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James Mangold


Monday, May 3 2010

2010 Summer Movie Preview - June

After May's gangbusters' start, June settles down with The A-Team, Toy Story 3, and more Twilight.

Tuesday, January 8 2008

Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.


Monday, July 29 2013

'The Wolverine': Not So X-Men

The movie develops Logan as a complex individual, rather than just using him as to provide still more X-Men backstory and empty action.

Tuesday, September 25 2012

The Gamblopolis that Is 'Vegas'

Vegas, like Mad Men before it, seems designed to be a deliberate escape from the complexities of the present.

Saturday, April 14 2012

'NYC 22': In Harlem, a Bit of Edgy Topicality

NYC 22 offers good acting from the ensemble cast, generous location shooting, and a quirkily realized context, and also some familiar cop show plotting.

Tuesday, April 10 2012

'Kate & Leopold - The Director's Cut': Alas, Time Is Not on Their Side

Now, women don’t have to settle for love or a career. They can have both, and the best of today’s rom-coms demonstrate this. Trouble is, this isn't the best of today's rom-coms.

Monday, November 14 2011

'Cop Land' Is Captivating Journey of Self-Realization and Corruption

Sylvester Stallone doesn't do dramas often. Cop Land proves that may be his biggest mistake.


Friday, July 26 2013

Turning Half Japanese: 'The Wolverine'

The Wolverine is a waste of time from the first shot to the rushed, slipshod finale. It feels forced, sledgehammering you with how deep and important it thinks it is while never really explaining how, or why.

Wednesday, June 23 2010

Solid Star Power Makes 'Knight and Day' a Delight

Together, Cruise and Diaz form an almost irresistible combination that saves some rather sloppy plotting.


Friday, September 7 2007

The talents behind '3:10 to Yuma' hope the Western will ride again

SAN FRANCISCO -- Meanwhile, back at the hotel ... After a photo shoot staged at Marin County, Calif., horse stables, James Mangold and Peter Fonda are

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