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Demanding More of ‘Words and Pictures’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Back in the early aughts, Clive Owen starred in a series of promotional online shorts created by BMW called The Hire, where he played a mysterious driver with no name enlisted by powerful people to tackle jobs that required a certain skill set, particularly behind the wheel, that only he had.  

The Boys Are Back (Review)

Clive Owen shines in affecting but flawed drama

0 Comments · Friday, October 16, 2009
Based on journalist Simon Carr's 2000 true-life memoir, this Oscar-bait drama from perpetually serious-minded director Scott Hicks finds Clive Owen back in brooding mode as the recently widowed dad of 6- and 15-year-old sons. The no-nonsense Owen somehow holds this thing together, his haggard face effectively expressing the pain and heartache of a guy scrambling to do right. Grade: B-.  

Head Games

Is 'Duplicity' too smart for its own good?

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
While it's my intention to not give away any crucial plot points about 'Duplicity' in this commentary, you might want to see it before reading. It's eminently worth the ticket price, too — a relentlessly smart thriller of a con-game movie, certainly the best Hollywood movie of the still-young new year. But is it too smart for its own good?  

Duplicity (Review)

Even Clive Owen and Julia Roberts can't overcome massive plot holes

0 Comments · Friday, March 20, 2009
Writer/director Tony Gilroy ('Michael Clayton') runs his ship aground with a smarty-pants crime romance set amid the world of corporate espionage. Stars Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti all look great on the big screen, but that hardly makes 'Duplicity' anything more than a barely watchable crime thriller. Grade: C-.  

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