno,” the new, life-affirming teen pregnancy comedy, our spunky 16-year-old heroine is aghast to learn she’s been knocked up. “I was thinking I’

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10 Dec 2007 // 5:20 AM

Diablo Cody, from stripper to The Screenwriter

Diablo Cody’s Cinderella moment had arrived. Her film “Juno” was less than four hours from its Hollywood premiere. As the Centerpiece Gala presentation of

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5 Dec 2007 // 2:04 AM

Juno

A movie about a 16-year-old girl's unplanned pregnancy, Juno manages to avoid any significant emotional depths, despite its plainly complex subject.

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It Felt Fluid and Rhythmic: An Interview with Diablo Cody and Ellen Page

The story in Juno is unpredictable and touching. But Cody's dialogue is exceptional, a flurry of hip, witty words that snap and dissipate before you can accuse them of being too stylized.

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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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11 Oct 2007 // 3:27 AM

A new script for Hollywood war movies

Anti-war demonstrators storm the Pentagon in the movie “Across the Universe.” A career soldier protests the Iraq conflict in “In the Valley of Elah.” The

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Hollywood goes to war: Mainstream movies focus on Iraq, terrorism

Writer Matthew Michael Carnahan makes a living pounding out movie scripts, where flights of fantasy and retreats from reality are the daily stock in trade.

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28 Sep 2007 // 2:30 AM

The Kingdom

Boasting charismatic stars and a topical focus on terrorism, the film adds one more cagey detail -- a hint of moral challenge to its own thrills-and-chills violence.

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13 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

Catch and Release (2006)

That this film somehow managed to attract such an array of diverse talent, and was marketed as a feminine romantic comedy, will confound viewers to no end.

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26 Jan 2007 // 2:00 AM

Catch and Release (2006)

That this movie doesn’t find a way out of the morass of generic cliché and triviality isn't surprising, but it is disappointing.

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7 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Elektra (2005)

Even as she might look toward a future, however, Elektra is all about the past.

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14 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Elektra (2005)

Now starring in her own movie (following the generally dismal effort called Daredevil, in which she was, by the way, killed), Elektra is all rage, careening between hyper-organization (she arranges her bananas so they all point the same way) and finely honed, utterly scary violence.

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12 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Alias

Syd is back inside, mad and sad, insolent and exposed, a soap star with a body count.

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Smashing Pumpkins Rock for Revolution at Irvine Meadows

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"You know Corgan isn’t just going to play a greatest hits set and that’s to his credit, for a formidable catalog of deep cuts the Smashing Pumpkins have.

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