| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:00 PM
TORONTO--When director Denis Villeneuve first approached Jake Gyllenhaal to star as a detective in his new dramatic thriller, "Prisoners," the actor was skeptical. The movie contained plenty of genre elements — heinous crime, creepy suspect —...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 2:16 PM
"What's the deal with all these movies," one academy member asked me over the weekend. "All of a sudden, there are just so many of them, and they're all supposed to be really, really good."
You could almost forgive his astonishment, awakening as he...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Stage and screen credits abound in Zoe Kazan's family — her parents are the screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord and her grandfather is the pioneering director Elia Kazan ("A Streetcar Named Desire"). But the 30-year-old actress and...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 10:51 AM
A big image shift for Hugh Jackman is a highlight of this intense melodrama. After his young daughter and a friend vanish, a likely suspect (Paul Dano) is released from police custody for lack of evidence ... prompting the desperate dad to conduct his own...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:45 AM
With her elaborate makeup and creepy mien, Melissa Leo plays one of several memorable characters in "Prisoners," Denis Villeneuve's child-snatching thriller that became a hit when it was released in September.
But Leo wasn't so sure we should see her in...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 8:44 AM
Time travel gets clever twists in writer-director Rian Johnson's ("Brick") enjoyable fantasy-adventure, as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the younger and older incarnations of the same futuristic character, a professional killer. His older...
| Jul 23, 2012
Some have asked Zoe Kazan why “Ruby Sparks,” a comedy/drama about a male author who considers if and how to change a character he writes and then comes to life as his real girlfriend, doesn’t feature a female writer controlling a man....