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I consider George Clooney's directing work to be 4-for-4. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a brilliant debut, Good Night, and Good Luck. is a perfectly timed critique of the Bush Administration, Leatherheads is a ton of fun, and The Ides of March, while it has some issues, is still an assured piece of filmmaking. His latest, The Monuments Men, has a terrific premise—a true story about a group of soldiers trying to rescue art from the Nazis—and an outstanding cast. I have no reason to believe he won't be 5-for-5. I'm pleased to announce that we're giving away 20 admit-two passes to The Monuments Men. Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The Monuments Men opens on February 7th, and stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. »
- Matt Goldberg
It’s not only the great works of European art that have gone missing in “The Monuments Men”; the spark of writer-director-star George Clooney’s filmmaking is absent, too. In adapting writer Robert M. Edsel’s account of the men charged with protecting the Western world’s aesthetic treasures from wartime destruction, Clooney has transformed a fascinating true-life tale into an exceedingly dull and dreary caper pic cum art-appreciation seminar — a museum-piece movie about museum people. Fronting an all-star cast and top-drawer craft contributions in every department, this expensive-looking Sony/Fox co-production should outpace the $75 million worldwide gross of Clooney’s previous turn in the director’s chair (2011’s “The Ides of March”), but doesn’t amount to more than a footnote in his remarkable filmography.
When Clooney started out as a director, it was clear he’d learned a great deal about technique from his many collaborations with Steven Soderbergh, »
- Scott Foundas
Sam Rockwell is one of the greatest actors working today. If you’re not already in agreement with me, look over his diverse body of work. Rockwell has killed roles, both lead and supporting, in movies as weird as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, as shattering as Conviction, and as breathtakingly original as Moon. Along the way, he’s played integral parts in classics like The Green Mile and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He’s one of my favorite actors because, no matter how many great roles I see him in, he just sells it every time.
A Single Shot, a relentlessly bleak and atmospheric noir drama, is no exception. As hunter John Moon, who accidentally shoots and kills a young woman, only to uncover a huge amount of money she was guarding, Rockwell is absolutely terrific. It’s a very physical part for the actor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sam Rockwell’s inability to secure an Oscar nomination for a career filled with hilarious and dazzling turns in films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Moon and The Way, Way Back has not stopped the actor from attracting a large fanbase and much love from the independent film community. In Park City to promote Lynn Shelton’s new comedy-drama Laggies, Rockwell is now starting to drum up support for The Eel, which he will star in for writer/director Roberto Bentivegna, whose script appeared on the 2012 Black List.
The Eel should be a darker turn for Rockwell, who will play an escaped convict drawn back into a life of crime when a corrupt sheriff kidnaps the heiress to an oil fortune. As Kevin Walsh, one of The Eel‘s producers, told Deadline, Rockwell’s role “of a criminal on the run… reminded us of Drive and Cool Hand Luke. »
- Jordan Adler
Actors’ behind-the-camera debuts are rarely great. There’s generally a safeness to those movies, where it feels more like an actor testing the waters than having a story they need to tell. A big exception to that trend: George Clooney. Clooney took a major chance on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Sure, he had a script written by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation), but he made bold choices as a filmmaker. From the film’s complex style, the timeline they have to show in two hours, and the tonally tricky humor, Clooney’s first directorial outing was an ambitious introduction. Since then he’s tried his hand at varying material, constantly pushing himself as a filmmaker. Nothing against his films since 2002, including the overlooked Leatherheads, but Confessions of a Dangerous Mind remains his best picture. This is a film where big choices were made, and every single one of them hit their mark. It »
- Jack Giroux
Who does not love Sam Rockwell? He has given some of the most indelible, darkly comic performances of the last 15 years, in films as diverse as The Green Mile, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Moon. His off-the-wall portrayal of kind-hearted slacker Owen was the quixotic high point of 2013′s sweet, if predictable The Way, Way Back. Although Rockwell is a stellar character actor who relishes drama and comedy, he has never landed an Academy Award nomination.
Well, that could all change with Better Living Through Chemistry, which Samuel Goldwyn just cued up for a March 14 release in the United States. In the dark comedy, Rockwell stars as bored pharmacist Douglas Varney, who begins a sex and drug fuelled affair with customer and trophy wife Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde, living up to her last name). Rounding out the rich ensemble cast is Michelle Monaghan, Ben Schwartz, Ken Howard, Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda. »
- Jordan Adler
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