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April 13, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Some people leap from frying pan into the fire. Fiona (Julie Christie) vaults from frying pan into freezer when she puts skillet into icebox, recognizing it as the onset of the Alzheimer's that will overwhelm her marriage of 44 years. A remarkable character study from actress-turned-director Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who like Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton, grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance. But it's also a particular challenge for the animated actress as she is the vital presence who withers before us. (If Christie doesn't get an Oscar nomination, there is no justice)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2002 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
An ill-suited match of director and material - Hollywood action auteur Kathryn Bigelow and the ghostly, flashbacking mystery novel by Anita Shreve - The Weight of Water shows glimmers of great drama, but jettisons too much essential cargo (character development, relationships, plot, common sense) in an effort to be lean and clean. Set in the present day, and reimagining the events around an 1873 murder of two women on an island off the New England coast, Weight of Water puts a smart photojournalist (Catherine McCormack)
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April 9, 1999 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Beneath its hipster facade, the clever caper comedy "Go" is really pretty square when it comes down to the moral of the story. "Go" has a complicated narrative, with multiple stories and characters, but its message goes something like this: Crime does not pay, and drugs will get you in trouble, but not as much trouble as couch dancing. "Go" goes in three directions from a single starting point: a supermarket cashier (Sarah Polley) makes a fateful decision to stand in for a friend (Desmond Askew)
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November 21, 2003 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The looming specter of death - among lovers, among family members, among children - has long been the stuff of weepy TV movies and overripe fiction. (Not to mention critics who get to write lines like "the looming specter of death. ") The knowledge of one's impending demise, and the pressure that knowledge puts on the individual and his or her loved ones, makes for speeded-up conflict and hothouse theatrics. The beautiful thing about My Life Without Me - an intriguing character study starring Sarah Polley - is that it will have none of that.
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May 31, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE STORIES told in Sarah Polley's family-secrets documentary "Stories We Tell" yield a trove of Too Much Information. Polley's the gifted actress-turned-director ("Away From Her") making the switch here to nonfiction, tracing her own lineage through the tangled relationships of a deceased mother she barely knew. Polley encourages relatives and friends to describe the late Diane Polley, a vivacious actress and casting agent, unhappily married (so we're told) to part-time stage actor Michael Polley.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2013
Before Midnight Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke return as Celine and Jesse, the young strangers on a heady Viennese walkabout in 1995's Before Sunrise, the couple sharing a rueful Paris reunion in 2004's Before Sunset . Now they are partners, with twin girls, on vacation in Greece, and facing the everyday realities of a relationship, trying to balance careers with filial responsibilities. It's talky, and exhilarating. R Shadow Dancer Andrea Riseborough gives a fierce, focused performance as a woman in 1990s Belfast who plants a bomb for her IRA cohorts, and then is urged to turn against them by an MI5 officer (Clive Owen)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Some people go from the frying pan into the fire. Fiona (Julie Christie) leaps from the frying pan into the icebox when she places the skillet in the freezer and recognizes it not as absentmindedness, but as the onset of Alzheimer's that will overwhelm her marriage of 44 years. An incisive character study from rookie filmmaker Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance. It is likewise a triumph for Polley, the Canadian actress of The Sweet Hereafter and Guinevere.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2001 | by Francesca Chapman Daily News Staff Writer
The scenery steals the show from the supermodels in "The Claim," an epic western that pits men and women against the elements and each other in the wintry Sierra Nevada. Forget the dusty landscape of the OK Corral: In director Michael Winterbottom's vision of Gold Rush California, the snow is waist-deep and the wind is howling. It's the foul weather that gets "The Claim's" story, based very loosely on Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge," rolling. Young prospector Daniel Dillon - one of thousands lured west by the great Gold Rush of 1849 - is so addled by the mountains' vicious winter that he trades away his wife and baby for a few pieces of gold.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This gory and gripping film is the horror version of MTV's Real World: Throw a bunch of strangers together in a neutral domestic situation and see how they get along. Of course, Dawn of the Dead is somewhat complicated by the fact that a throng of ferocious zombies is trying to bust down the door to devour our random band of roomies. The movie takes its title and premise from George Romero's 1978 cult classic. A mysterious, rapidly spreading plague has broken out, turning people into ravenous, cannibalistic zombies.
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June 24, 2013
Coming This Week By Steven Rea   The Heat A mismatched buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy trying out the 48 Hrs . formula, chasing down a Beantown drug lord. A sequel is already in the works. R 20 Feet from Stardom A rocking doc about the unsung singers standing just to the right and left of Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and other music superstars. Backup vocalists finally get their due. PG-13 White House Down Didn't we just see this 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue siege thing with Gerard Butler in Olympus Has Fallen ?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2013
Before Midnight Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke return as Celine and Jesse, the young strangers on a heady Viennese walkabout in 1995's Before Sunrise, the couple sharing a rueful Paris reunion in 2004's Before Sunset . Now they are partners, with twin girls, on vacation in Greece, and facing the everyday realities of a relationship, trying to balance careers with filial responsibilities. It's talky, and exhilarating. R Shadow Dancer Andrea Riseborough gives a fierce, focused performance as a woman in 1990s Belfast who plants a bomb for her IRA cohorts, and then is urged to turn against them by an MI5 officer (Clive Owen)
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May 31, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE STORIES told in Sarah Polley's family-secrets documentary "Stories We Tell" yield a trove of Too Much Information. Polley's the gifted actress-turned-director ("Away From Her") making the switch here to nonfiction, tracing her own lineage through the tangled relationships of a deceased mother she barely knew. Polley encourages relatives and friends to describe the late Diane Polley, a vivacious actress and casting agent, unhappily married (so we're told) to part-time stage actor Michael Polley.
NEWS
May 26, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - This is one way Sarah Polley describes the five-year process of making Stories We Tell , her ingenious documentary about family and family secrets, a mother who died and left her children, her friends, her spouse - and possibly a lover or two - searching for answers. And sometimes searching for answers to questions they didn't know they had. "You do feel like you're having a very expensive nervous breakdown," says Polley, laughing, about her role in all of this.
NEWS
July 8, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Sarah Polley has won awards and recognition for her work as an actress (for Go , for The Sweet Hereafter , and for John Adams ), for her writing (an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of Away from Her ) and for directing (again, Away From Her ). Which makes her eminently qualified to talk about, yes, acting, writing, and directing. On her second feature behind the camera, Take This Waltz — opening Friday at the Ritz Five — Polley delivers a beautifully wistful portrait of a woman who tumbles head-over-heels for a soulful, handsome artist.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Some people go from the frying pan into the fire. Fiona (Julie Christie) leaps from the frying pan into the icebox when she places the skillet in the freezer and recognizes it not as absentmindedness, but as the onset of Alzheimer's that will overwhelm her marriage of 44 years. An incisive character study from rookie filmmaker Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance. It is likewise a triumph for Polley, the Canadian actress of The Sweet Hereafter and Guinevere.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Some people leap from frying pan into the fire. Fiona (Julie Christie) vaults from frying pan into freezer when she puts skillet into icebox, recognizing it as the onset of the Alzheimer's that will overwhelm her marriage of 44 years. A remarkable character study from actress-turned-director Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who like Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton, grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance. But it's also a particular challenge for the animated actress as she is the vital presence who withers before us. (If Christie doesn't get an Oscar nomination, there is no justice)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2006 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Don't Come Knocking, which marks the reunion of Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard 20-plus years after Paris, Texas, begins promisingly. Howard Spence (Shepard), a chiseled star on location making a western, disappears from the set, riding off on his studio horse in his studio cowboy duds, spurs and all. He's determined to get lost, and after trading in his steed (and his spurs), he smashes his cell phone, rips up his credit cards, and hops a bus to his childhood hometown, little Elko, Nev. And then the nonsense begins.
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