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Andrew Ross Sorkin’s “Too Big To Fail” Premieres on HBO (photo)

Andrew Ross Sorkin’s “Too Big To Fail” Premieres on HBO

When New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin penned his book “Too Big To Fail” on the U.S. government’s decision to bail out the big banks in 2008, it’s unlikely he was thinking that William Hurt would make a great Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. And yet, he does. Last night, HBO aired a dramatic historical […]

“Win Win” Reigns Supreme at SXSW 2011 (photo)

“Win Win” Reigns Supreme at SXSW 2011

As my review probably made clear, “Win Win” is one of my very favorite films at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. So I was really excited to talk to its co-writer/director Thomas McCarthy and stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, and especially Alex Shaffer, the New Jersey state wrestling champion who answered an open […]

“Win Win,” Reviewed (photo)

“Win Win,” Reviewed

We’ve seen “The Bad News Bears” formula trotted out so many times but never quite like “Win Win.” Director Tom McCarthy (“The Station Agent,” “The Visitor”) gives us all the cliches from the down-on-his-luck coach to the troubled-but-talented star — but buries them deep in the background of a touching and relevant story of a […]

Rosamund Pike Finally Tells Her “Version” (photo)

Rosamund Pike Finally Tells Her “Version”

There’s a reason why Rosamund Pike plays the woman who makes Paul Giamatti’s twice-married Barney Panofsky realize he will love no other. With the beauty to play a Bond girl in her first film role and the smarts to be one of the few to follow through with a meaningful career, Pike has that bedeviling […]

“Barney’s Version,” Reviewed (photo)

“Barney’s Version,” Reviewed

Paul Giamatti wears the role of Barney Panofsky, the prickly, big-hearted hero of “Barney’s Version,” like it’s a tailored suit. He takes obviously pleasure in it, and, watching, so do we — it’s a great fit. Barney is a man with an appreciation for life’s more rarefied and delicate things, though he’s earthbound himself, a […]

Harvey Pekar vs. David Letterman (photo)

Harvey Pekar vs. David Letterman

Curmudgeonly comic Harvey Pekar rose to fame for his brilliantly acerbic comic book “American Splendor”. The 2003 biopic American Splendor airs on IFC at 11:35 a.m. ET today. It stars Paul Giamatti as the surly Cleveland artist and Hope Davis as his soon-to-be wife Joyce and follows the artist’s rise from a file clerk in […]

The Splendor of Harvey Pekar (photo)

The Splendor of Harvey Pekar

The first story of the first collection of the comic book “American Splendor” is four pages long and consists of 48 nearly identical panels drawn by artist R. Crumb. Each panel features a man in a gray suit with combed-over hair standing against a white background directly addressing the reader about the peculiarities of his […]

Hey, someone’s gotta come to the defense of M. Night Shyamalan. (photo)

Hey, someone’s gotta come to the defense of M. Night Shyamalan.

Before we all had Lindsay Lohan to beat up on, there was M. Night Shyamalan, Hollywood’s very own prodigal son. Master of twist endings and cursed with less modesty about his directing gifts than even Quentin Tarantino, Shyamalan’s fall from grace was swift and almost karmically vengeful. At least — if you buy the overall […]

And Starring Paul Giamatti As Himself (photo)

And Starring Paul Giamatti As Himself

Like the titular actor in “Being John Malkovich,” Paul Giamatti plays a version of himself in “Cold Souls” — “Paul Giamatti,” an ever-so-serious thespian with a thriving stage and screen career who’s so weighed down by the lead role in a theater production of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” that he follows up on an ad offering […]

Minor Crises (photo)

Minor Crises

Whether he likes it or not — and we’re talking about a director whose characters feel so much ambivalence that you can practically see it radiating off of them in waves — Andrew Bujalski has become the patron saint of the burgeoning grassroots indie movement misleadingly known as mumblecore. (The people in these films may […]