| Dec 15, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99
Available on VOD beginning Dec. 17
Part mystery-thriller, part brooding meditation on how evil spreads, Denis Villeneuve's film is a gorgeously shot, masterfully acted piece of pulp that takes itself a...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 1:15 PM
NEW YORK -- Walking out of the theater after the official U.S. debut for Steve McQueen’s slavery tour de force “12 Years a Slave” on Tuesday, a viewer could be heard adding skepticism to her admiration.
“I wanted to ask about why...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 11:30 AM
9 MILE POINT, La. — Director Steve McQueen was just a few yards from modern civilization — in this case, an air-conditioned sports utility vehicle that had brought him some 45 minutes from New Orleans — but as he looked around a...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:35 PM
When a director who never ever blinks takes on a horrific subject, a nightmare in broad daylight is the inevitable result. Welcome, if that is the right word, to the world of "12 Years a Slave."
Based on an 1853 memoir detailing the appalling...
| May 12, 2011
| 1:39 AM
***1/2 (out of four)
With no potential for greasy meals or “spot the license plate,” road trips aren’t particularly enjoyable in 1845 Oregon. Especially when Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood), who is guiding three families (including...
| Mar 8, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
I’m not faulting Paul Dano for being one of the less (to put it nicely) screen-friendly presences in Hollywood. I am faulting “Being Flynn” for shoving Denise (Olivia Thirlby, excellent), a cute and extremely...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 2:55 PM
Kanaka-Purandara, Utsav, Night's End and There Will Be Blood
Oct. 6-7, 10-11. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., (203) 432-0670, yale.edu/whc.
11 a.m. Oct. 8-9, Cinema City at the Palace, 235 Brainard Road, Hartford, (860) 549-0030,...
| Aug 28, 2012
You may lament missing “For A Good Time, Call” star Ari Graynor when she spent a few days in Chicago earlier this month. Until you learn that the 29-year-old Boston native, best known for playing drunken mess Caroline in “Nick and Norah&...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:50 AM
Also the film's writer, Zoe Kazan ("It's Complicated") cleverly designs fitting characters for herself and her real-life beau Paul Dano to play in this engaging comedy-fantasy.
After also working with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris on...
| Oct 18, 2012
** (out of four)
There may be a terrific short film living inside “For Ellen,” writer-director So Yong Kim's drama about rocker Joby Taylor's (Paul Dano) last-ditch effort to connect with his estranged 6-year-old daughter, Ellen (Shaylena...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 12:04 PM
A writer (Paul Dano) working in a homeless shelter has a very surprising reunion with his father (Robert De Niro), whose con-artist tendencies make him not the most reliable shoulder to lean on, in this comedy-drama from director and screenwriter Paul...