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'Coco Before Chanel' Looks Fabulous but Hangs Kinda Funnynew

While bolstered by the magnetic central performance of the always-charming Audrey Tautou and some damn fine period re-creation, Coco Before Chanel is also restrained by slow pacing and a general lack of drama.
Weekly Alibi  |  Devin D. O'Leary  |  11-03-2009  |  Reviews

Is 'Amelia' Ready for Takeoff?new

Sticking to the period of the middle 1930s during which she became a celebrity, Mira Nair's film doesn't have much to add to the Earhart lore, but by necessity of movie convention does have much to subtract from the actual life.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Jonathan Kiefer  |  10-28-2009  |  Reviews

'Amelia' is a Handsome, Dull and Utterly Banal Earhart Biographynew

Mira Nair's film is old-school Hollywood in that musty, detached way that impresses no one and ultimately does a disservice to the person it so dutifully strains to deify.
Metro Times  |  Jeff Meyers  |  10-27-2009  |  Reviews

Hilary Swank Talks About Mastering Amelia Earhart's Walk and Talknew

"You may think you know how it ends," Swank says about Amelia, "but you have to see it to see if it ends the way you think it does, because there are a lot of theories about it."
Artvoice  |  M. Faust  |  10-23-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Coco Before Chanel' is an Inspiring Portrait of a Rebel Feministnew

Though its subject is arguably the most recognizable in fashion, Coco Before Chanel is more concerned with individuality than clothing. As Coco Chanel herself once famously put it, "Fashion passes, style remains."
The Portland Mercury  |  Marjorie Skinner  |  10-22-2009  |  Reviews

'The Damned United' is One Damned Entertaining Movie

In his portrayal of famed British soccer team manager Brian Clough, Michael Sheen solidifies his status as this generation's Laurence Olivier.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  10-05-2009  |  Reviews

In 'Julie & Julia', Two Biopics Boil Down to Half-Greatnessnew

There's half of a great movie in Julie & Julia -- but since Meryl Streep has already starred in one titled Julia, perhaps it was merely necessary to tack on the "Julie" half to distinguish Nora Ephron's butter-basted effort from its Lillian Hellman's mayonnaise-covered predecessor.
Dallas Observer  |  Robert Wilonsky  |  08-10-2009  |  Reviews

'Il Divo' Takes a 'Goodfellas'-Style Approach to Italian Corruptionnew

If you're a longtime follower of European politics, you might have an easier time with Il Divo's dizzying summation of Italy's power structure and the knotty criminal conspiracies linking Giulio Andreotti to murders, suicides and a scandal nicknamed Bribesville.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  07-21-2009  |  Reviews

'Public Enemies' is Less a Biopic Than a Glossy, Stylish Elegynew

What keeps Public Enemies from being a masterpiece is a peculiar lack of emotional accessibility to the key characters.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  07-02-2009  |  Reviews

Yolande Moreau Unleashes an Artist's Heart

In writer/director Martin Provost's patiently restrained biopic about the self-trained French painter Seraphine Louis, the audience is brought increasingly closer into the heart and mind of a genius whose turbulent inner life eventually envelops her conscious being.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-08-2009  |  Reviews

'Little Ashes' Offers Contrasts in Artistic Engagement with the Worldnew

Though the filmmakers' affection for their subjects shines through, Little Ashes struggles with the challenges that inevitably arise in gossipy biopics about famous artists.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  06-03-2009  |  Reviews

Say You Want a Revolution?new

Che director Steven Soderbergh tells why that there’s no reason to shrink from controversy and debate.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  03-04-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Steven Soderbergh's Two-Part 'Che' Biopic Is a True Work of Artnew

But Che is a work of art much more than it's an attempt at political statement-making, and on that front, what Soderbergh has done is truly impressive.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  02-26-2009  |  Reviews

Little Big Man: 'Notorious'new

Biggie Smalls' large life is reduced to a by-the-numbers biopic in Notorious.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur and Laura Leon  |  02-03-2009  |  Reviews

Going Going, Back Back, in Rap History: 'Notorious'new

Maybe it’s not a work of sheer genius, but Notorious blows past all the recent tragedy-tinged pop music biopics.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  D.J. Palladino  |  02-02-2009  |  Reviews

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