OFF THE CARPET: Strong year for double-dippers

Posted by · 8:58 am · September 12th, 2011

We find ourselves right in the middle of the big Toronto press junket, er, film festival, where 200-plus films are landing, many of them as world premieres, and the landscape of this year’s Oscar race is really beginning to take shape. As I looked out at the various films in play this year, it suddenly […]

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‘Beginners’: Plummer’s late Oscar vehicle?

Posted by · 1:17 pm · June 9th, 2011

We may be almost halfway through the 2011 release schedule, and as usual, there’s been little in the theaters to trouble the Oscar-minded obsessives among us. That’s not to say the last six months have wanted for deserving work — in a perfect world, one where all good films are created equal, “Certified Copy” star […]

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Carrey kills in ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’

Posted by · 9:22 am · October 14th, 2010

I really can’t sing the praises of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “I Love You Phillip Morris” enough.  It’s a shame the elusive film, which has been sitting on a shelf waiting for a release for some time, has taken this long to see the light of day, because it’s a delightful romp with genuine […]

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SHORT TAKE: “The Men Who Stare at Goats” (***)

Posted by · 5:23 am · September 8th, 2009

Venice Film Festival A trim, lively comedy powered by a winning quartet of personality performances and an endearingly naff drive-time rock soundtrack, Grant Heslov’s helming debut “The Men Who Stare at Goats” doesn’t make too many demands of its audience. In return, we shouldn’t make too many demands of the film. Anyone looking for a […]

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Yes, but you didn’t actually WIN

Posted by · 5:31 pm · July 9th, 2009

There are several reasons I’m bothered by this one-sheet for gay rom-com “I Love You Phillip Morris,” which has built up a fair amount of goodwill from its appearances at Sundance and Cannes this year.

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LONDON: ‘Incendiary,’ ‘A Christmas Tale,’ ‘Blind Loves’

Posted by · 6:24 pm · October 21st, 2008

I’ve been swamped with screenings at the London Film Festival, so between watching the films, maintaining some semblance of a day job and occasionally remembering to sleep and eat, my review updates have got a bit behind track. Hopefully, I can make up some of the distance tomorrow, when I have a lighter screening schedule, […]

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Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor do the nasty

Posted by · 9:08 am · August 26th, 2008

The first still for “I Love You Phillip Morris” has been released, and it’s an enticing shot for the two or three people in the world who’d like to see these guys bumping uglies… But seriously, I do think it’s hilarious that this film was pitched as “‘Catch Me If You Can’ meets “Brokeback Mountain.’”  […]

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