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September 30, 2011 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
IN "RESTLESS," a troubled loner crashes funerals in Edwardian mourning garb set off by a watch fob, an indie-rocker haircut and Converse sneakers. He is, in other words, instantly and completely loathsome, and though he is regularly denounced as a childish and selfish, I felt I needed more denunciation. This despite that Gus Van Sant's "Restless" gives you ample reason to feel sorry for the guy (Henry Hopper), whose sobby backstory gives us an understanding of his self-pity and memorials obsession.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2010 | By ROGER MOORE, The Orlando Sentinel
"Obviously," the actress Mia Wasikowska says, "I've been in the right place at the right time. Again and again. " That began before Tim Burton plucked her from obscurity as the Alice he wanted for his "Wonderland. " She did a no-budget Southern gothic drama, "That Evening Sun," with Hal Holbrook, that garnered her an Indie Spirit Award nomination for playing "poor white trash. " "Love Southern gothic, Southern accents," the native Australian says. "I can't wait for the chance to do another.
NEWS
March 11, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
'It's definitely an uncomfortable film," says Mia Wasikowska , who stars in the creepy psychological reverie Stoker - and whose character is both the source and the object of much of that discomfort. India Stoker has just turned 18 - on the day her father dies in a mysterious accident. She lives with her mother, a frosty and distant Nicole Kidman , in a beautiful house in the country. And then, at the funeral for her father, an uncle she never knew - Uncle Charlie, an effortlessly sinister Matthew Goode - appears.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2013
Directed by Chan-wook Park. With Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode. Distributed by Fox Searchlight. Running time: 1 hour, 52 mins. Parent's guide: R (violence, sexual violence, sex, profanity, adult themes). Playing at: Ritz East and Rave Motion Pictures/NJ.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | Reprinted from Wednesday's editions. By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
  Perhaps in 80 years they will be making beautifully crafted, beautifully acted movies - or iScreen optical implant apps - about hillbilly meth labs. I know, cooking methamphetamine isn't the same thing as distilling whiskey in woodsheds - it's unlikely the government is ever going to legalize the stuff. And there has been a great film set in that world, although it hardly romanticizes the people living in it: Winter's Bone , which turned Jennifer Lawrence into a star.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"STOKER" isn't a stinker, but it falls well short of the neo-Hitchcock extravaganza it aims to be. There is certainly no shortage of Hitch references - uncles named Charlie, portentously posed stuffed animals, sexual train metaphors, corpses in the basement. Atop the basement is the home of the bizarro Stoker family. Inside, a morbid teen (Mia Wasikowska) grieves floridly for her deceased father, clashes with her mother (Nicole Kidman) and keeps a suspicious eye on her creepy visiting uncle (Matthew Goode)
NEWS
March 4, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
TIM BURTON, Lewis Carroll, Johnny Depp, 3-D Imax - sounds like a party. A Mad Hatter's tea party, with beverages that make you small, cakes that make you big, and tasty images that will feed your head. And there is some nourishment to be had in "Alice," which at its best blends the director's sense of the macabre with Carroll's surreal whimsy. But as parties go, it's not the mindblower you probably hoped for - don't expect to wake up next to boxer Mike Tyson's pet tiger, wondering where the previous day went.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
THE VERDICT is in: Tom Hardy is officially Hollywood's go-to guy for hulking brutes who talk with their fists. He was the mixed martial arts goon in "Warrior" and the muzzled Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," and now - in "Lawless" - he plays the Spartan-tongued leader of a Virginia clan of mountain moonshiner men who repel an invasion of crooked gummint flatlanders. Hardy plays broad-shouldered Forrest Bondurant, a man who's survived so many threats to his life it's rumored he cannot be killed.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
YOU'D THINK a movie about a male impersonator who calls himself "Nobbs" would have more of a sense of humor. Alas, "Albert Nobbs," featuring Oscar-nominated Glenn Close as a 19th-century Irish woman pretending to be a male butler, is determined to be an earnest tragedy, pleading for tears that never come. So why the Oscar nomination? I suspect that part of the reason is that Close (also producer) worked doggedly and heroically for 30 years to bring this project to the screen - it's based on a stage play that she performed three decades ago and has been nurturing ever since.
NEWS
March 24, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Jane Eyre" is the lumbering Bronte-saurus of cinema, still un-extinct after 18 adaptations. That's not counting a couple of TV miniseries (the latest an '06 BBC job) that pulled the Charlotte Bronte story out of gothballs. And it's certainly not counting SCTV send-up "Jane Eyrehead," in which Andrea Martin's Jane is hilariously slow to wake up to strange noises coming from the upstairs room of her wealthy suitor/master. The SCTV interpretation speaks to the modern woman - these days, girls, you have a right to know what's in your boyfriend's attic.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2013
Directed by Chan-wook Park. With Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode. Distributed by Fox Searchlight. Running time: 1 hour, 52 mins. Parent's guide: R (violence, sexual violence, sex, profanity, adult themes). Playing at: Ritz East and Rave Motion Pictures/NJ.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"STOKER" isn't a stinker, but it falls well short of the neo-Hitchcock extravaganza it aims to be. There is certainly no shortage of Hitch references - uncles named Charlie, portentously posed stuffed animals, sexual train metaphors, corpses in the basement. Atop the basement is the home of the bizarro Stoker family. Inside, a morbid teen (Mia Wasikowska) grieves floridly for her deceased father, clashes with her mother (Nicole Kidman) and keeps a suspicious eye on her creepy visiting uncle (Matthew Goode)
NEWS
March 11, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
'It's definitely an uncomfortable film," says Mia Wasikowska , who stars in the creepy psychological reverie Stoker - and whose character is both the source and the object of much of that discomfort. India Stoker has just turned 18 - on the day her father dies in a mysterious accident. She lives with her mother, a frosty and distant Nicole Kidman , in a beautiful house in the country. And then, at the funeral for her father, an uncle she never knew - Uncle Charlie, an effortlessly sinister Matthew Goode - appears.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | Reprinted from Wednesday's editions. By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
  Perhaps in 80 years they will be making beautifully crafted, beautifully acted movies - or iScreen optical implant apps - about hillbilly meth labs. I know, cooking methamphetamine isn't the same thing as distilling whiskey in woodsheds - it's unlikely the government is ever going to legalize the stuff. And there has been a great film set in that world, although it hardly romanticizes the people living in it: Winter's Bone , which turned Jennifer Lawrence into a star.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
THE VERDICT is in: Tom Hardy is officially Hollywood's go-to guy for hulking brutes who talk with their fists. He was the mixed martial arts goon in "Warrior" and the muzzled Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," and now - in "Lawless" - he plays the Spartan-tongued leader of a Virginia clan of mountain moonshiner men who repel an invasion of crooked gummint flatlanders. Hardy plays broad-shouldered Forrest Bondurant, a man who's survived so many threats to his life it's rumored he cannot be killed.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
The first time Matt Bondurant saw Lawless , the Prohibition-era bootlegging film based on his book The Wettest County in the World , he found it difficult to watch. A scene would start, an actor would walk and talk - Tom Hardy , Shia LaBeouf , Jessica Chastain , Gary Oldman , Guy Pearce , Mia Wasikowska , it's quite a cast - and Bondurant would rack his brain to recall what he'd originally written. He'd be distracted by a line, or a moment, that was all new to him. "It was strange and surreal," Bondurant confesses.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
YOU'D THINK a movie about a male impersonator who calls himself "Nobbs" would have more of a sense of humor. Alas, "Albert Nobbs," featuring Oscar-nominated Glenn Close as a 19th-century Irish woman pretending to be a male butler, is determined to be an earnest tragedy, pleading for tears that never come. So why the Oscar nomination? I suspect that part of the reason is that Close (also producer) worked doggedly and heroically for 30 years to bring this project to the screen - it's based on a stage play that she performed three decades ago and has been nurturing ever since.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2012 | By Moira Macdonald, SEATTLE TIMES
Following a tradition established long ago, here is a list of year-end awards you won't see anywhere else: The Dubious Achievements - in movies, that is - of 2011. Best performance in a lost cause: Helen Mirren ( Arthur ), Patricia Clarkson ( One Day ), Jay Chou ( The Green Hornet ), Michelle Pfeiffer ( New Year's Eve ), John Krasinski ( Something Borrowed ), Isiah Whitlock Jr. ( Cedar Rapids ). Best performance by an animal: This year brought two genuine canine star turns, both by Jack Russell terriers, which could give any human actor a run for the money: Cosmo in Beginners, and Uggie in The Artist.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2011
THE DECEMBER release of "The Artist" is a fitting cap to 2011, a year to remind us that movies, like children, should be seen and not heard. Case in point: A couple of readers called to ask me, earlier in the year, if Takeshi Miike's samurai smackdown "13 Assassins" was dubbed in English. The technical answer is no - it was subtitled - but the essential answer is: What difference does it make? The movie is so visually succinct and powerful that words were beside the point; the subtitles were redundant.
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
It wasn't bad at all, 2011. I'm not talking about the battering Great Recession, not talking about the Occupiers, the terrorism, the wars, the crumbling infrastructures, the sense of dread moving like a storm above our heads. And I'm definitely not talking about the politicians. But a lot of movies this year did address these very issues, with artistry and intelligence, provocation and insight. Take a look at Take Shelter , Contagion , Melancholia, The Ides of March , Martha Marcy May Marlene , Everything Must Go (Will Ferrell does Ray Carver!
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