August 20, 2010
The Extra Man . Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. With Paul Dano, Kevin Kline, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly. R (sexual content). 1 hour, 48 mins. Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse. Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a pale question mark of a young man, has newly arrived in New York, seeking the life of a bookish gentleman. Right off the bat, he finds an unlikely role model: Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), an older fellow and would-be playwright who lives in a squalid apartment, cadges free meals while squiring elderly society matrons, and is given to such pronouncements as "My great opus was stolen by a Swiss hunchback!"
May 14, 2010 |
The tavern in which most of The Good Heart unfolds is a Bronx cheer in the face of the Boston TV show Cheers. Here, even if the proprietor knows your name, he doesn't care about your well-being. He's in the business of "destroying" his customers drink by drink, as he reminds his protege, a formerly homeless man he has taken in to help out and keep him company. Yet underneath all the booze and blather, Jacques the barkeep, played by Brian Cox, has a good heart. Perhaps not as good as that of young Lucas, played by Paul Dano.
January 16, 2015 |
WHEN YOU HEAR that a rapper needs to do community service, what do you do? If you're Natalie Didonato , you call him up and ask to help out. South Philly's Didonato, the newest cast member on VH1's "Mob Wives," recruited rapper Meek Mill to help out in her own charitable offerings. "We delivered 10 bikes to kids around the city and we did a weekly feed-the-homeless event," she said about working Mill. Didonato gets her "Mob" title from her cousin Frankie D'Alfonso , a/k/a Frankie Flowers, who was gunned down on a South Philly street corner in 1985.
August 25, 2012
2 Days in New York Julie Delpy stars in - and writes and directs - the sequel to her 2007 relationship comedy, 2 Days in Paris , this time with a new beau, played by Chris Rock, and a new city for the cultural and familial clashes to take place, and take off. Ridiculously charming. R Ruby Sparks Zoe Kazan is the title character, and the writer of this ingenious fantasy romance, about a young, successful novelist (Paul Dano) who taps out a few paragraphs about a dreamy girl on his typewriter, and then suddenly the dreamy girl appears in his house, his life.
December 20, 2015
Youth Two old friends, played by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, ponder life, love, and loss while they wander around a luxurious Swiss Alps spa. Paolo Sorrentino's follow-up to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty is symphonic and cinematic, full of melancholy and hushed magic. With Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, and Paul Dano. R Creed From Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, in collaboration with screenwriter Aaron Covington and with the generous, genuinely inspiring participation of Sylvester Stallone.
January 17, 2016
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. Game Change writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann cover the 2016 presidential race in this weekly show. 8 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy's great novel done by Lifetime, you say? It's not as bad as it sounds. Paul Dano ( Love and Mercy ) leads a cast that boils down the Russian saga to its most exciting bits (think romance, death) without the bothersome moralizing. 9 p.m. Monday on Lifetime. Baskets . Zach Galifianakis could have kept doing middling movie comedies ( The Campaign , anyone?