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Articles tagged paul bettany

Monday, January 26 2009

Inkheart

The screenplay follows a listless episodic structure, in which one barely connected segment follows another without cumulatively charging the overarching story.


Friday, October 17 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

May's wailing wall appears repeatedly in Gina Prince-Blythewood's The Secret Life of Bees, each time an invitation to reflect, to remember what was and hope for what might be.


Sunday, October 12 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

What could have been a brave film turned out lukewarm, lost in its own self-importance, stripped of its feminist overtones and watered down for mass consumption.


Tuesday, September 9 2008

Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.


Sunday, November 12 2006

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

If religion, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, is the fashionable substitute for belief, then The Da Vinci Code, judging by author Dan Brown’s quasi religious following, has asserted itself as the fashionable substitute for religion


Friday, May 19 2006

The Da Vinci Code

In straining to make its spaces and secrets 'scary', Da Vinci literalizes thoughts and dreams, and abandons mystery and nuance.


Friday, February 10 2006

Firewall (2006)

Is there any role that Mary Lynn Rajskub can't make strange? I mean, delightfully and eloquently strange?"


Friday, September 17 2004

Wimbledon (2004)

Theirs is an altogether formulaic affair -- complete with wishing on comets, lolling by fountains, running from paparazzi.


Tuesday, August 3 2004

The Reckoning (2004)

The Reckoning raises significant questions concerning how news and history are shaped by those with the power to name them.


Dogville (2003) (Reviews) [15.Apr.04]
The Reckoning (2004) (Reviews) [11.Mar.04]
The Heart of Me (2002) (Reviews) [19.Jun.03]
Gangster No. 1 (2000) (Reviews) [12.Jul.02]
A Knight’s Tale (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
A Beautiful Mind (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
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