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March 9, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Movie Critic
THE EARLY leader for the Worst Title of the Year award is surely "Salmon Fishing in Yemen. " The words seem designed to alienate as many viewers as possible, while pandering to the world's smallest subset of hobbyists. (Remember the bird-watching comedy "The Big Year?" Of course you don't.) There is another audience for the movie, of course, and it's anyone who finds Emily Blunt adorable, which is everyone. "Fishing" features Blunt in "Young Victoria" mode, in a decidedly old-fashioned romance that replaces modern-day vulgarity with the decorum of formal courtship.
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July 2, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
I wonder whether it's possible to make a bad John le Carré movie: Every one of the 15 films and miniseries based on his espionage thrillers is well worth watching. There are the masterpieces, including Martin Ritt's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and the BBC's 1979 miniseries, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy . But even the weakest films - the 1984 terrorism romance The Little Drummer Girl and the 1990 Cold War love story The Russia House - still outstrip most spy movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Directed by Don Cheadle. With Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. Running time: 1 hour, 40 mins. Parent's guide: R (profanity, violence, sex, nudity, adult themes). Playing at: Ritz Five.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2011
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Bill Maher; Nikki Reed; Drake performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Howie Mandel; Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi; Patrick Stump. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:35 a.m., 6ABC) - Dancing With the Stars castoff; Christina Perri. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:37 a.m., CBS3) Ewan McGregor; Jeff Cesario; Paula Poundstone.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2011
Beginners This charming journey through the tunnel of grief into the sunshine of connectedness stars Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and the cutest Jack Russell terrier imaginable as a father, son, and dog who lose partners and find love. R Midnight in Paris What's Owen Wilson doing in a Woody Allen movie? Ingratiating himself in this convivial fantasy about a hack writer who time-travels to Paris' Left Bank of the 1920s and is inspired by American and Spanish expatriates.
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July 26, 1996 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
If "Braveheart's" William Wallace had looked into the future, to the morally and spiritually blighted 1990s Edinburgh we see in "Trainspotting," he might have taken his giant broadsword and chopped off his own head. Though Wallace fought to make Scotland free for succeeding generations, he probably did not intend to bequeath his country to a generation of strung-out junkies who steal, lie, cheat, and swindle their own parents (and each other) to support an all-consuming heroin habit.
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October 24, 1997 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
We can no longer use the term "can't-miss" to describe the previously fertile collaboration of director Danny Boyle and actor Ewan McGregor. The two men, who teamed for the clever black comedy "Shallow Grave" and the widely praised heroin drama "Trainspotting," fail miserably with "A Life Less Ordinary," an attempt to recapture the daffy magic of the classic Hollywood screwball comedies of yesteryear. Their inspiration is "It Happened One Night" (right down to the famous hitchhiking scene)
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February 24, 1995 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
If you've ever wanted to see the people on MTV's "The Real World" go mad and attack each other with knives and power drills - and who hasn't? - then the darkly funny "Shallow Grave" is for you. This very black comedy begins with three grievously self-centered Glasgow professionals, all roommates in a spacious apartment, interviewing candidates to fill an empty fourth bedroom and help with the rent. The three of them - a sarcastic reporter (Ewan McGregor), a frosty physician (Kerry Fox)
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August 9, 1996 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Since entertainment industry superpowers have evidently designated Gwyneth Paltrow as the Next Big Thing, then it seems almost seditious to point out that if she is, you sure couldn't prove it by "Emma" This dull, confusing period version of Jane Austen's novel (the subject of a far livelier modern adaptation in "Clueless" ) gives Paltrow her first starring movie role, but little else to go on. This is no knock on Paltrow, who's already proven she's a good actress. She made a vivid impression in the eccentric "Flesh and Bone," playing a Midwestern grifter.
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July 2, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
I wonder whether it's possible to make a bad John le Carré movie: Every one of the 15 films and miniseries based on his espionage thrillers is well worth watching. There are the masterpieces, including Martin Ritt's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and the BBC's 1979 miniseries, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy . But even the weakest films - the 1984 terrorism romance The Little Drummer Girl and the 1990 Cold War love story The Russia House - still outstrip most spy movies.
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April 24, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Movie Critic
Embrace of the Serpent Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful black-and-white film, set in the forests of Colombia, follows two explorers from the West - German ethnographer Theodor Koch-Grunberg in 1909 and American biologist Richard Evans Schultes in 1940 - as each encounters a shaman, the last of his tribe, in the quest for a rare plant. One of this year's Academy Award nominees for best foreign-language film. No MPAA rating Miles Ahead Don Cheadle stars in, and directs, this impressionistic take on Miles Davis, zooming in on the years in the latter half of the '70s when the jazz trumpeter and composer went AWOL, ceasing to tour and pretty much stopping recording, too. Ewan McGregor is the hustling journalist determined to find out what's up. The movie tries hard to jettison the usual music biopic cliches and doesn't entirely succeed, but Cheadle is mesmerizing.
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April 16, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Directed by Don Cheadle. With Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. Running time: 1 hour, 40 mins. Parent's guide: R (profanity, violence, sex, nudity, adult themes). Playing at: Ritz Five.
NEWS
December 30, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Julia Roberts has a line in August: Osage County , the all-star adaptation of the Tracy Letts ' Pulitzer Prize winner, that sums up the cheery worldview on display in this dysfunctional family free-for-all. "Thank God we can't tell the future," Roberts' character, the oldest and seemingly most together of the three Weston sisters, sighs. "We'd never get out of bed. " "That was really the one line of mine that just knocks you out," Roberts says. "Because it's so true, and it's so heartbreaking.
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March 1, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
FEE FIE HO-HUM, you smell another medieval Game of Clones - an over-inflated fairy tale along the lines of "Snow White and the Huntsman" or "Red Riding Hood. " The new one is called "Jack the Giant Slayer," a 3-D spectacle almost as massively budgeted as "The Hobbit," and directed by Bryan Singer ("Superman," "X-Men") - credentials that establish expectations of another pointlessly supersize bedtime story. And the movie does suffer a bit from giganticism. But, in "Jack's" defense, it's about giants.
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December 21, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
'Fear takes us to so many different places," Naomi Watts says. "You can't really judge. One person's suffering is going to manifest itself differently than another's. " The Australian actress is mulling how different people react in the face of catastrophe. Some summon up untapped courage, generosity, selflessness. And then there's the guy in The Impossible , the film Watts stars in with Ewan McGregor - based on the real-life ordeal of a family that is literally swept away in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami - who won't lend out his cellphone.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2012 | By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers
The new DVD releases this week are mid-range in quality. New Year's Eve, Grade C: Veteran director Garry Marshall has dusted off the bland formula he used in Valentine's Day - multiple story lines played out by a gaggle of big stars - to make New Year's Eve. It's a different day, but Marshall makes the same mistakes. The film plods along because of lackluster directing, a banal script, and wooden acting. It's not only Katherine Fugate's uninspired script that makes this such a bland offering.
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April 23, 2012 | Howard Gensler
Bee Gees brother Robin Gibb has shaken off his night fever and is stayin' alive. According to the BBC, Gibb's doctor at the London Clinic, Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam, said the longtime pop star was conscious, lucid and talking with his loved ones. Gibb, who is amazingly only 62 considering the Bee Gees had hits in the 1960s, had been in a coma for 12 days. Dr. T. said that Gibb was tired but that "it is testament to [his] extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength that he has overcome quite incredible odds to get where he is now. " Gibb had been battling colon and liver cancer, which was thought to be in remission, when he got pneumonia because of his weakened immune system.
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March 19, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Ewan McGregor; David Mizejewski; comic Dana Gould. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Michelle Obama; Esperanza Spalding performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Jamie Lee Curtis; Armie Hammer; Robert Glasper Experiment. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Jessica Simpson; Gael Garcia Bernal.
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