Paul Giamatti. The instantly recognizable actor can prove to be a polarizing dude, no doubt about it. You could find him to be quite loveable--channeling Pekar and Adams--or you may find him to be downright blood boiling--spitting pinot and Pig Vomit. No matter how you find him, he's a champion of his craft, tackling comedy and drama with equal mastery. In Barney's Version, Giamatti (as the eponymous Barney Panofsky) has the opportunity to explore elements of both genres in one movie. Based on a novel of the same name by Mordecai Richler, Barney's Version recounts the life of a man--through his romantic, platonic and familial encounters--and details his hardships, ranging from heartbreak and betrayal to accusations of murder. Along the way, Barney represents the egomaniacal, passionate and brutally honest (emphasis on brutal) man that resides, at least for a short time, in all of us. Find out if youâll find Giamatti's Barney loveable or asinine when Barney's Version headlines Magnolia at the Modern this weekend with showtimes at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is located at 3200 Darnell St. Visit themodern.org.
Fri., Feb. 18, 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 19, 5 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m., 2011