| Apr 24, 2014
| 6:39 AM
This weekend’s Surfers for Autism Beach Festival is South Florida at its most authentic and cliché-defying best, a free three-day gathering of music, food trucks and fellowship made special by moments of transcendent joy, watching children and young...
| 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...
| 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&...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 7:04 PM
In Nick Flynn’s new book, “The Reenactments,” the memoirist and poet delivers a meditation on the peculiar experience of watching his life story become a movie. Starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano, the Paul Weitz-...
| 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...
| 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....
| Jul 23, 2012
Yes, Paul Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan deliberately wrote certain things for him in “Ruby Sparks,” in which the real-life couple plays a couple. The movie is not about them, though.
“When I read scenes, it was like,...
| Jul 24, 2012
*** (out of four)
Plenty of fictional creations have sprung from imagination to reality in the minds of movie characters. Look at the computer-generated woman in “Weird Science.” Or, last month, the living teddy bear in “Ted.”...
| 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...