The Great Performances: 2004

Posted by · 6:35 pm · December 11th, 2009

In Alexander Payne’s “Sideways,” Paul Giamatti gave the best performance by an actor in 2004, so said the New York Film Critics Circle, and how right they were.  So why, why, why was the actor denied an Oscar nomination?  Granted, it was a strong year, but his work was at the top of that heap […]

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Release date for ‘Nothing But the Truth’

Posted by · 9:31 pm · October 2nd, 2008

Yari Film Group has locked in the release date of December 19th for Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth,” hoping to cash in on the awards season on the heels of mainly positive reaction at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  My thoughts are here. In my opinion, the film’s best chances at nominations are […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Nothing But the Truth” (***)

Posted by · 1:19 pm · September 8th, 2008

I gave a brief reaction to Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth” a few weeks ago, but I thought now would be a good time to fully explore what the film has to offer.  Debuting tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Truth” holds up on multiple viewings and, given the particulars of the narrative, […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Indies on the march

Posted by · 7:39 am · September 8th, 2008

Maybe mid-way through the Toronto Film Festival, two things are strikingly clear: Darren Aronofsky has the goods with “The Wrestler” and Danny Boyle’s streak of successful versatility at the helm continues with “Slumdog Millionaire.” Both films, which enjoy pre-Toronto success at Venice and Telluride respectfully, are also evidence that surprises will happen this time of […]

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‘Flash of Genius’ with Greg Kinnear

Posted by · 3:03 pm · August 26th, 2008

I keep forgetting to write something about “Flash of Genius,” the upcoming Universal release starring Greg Kinnear as the inventor who designed the intermittent windshield wiper, only to have Ford rip him off. It sounds like an interesting premise (based on a true story, by the way), if potentially trite on the big screen. However, […]

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Audiences to handle ‘Nothing But the Truth’ in Toronto

Posted by · 6:39 pm · August 18th, 2008

The final announcements for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival will land tomorrow morning, and one of the films that will be on the list is Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth.” The festival organizers have been hopeful that they could show the flick as a Gala and now they’ll be doing just that. ‘Truth’ […]

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