Don’t wait even 12 minutes before seeing ‘12 Years A Slave’

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Paul Giamatti in '12 Years A Slave'
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Paul Giamatti in ’12 Years A Slave’

In 1852, the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly)” by Harriet Beecher Stowe was published for the first time.  It was like pouring gasoline over the already raging argument over slavery in the U.S.  11 years earlier, Solomon Northrup was a free man living a good life in Saratoga, NY.  He played the violin and worked at other skilled professions to earn a living.  He was married with two children.  Then he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.  He would remain there until being freed a dozen years later.  Then he wrote his own book, “12 Years A Slave” which also became a bestseller.  However, while the novel is very well known in this era, the story of Solomon Northrup was virtually unknown.   Until his book was made into an outstanding film.

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‘Looper’ takes time travel and body disposal for a loop

 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 'Looper'
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in ‘Looper’

A looper is a hired killer. He has been hired by an unseen crime boss 30 years into the future, because when time-travel finally becomes possible, it’s too difficult to easily dispose of a dead body. So this crime boss sent a man named “Abe” (Jeff Daniels) back to the 2040s to hire some assassins. The work is easy, the victim arrives from the future at a specified time, at a specified place. The payment for killing and disposing of the body is several silver bars attached to the body.

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‘Ruby Sparks’ is good, but is not a gem

Zoe Kazan stars in, and wrote, 'Ruby Sparks'
Zoe Kazan stars in, and wrote, ‘Ruby Sparks’

[rating=3]Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Aasif Mandvi, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas
Director(s): Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Writer(s): Zoe Kazan

Ruby Sparks is a new indie film from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, directors of Little Miss Sunshine.  Working from a script written by Zoe Kazan who also portrays the title character, Dayton and Faris deliver an intriguing tale about a writer and the woman who mysteriously and magically enters his life.

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Paul Dano shines with Robert DeNiro in ‘Being Flynn’

Robert DeNiro in 'Being Flynn'
Robert DeNiro in ‘Being Flynn’

Nick Flynn is the central character in director Paul Weitz’s (About a BoyAmerican Pie) latest film, entitled Being Flynn.  He’s also the real-life author of the memoir that was adapted by Weitz for the screen, and in the film he is portrayed by Paul Dano (Cowboys and AliensThere Will Be Blood).  Nick is a young adult who finds himself looking for a new place to live and for a new job.  The former because of his own behavior, the latter because he hasn’t quite figured out what he wants to be when he finally decides he is a grown-up.

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