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Paul Giamatti's Wit is the Heart of Cold Souls

10 years ago by Anthony Kaufman
Sophie Barthes' clever metaphysical comedy Cold Souls has been dubbed "Being Paul Giamatti" more than once since its Sundance 2009 debut. But if comparisons to the films of Charlie Kaufman are inevitable, the similarities only go so far. Sure, Paul Giamatti plays "Paul Giamatti," another "real" actor unwittingly embroiled in...
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Beyond Roma: Here Are 4 Other New Netflix Films as Good as Anything in Theaters

11 months ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Hollywood now begrudgingly must honor a company committed to upending the business model of theatrical distribution, but it’s hard to gainsay Netflix’s strategy in this instance
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Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life Is the Best Reason This Year to Keep Your Netflix

1 year ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Its leads, feminist writer Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti), a one-time wunderkind of no-budget theatrical productions, find themselves desperate to conceive a child even as the doctors they pay (with borrowed money) thousands to speak frankly of the odds
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Win Win: Paul Giammatti Wrestles Again With Midlife.

9 years ago by Karina Longworth
Paul Giamatti continues contemporary cinema's longest pre-midlife crisis in Win Win as Mike, yet another schlubby fortysomething flummoxed by mundane personal problems. Mike is the coach of the county's worst high school wrestling team, and his failing small-town law practice has accrued a mountain of debt, which he's too chicken-shit...
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Preview: Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues

8 years ago by Kelly Dearmore
At the end of the 2005 movie Sideways, Paul Giamatti's character Miles decides to create a special event by drinking a bottle of high-dollar wine on a less than extraordinary day, instead of waiting for a cork-pop-worthy occasion to magically occur. Now, apply the same line of thinking to a...
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The Biggest Twist: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love M. Night Shyamalan

3 years ago by Bilge Ebiri
M. Night Shyamalan appears again to be having a moment. His last film, 2015’s grandparents-gone-wrong horror flick The Visit, proved a small hit with critics and audiences alike, and his latest, this week’s multiple-personality abduction thriller Split, seems poised to do likewise. And why not? Both films are effective chillers...
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What He Said

9 years ago by Merritt Martin
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...
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Luke Scott — and a Killer Ensemble — Make Morgan a Top-Tier Sci-Fi Thriller

3 years ago by April Wolfe
Nepotism is occasionally a positive, and not just for the direct beneficiary. Ridley Scott gave us Alien, with heroine Ripley and a memorable cast of ne’er-do-wells and villains with defined personalities. And now Scott’s son, Luke, who’s been shadowing his dad on his last few big-budget films, has delivered unto...
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San Andreas Cracks California, but Asks Us Only to Care for The Rock

5 years ago by Amy Nicholson
The San Andreas fault stretches 810 miles up the Pacific coast, roughly the length of a dozen Dwayne "The Rock" Johnsons lying end to end. When it rumbles, we'll need all 12 of him to spring into action — although, as Brad Peyton's San Andreas warns, that still won't be...
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Cusack Breaks Free (as a Beach Boy)

5 years ago by Amy Nicholson
When John Cusack was launching his career in the '80s, Brian Wilson had gone from rock star to living lore — a brilliant Bigfoot. “People would have Brian Wilson encounters,” says Cusack, who plays Wilson in the new biopic Love & Mercy. “In L.A., people would say, 'Oh, I was...

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