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Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal Double Up for Head-Scratcher

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Director and writer Denis Villeneuve (the French-Canadian whose Incendies was a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee in 2011) arrived at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with a double feature (Enemy and Prisoners) infused with its own moody concoction pairing doubles within doubles...  

End of Watch

0 Comments · Thursday, September 20, 2012
End of Watch presents a case study of a pair of patrolmen: Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal), a former soldier who brings that rah-rah spirit to tackling crime in the streets, and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena), a tough-tender Hispanic man rooted in the everyday and a powerfully steadfast sense of honor.  

Love & Other Drugs (Review)

Anti-hero story suffers from out-of-place irony and artificial characters

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Drawn from the same murky well of Hollywood ethical ambiguity that gave us 'Thank You for Smoking' and last year's 'Up in the Air,' 'Love & Other Drugs' audaciously defines its slick anti-hero protagonist as beyond reproach. The filmmakers are clearly banking on the allure of nude sex scenes between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway to attract audiences, but the love story (and sex scenes) don't amount to much. Grade: C.  

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Review)

Bruckheimer's latest extravaganza is a middling diversion

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 2, 2010
You can be forgiven for momentarily thinking that the latest production from Disney's adaptation maestro Jerry Bruckheimer might have come from a theme-park ride or that it's based on the wild escapades of an explorer trying to lay his hands on a magical artifact. No, this time Bruckheimer has set his sights on bringing a video game to life, but the movie demands nothing at all. It simply plays out before your eyes. Grade: C.  

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