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Sophie Barthes

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 […]

Beeswax, Bloggers and Barack (photo)

Beeswax, Bloggers and Barack

This week’s new releases include a Latin American double bill on the nature of the fame game, a British one-two centered on the macabre and a global smattering of meditations on love young and old. Download this in audio form (MP3: 13:04 minutes, 12 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] [iTunes] “Beeswax” Following […]

Sundance 2009: “Cold Souls.” (photo)

Sundance 2009: “Cold Souls.”

The shadow of Charlie Kaufman looms unignorably large over Sophie Barthes’ first feature “Cold Souls,” which stars Paul Giamatti as a well-known and very serious actor named Paul Giamatti, who’s finding that his role in a upcoming stage production of “Uncle Vanya” is weighing on him. An article in the New Yorker steers him to […]