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Gabriele Muccino

Features

Thursday, September 11 2008

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.


Columns

Thursday, December 18 2008

Exquisite Agony

This holiday season, Mickey Rourke (in The Wrestler) and Will Smith (Seven Pounds) suffer for all us sinners.


Reviews

Thursday, December 6 2012

'Playing for Keeps': Get Me Out of Here

George is desperate, a point hammered home when, as he's recording a sportscasting demo, his concentration is broken by a phone call from a debt collector.


Thursday, December 18 2008

Seven Pounds

Equally afflicted by an old-school weepies affect and new-agey self-righteousness, Seven Pounds is by turns clumsy and overbearing.


Sunday, March 25 2007

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness is the male version of a "chick flick": aimed at wringing tears from even the most macho dude in the house.


Thursday, December 14 2006

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

As quick and resolute as Chris may be, he's still caught up in the fiction around him, The Pursuit of Happyness, which is not nearly so smart.


Blogs

Thursday, December 18 2008

Tearjerker Given a Post-Modern Make-Over in 'Pounds'

If there is one genre that's in desperate need of a post-modern make-over, it's the tearjerker. Comedy gets retrofitted every few years, while the action


News

Thursday, December 25 2008

Hollywood, race and the Age of Obama

Gook. Dragon lady. Swamp rats. These are but a few of the cringe-inducing racial epithets spewed by Clint Eastwood's Walt Kowalski in "Gran Torino," the


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