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All Natalie Portman Movies Ranked

For most actors, a movie like Leon: The Professional would be the peak. For Natalie Portman, it was just the beginning.

She followed up her breakthrough debut as the lil’ assassin with three more Certified Fresh films: HeatBeautiful Girls, and Everyone Says I Love You. Science-fiction projects gave her first brushes with Rotten ratings (Mars Attacks!) but also global stardom (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace), giving her the clout to work with the biggest name directors; people like Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited), Milos Forman (Goya’s Ghosts), Wong Kar-Wai (My Blueberry Nights), and Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), the last of which nabbed her the Best Actress Oscar.

Portman has also increasingly worked directly behind the camera in recent years, first with her own directed segment in New York, I Love You, and then the feature-length A Tale of Love and Darkness. That came after Portman was absent from the screen a few years following mildly compelling if safe turns in two Thor movies.  But she’ll be back in a revamped starring role with Thor: Love and Thunder, directed by Taika Waititi and set for 2022. Before then, we’re celebrating her birthday by looking at all of Natalie Portman’s movies with Tomatometers, ranked!

#39

Planetarium (2016)
16%

#39
Adjusted Score: 16964%
Critics Consensus: The Summoning (Planetarium) looks out on a constellation of potentially brilliant ideas, but proves fatally unable to find its focus.
Synopsis: In 1930s France, two sisters who are thought to be able to communicate with ghosts meet a visionary producer while... [More]
Directed By: Rebecca Zlotowski

#38
Adjusted Score: 19098%
Critics Consensus: The Death and Life of John F. Donovan finds writer-director Xavier Dolan flailing at profundity with a technically assured drama that never makes sense of its own ideas.
Synopsis: A young actor reminisces about a dead American TV star and the correspondence they shared.... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Dolan

#37

Lucy in the Sky (2019)
21%

#37
Adjusted Score: 28327%
Critics Consensus: Natalie Portman gives it her all, but it isn't enough to overcome Lucy in the Sky's confused approach to its jumbled story.
Synopsis: After an awe-inspiring experience in outer space, an astronaut returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with reality in... [More]
Directed By: Noah Hawley

#36

Free Zone (2005)
26%

#36
Adjusted Score: 27192%
Critics Consensus: The symbolism in this cinematic metaphor on conflicts in the Middle East becomes so overbearing that it's hard to care about the characters or their plight.
Synopsis: Three women, an American (Natalie Portman), an Israeli (Hanna Laslo) and a Palestinian (Hiam Abbass), all become traveling companions in... [More]
Directed By: Amos Gitai

#35

Your Highness (2011)
27%

#35
Adjusted Score: 34530%
Critics Consensus: Big budgets and costumes in service of scatalogical jokes may seem funny on paper, but in execution this is a highly monotonous romp that registers only occasional laughs.
Synopsis: Prince Thadeous (Danny McBride) has always lived his life in the shadow of his brother, the heir apparent, Prince Fabious... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#34

Goya's Ghosts (2006)
30%

#34
Adjusted Score: 32163%
Critics Consensus: Ornate costumes and a talented cast can't make up for Ghosts' glacial pace and confused plot.
Synopsis: Brother Lorenzo (Javier Bardem), a member of the Spanish Inquisition, seeks to curry favor with the Inquisitor General by arresting... [More]
Directed By: Milos Forman

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 37342%
Critics Consensus: Poor script and messy plot undermines the decent cast.
Synopsis: After Tennessee teen Novalee Nation (Natalie Portman) is left literally barefoot and pregnant in a Wal-Mart parking lot by her... [More]
Directed By: Matt Williams

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 40244%
Critics Consensus: Like many anthologies, New York, I Love You has problems of consistency, but it isn't without its moments.
Synopsis: On the eve of her wedding, a Hasidic woman (Natalie Portman) considers a romance with another man, in one of... [More]

#31
Adjusted Score: 43036%
Critics Consensus: Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium's title is much more fun that the film itself, as the colorful visuals and talented players can't make up for a bland story.
Synopsis: Magic flows freely through the walls and toys within the Wonder Emporium. But when Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman), the store's... [More]
Directed By: Zach Helm

#30
Adjusted Score: 39985%
Critics Consensus: Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow deliver fine performances in The Other Woman, but they're muted by Don Roos' clumsy direction and cluttered, melodramatic script.
Synopsis: A woman (Natalie Portman) tries to mend her relationship with her stepson and deal with her husband's jealous ex-wife (Lisa... [More]
Directed By: Don Roos

#29

Jane Got a Gun (2016)
43%

#29
Adjusted Score: 46452%
Critics Consensus: Jane Got a Gun flounders between campy Western and hard-hitting revisionist take on the genre, leaving Natalie Portman's committed performance stranded in the dust.
Synopsis: Panic strikes Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) when her outlaw husband John returns to their farm with bullet wounds. Expecting the... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 48636%
Critics Consensus: Though it features some extravagant and entertaining moments, The Other Boleyn Girl feels more like a soap opera than historical drama.
Synopsis: King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) lacks an heir. Seeing this as an opportunity for personal gain, the Duke of Norfolk... [More]
Directed By: Justin Chadwick

#27

Song to Song (2017)
44%

#27
Adjusted Score: 52287%
Critics Consensus: As visually sumptuous as it is narratively spartan, Terrence Malick's Song to Song echoes elements of the writer-director's recent work -- for better and for worse.
Synopsis: Set against the Austin, Texas, music scene, two entangled couples -- struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling),... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#26

Knight of Cups (2015)
47%

#26
Adjusted Score: 57170%
Critics Consensus: Knight of Cups finds Terrence Malick delving deeper into the painterly visual milieu he's explored in recent efforts, but even hardcore fans may struggle with the diminishing narrative returns.
Synopsis: A Los Angeles screenwriter (Christian Bale) indulges his wild side with a stripper (Teresa Palmer), a model (Freida Pinto) and... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 49918%
Critics Consensus: Though well filmed, My Blueberry Nights is a mixed bag of dedicated performers working with thin material.
Synopsis: After her boyfriend of five years breaks up with her, Elizabeth (Norah Jones) consoles herself by consuming creamy confections at... [More]
Directed By: Kar Wai Wong

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 54453%
Critics Consensus: It benefits from the presence of Natalie Portman and director Ivan Reitman's steady hand, but No Strings Attached doesn't have the courage or conviction to follow through on its ribald premise.
Synopsis: Lifelong friends Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) take their relationship to the next level by having sex. Afraid... [More]
Directed By: Ivan Reitman

#23
Adjusted Score: 62997%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
Synopsis: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) ; Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#22

Hesher (2010)
55%

#22
Adjusted Score: 57959%
Critics Consensus: It has a dark sense of humor and a refreshing lack of sentimentality, but like its title character, Hesher isn't really interested in going anywhere.
Synopsis: An anarchist (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) shakes things up after moving -- uninvited -- into the garage of a troubled youth (Devin... [More]
Directed By: Spencer Susser

#21

Mars Attacks! (1996)
55%

#21
Adjusted Score: 60025%
Critics Consensus: Tim Burton's alien invasion spoof faithfully recreates the wooden characters and schlocky story of cheesy '50s sci-fi and Ed Wood movies -- perhaps a little too faithfully for audiences.
Synopsis: A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world's major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#20

Vox Lux (2018)
62%

#20
Adjusted Score: 76181%
Critics Consensus: Intriguing albeit flawed, Vox Lux probes the allures and pitfalls of modern celebrity with intelligence, visual style, and an assured Natalie Portman performance.
Synopsis: Celeste is a 13-year-old music prodigy who survives a horrific school shooting in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1999. Her talent... [More]
Directed By: Brady Corbet

#19

Brothers (2009)
64%

#19
Adjusted Score: 69236%
Critics Consensus: It plays more like a traditional melodrama than the Susanne Bier film that inspired it, but Jim Sheridan's Brothers benefits from rock-solid performances by its three leads.
Synopsis: Siblings Sam (Tobey Maguire) and Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal) are as far apart as brothers can be; while Sam serves... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sheridan

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 67576%
Critics Consensus: The strong chemistry between Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman as a mother and daughter trying to make a fresh start in L.A. helps to elevate Anywhere But Here above its occasional forays into melodrama.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of the Mona Simpson novel, single mother Adele August (Susan Sarandon) is bad with money, and even... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#17
Adjusted Score: 74007%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although they're once again undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: Set ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos.... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 78026%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the finest film to come from the Marvel Universe, but Thor: The Dark World still offers plenty of the humor and high-stakes action that fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: In ancient times, the gods of Asgard fought and won a war against an evil race known as the Dark... [More]
Directed By: Alan Taylor

#15

Closer (2004)
68%

#15
Adjusted Score: 74764%
Critics Consensus: Closer's talented cast and Mike Nichols' typically assured direction help smooth a bumpy journey from stage to screen.
Synopsis: Alice (Natalie Portman), an American stripper who has moved to London, meets Dan (Jude Law) on the street. While looking... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#14

Cold Mountain (2003)
70%

#14
Adjusted Score: 79636%
Critics Consensus: The well-crafted Cold Mountain has an epic sweep and captures the horror and brutal hardship of war.
Synopsis: In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella

#13
Adjusted Score: 74456%
Critics Consensus: A Tale of Love and Darkness suggests greater things for debuting writer-director Natalie Portman -- even if its reach slightly exceeds her creative grasp.
Synopsis: Influenced by his mother's (Natalie Portman) stories and poetry readings, young Amos Oz (Amir Tessler) grows up in 1940s Jerusalem... [More]
Directed By: Natalie Portman

#12

The Professional (1994)
74%

#12
Adjusted Score: 77764%
Critics Consensus: Pivoting on the unusual relationship between seasoned hitman and his 12-year-old apprentice -- a breakout turn by young Natalie Portman -- Luc Besson's Léon is a stylish and oddly affecting thriller.
Synopsis: Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is only 12 years old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive... [More]
Directed By: Luc Besson

#11

V for Vendetta (2006)
73%

#11
Adjusted Score: 85203%
Critics Consensus: Visually stunning and thought-provoking, V For Vendetta's political pronouncements may rile some, but its story and impressive set pieces will nevertheless entertain.
Synopsis: Following world war, London is a police state occupied by a fascist government, and a vigilante known only as V... [More]
Directed By: James McTeigue

#10

Thor (2011)
77%

#10
Adjusted Score: 90300%
Critics Consensus: A dazzling blockbuster that tempers its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and human drama, Thor is mighty Marvel entertainment.
Synopsis: As the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Norse gods, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will soon inherit the throne... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 79339%
Critics Consensus: A likable, infectious musical, Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You is sometimes uneven but always toe-tapping and fun.
Synopsis: The daughter of wealthy Manhattanites Joe (Woody Allen) and Steffi (Goldie Hawn), D.J. (Natasha Lyonne) has to contend with her... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#8

Beautiful Girls (1996)
79%

#8
Adjusted Score: 81376%
Critics Consensus: A warm, thoughtful dramedy about male insecurity, Beautiful Girls is buoyed by an excellent cast - particularly Natalie Portman in a stunning early role.
Synopsis: An all-star cast sparks this captivating comedy about a group of old friends whose 10-year high school reunion creates some... [More]
Directed By: Ted Demme

#7
Adjusted Score: 92986%
Critics Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.
Synopsis: It has been three years since the Clone Wars began. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi Knight Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#6

Black Swan (2010)
85%

#6
Adjusted Score: 99195%
Critics Consensus: Bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, Black Swan glides on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction -- and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman.
Synopsis: Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's... [More]
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky

#5

Garden State (2004)
86%

#5
Adjusted Score: 93961%
Critics Consensus: Delivering a quirky spin on familiar twentysomething tropes -- with a cannily-placed soundtrack -- Garden State has enough charm to mark a winning debut for first-time director Zach Braff.
Synopsis: After many years away, television bit part actor Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) returns to his small home town in New... [More]
Directed By: Zach Braff

#4

Heat (1995)
87%

#4
Adjusted Score: 92679%
Critics Consensus: Though Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share but a handful of screen minutes together, Heat is an engrossing crime drama that draws compelling performances from its stars -- and confirms Michael Mann's mastery of the genre.
Synopsis: Master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is trying to control the rogue actions of one of his men, while... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#3

Paris, je t'aime (2006)
86%

#3
Adjusted Score: 89923%
Critics Consensus: Paris Je T'aime is uneven, but there are more than enough delightful moments in this omnibus tribute to the City of Lights to tip the scale in its favor.
Synopsis: A collection has 18 vignettes set in Paris. In "Bastille," a man (Sergio Castellitto) considers leaving his wife (Miranda Richardson)... [More]

#2

Jackie (2016)
87%

#2
Adjusted Score: 109825%
Critics Consensus: Jackie offers an alluring peek into a beloved American public figure's private world -- and an enthralling starring performance from Natalie Portman in the bargain.
Synopsis: After her husband's assassination, Jackie Kennedy's (Natalie Portman) world is completely shattered. Traumatized and reeling with grief, over the course... [More]
Directed By: Pablo Larraín

#1

Annihilation (2018)
88%

#1
Adjusted Score: 108010%
Critics Consensus: Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious -- and surprisingly strange -- exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after the end credits roll.
Synopsis: Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X --... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

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All Jude Law Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Jude Law made his breakthrough splash in The Talented Mr. Ripley, though anyone who had been following his early career through Gattaca, Music From Another Room, and Wilde already knew what he was capable of by the time the world saw him in the Anthony Minghella thriller. Not too long after that, Law would be working with the likes of Steven Spielberg (he was the robot Gigolo Joe in A.I. Artificial Intelligence), taking lead roles (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Alfie), and showing off his dark side as nasty villains (Road to Perdition).

And sometimes it seems Law is at his best in large ensemble casts: Just check out Cold Mountain, I Heart Huckabees, Contagion, The Grand Budapest Hotel, or even Captain Marvel for proof. His latest film was The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively. See where it places as we rank all Jude Law movies by Tomatometer!

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 18154%
Critics Consensus: With a scenery-chewing performance from Sean Penn, an absence of political insight, and an overall lack of narrative cohesiveness, these Men give Oscar bait a bad name.
Synopsis: Charismatic Southern politician Willie Stark's (Sean Penn) idealism and good intentions give way to corruption after he becomes governor of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Zaillian

#44

360 (2011)
20%

#44
Adjusted Score: 22532%
Critics Consensus: Spreading itself thin across a sprawling narrative without a unifying focus, 360 just keeps running in circles.
Synopsis: A man (Anthony Hopkins) searches for his missing daughter in one of several vignettes dealing with issues of love, loss... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Meirelles

#43

Repo Men (2010)
22%

#43
Adjusted Score: 27333%
Critics Consensus: Repo Men has an intriguing premise, as well as a likable pair of leads, but they're wasted on a rote screenplay, indifferent direction, and mind-numbing gore.
Synopsis: In the future, medical technology has advanced to the point where people can buy artificial organs to extend their lives.... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Sapochnik

#42

Rage (2009)
38%

#42
Adjusted Score: 13450%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A blogger shoots interviews at a New York fashion house on his cell phone.... [More]
Directed By: Sally Potter

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 26776%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young man (Jonny Lee Miller) reminisces about how a childhood friend introduced him to the biggest gangster in London.... [More]
Directed By: Dominic Anciano

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 41439%
Critics Consensus: Blake Lively delivers an impressive lead performance, but The Rhythm Section plods predictably through a story that could have used some flashier riffs.
Synopsis: Stephanie Patrick veers down a path of self-destruction after a tragic plane crash kills her family. When Stephanie discovers it... [More]
Directed By: Reed Morano

#39
Adjusted Score: 50747%
Critics Consensus: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword piles mounds of modern action flash on an age-old tale -- and wipes out much of what made it a classic story in the first place.
Synopsis: After the murder of his father, young Arthur's power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright,... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 12805%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: As a young boy, Danny (Jude Law) helped deliver his neighbor's infant daughter, Anna Swann. Despite his various relationships, Danny's... [More]
Directed By: Charlie Peters

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 38972%
Critics Consensus: This class warfare drama feels contrived and superficial: characters don't act logically as the movie manipulates them towards deconstructing various social issues.
Synopsis: Will (Jude Law), a landscape architect in London, is in the middle of a life crisis. His relationship with Liv... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella

#36

Sleuth (2007)
36%

#36
Adjusted Score: 40351%
Critics Consensus: Sleuth is so obvious and coarse, rather than suspenseful and action-packed, that it does nothing to improve on the original version
Synopsis: Andrew Wyke (Michael Caine) is a highly successful mystery writer living in a beautiful and technologically advanced mansion in England.... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#35
Adjusted Score: 56395%
Critics Consensus: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has glimmers of the magic familiar to Harry Potter fans, but the story's spell isn't as strong as earlier installments.
Synopsis: In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists... [More]
Directed By: David Yates

#34
Adjusted Score: 14895%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Daisy (Claire Danes) is a smart and pretty teen who attends a prestigious private academy. Despite her privileged upbringing, Daisy... [More]
Directed By: Billy Hopkins

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 49918%
Critics Consensus: Though well filmed, My Blueberry Nights is a mixed bag of dedicated performers working with thin material.
Synopsis: After her boyfriend of five years breaks up with her, Elizabeth (Norah Jones) consoles herself by consuming creamy confections at... [More]
Directed By: Kar Wai Wong

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 47229%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, but emotionally uninvolving.
Synopsis: After years of murdering single women for their blood, debonair vampire Steven Griscz (Jude Law) can no longer quench his... [More]
Directed By: Po-Chih Leong

#31

Alfie (2004)
48%

#31
Adjusted Score: 53408%
Critics Consensus: This unnecessary remake wants Alfie to have his cake and eat it, too, but a lack of sexual fizz and a sour performance by Jude Law conspire to deliver audiences a romantic comedy that isn't romantic or funny.
Synopsis: British-born ladies' man Alfie (Jude Law) exploits his job as a New York City limousine driver to meet and sleep... [More]
Directed By: Charles Shyer

#30
Adjusted Score: 51674%
Critics Consensus: Clint Eastwood's spare directorial style proves an ill fit for this Southern potboiler, which dutifully trudges through its mystery while remaining disinterested in the cultural flourishes that gave its source material its sense of intrigue.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of John Berendt's book, a young journalist, John Kelso (John Cusack), travels to Savannah, Ga., to cover... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#29

The Holiday (2006)
50%

#29
Adjusted Score: 56103%
Critics Consensus: While it's certainly sweet and even somewhat touching, The Holiday is so thoroughly predictable that audiences may end up opting for an early check-out time.
Synopsis: Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups... [More]
Directed By: Nancy Meyers

#28

Genius (2016)
52%

#28
Adjusted Score: 58380%
Critics Consensus: Genius seeks to honor worthy subjects, yet never gets close enough to the titular quality to make watching worth the effort.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Michael Grandage

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 58677%
Critics Consensus: Atmospheric and thrilling, Enemy at the Gates gets the look and feel of war right. However, the love story seems out of place.
Synopsis: Vassili (Jude Law) is a young Russian sharpshooter who becomes a legend when a savvy polical officer (Joseph Fiennes) makes... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Annaud

#26

Dom Hemingway (2013)
57%

#26
Adjusted Score: 61057%
Critics Consensus: Jude Law is clearly having fun in Dom Hemingway's title role, but viewers may find this purposely abrasive gangster dramedy isn't quite as enjoyable from the other side of the screen.
Synopsis: After serving 12 years in prison, a skilled safecracker (Jude Law) seeks payback and a chance to reconcile with his... [More]
Directed By: Richard Shepard

#25
Adjusted Score: 67883%
Critics Consensus: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a good yarn thanks to its well-matched leading men but overall stumbles duplicating the well-oiled thrills of the original.
Synopsis: When Austria's crown prince is found dead, evidence seems to point to suicide. However, detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.)... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#24

Vox Lux (2018)
62%

#24
Adjusted Score: 76181%
Critics Consensus: Intriguing albeit flawed, Vox Lux probes the allures and pitfalls of modern celebrity with intelligence, visual style, and an assured Natalie Portman performance.
Synopsis: Celeste is a 13-year-old music prodigy who survives a horrific school shooting in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1999. Her talent... [More]
Directed By: Brady Corbet

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 69319%
Critics Consensus: I Heart Huckabees certainly isn't for everyone, but audiences attuned to its quirky wavelength will find a singularly brainy screwball comedy that refuses to pander.
Synopsis: Environmentalist Albert (Jason Schwartzman) enlists the services of "existential detectives" Bernard (Dustin Hoffman) and Vivian (Lily Tomlin) to solve the... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#22

Anna Karenina (2012)
63%

#22
Adjusted Score: 70088%
Critics Consensus: Joe Wright's energetic adaptation of Tolstoy's classic romance is a bold, visually stylized work -- for both better and worse.
Synopsis: Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley), the wife of a Russian imperial minister (Jude Law), creates a high-society scandal by an affair... [More]
Directed By: Joe Wright

#21
Adjusted Score: 70359%
Critics Consensus: Terry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever, but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative, darkly beautiful power of his earlier work, with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.
Synopsis: Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), the leader of a traveling show, has a dark secret. Thousands of years ago he traded... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

#20

Closer (2004)
68%

#20
Adjusted Score: 74764%
Critics Consensus: Closer's talented cast and Mike Nichols' typically assured direction help smooth a bumpy journey from stage to screen.
Synopsis: Alice (Natalie Portman), an American stripper who has moved to London, meets Dan (Jude Law) on the street. While looking... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#19

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
69%

#19
Adjusted Score: 80466%
Critics Consensus: Guy Ritchie's directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr.
Synopsis: When a string of brutal murders terrorizes London, it doesn't take long for legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.)... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#18

Cold Mountain (2003)
70%

#18
Adjusted Score: 79636%
Critics Consensus: The well-crafted Cold Mountain has an epic sweep and captures the horror and brutal hardship of war.
Synopsis: In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella

#17
Adjusted Score: 77764%
Critics Consensus: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is slim on plot and characterization, but the visuals more than make up for it.
Synopsis: When gigantic robots attack New York City, "Sky Captain" (Jude Law) uses his private air force to fight them off.... [More]
Directed By: Kerry Conran

#16

Wilde (1997)
72%

#16
Adjusted Score: 74207%
Critics Consensus: Wilde can't hope to communicate the entirety of its subject's fascinating life or outsize talent, but Stephen Fry's stellar performance offers abundant compensation.
Synopsis: Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry) is a married writer who has occasionally indulged his weakness for male suitors. After much toil,... [More]
Directed By: Brian Gilbert

#15
Adjusted Score: 78987%
Critics Consensus: Although it softens the nasty edges of its source material, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a gothic visual treat, and it features a hilariously manic turn from Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf.
Synopsis: After the three young Baudelaire siblings are left orphaned by a fire in their mansion, they are carted off to... [More]
Directed By: Brad Silberling

#14

eXistenZ (1999)
74%

#14
Adjusted Score: 76805%
Critics Consensus: Gooey, slimy, grotesque fun.
Synopsis: Video game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has created a virtual reality game called eXistenZ. After a crazed fan... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 80995%
Critics Consensus: A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department.
Synopsis: Generation after generation, immortal Guardians like Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and the Tooth Fairy (Isla... [More]
Directed By: Peter Ramsey

#12
Adjusted Score: 82828%
Critics Consensus: A curious, not always seamless, amalgamation of Kubrick's chilly bleakness and Spielberg's warm-hearted optimism, A.I. is, in a word, fascinating.
Synopsis: A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David (Haley Joel Osment) is adopted as a test case by a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#11

Captain Marvel (2019)
79%

#11
Adjusted Score: 113649%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU's latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise's signature formula.
Synopsis: Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her... [More]
Directed By: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

#10

Black Sea (2014)
80%

#10
Adjusted Score: 85271%
Critics Consensus: Black Sea may not be particularly deep, but thanks to Kevin Macdonald's judicious direction and a magnetic performance from Jude Law, it remains an efficiently well-crafted thriller.
Synopsis: Soon after losing his salvage job, former naval officer Robinson (Jude Law) assembles a misfit crew of unemployed sailors for... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Macdonald

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 89004%
Critics Consensus: Somber, stately, and beautifully mounted, Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition is a well-crafted mob movie that explores the ties between fathers and sons.
Synopsis: Mike Sullivan (Tom Hanks) is an enforcer for powerful Depression-era Midwestern mobster John Rooney (Paul Newman). Rooney's son, Connor (Daniel... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#8

Gattaca (1997)
83%

#8
Adjusted Score: 86115%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent and scientifically provocative, Gattaca is an absorbing sci fi drama that poses important interesting ethical questions about the nature of science.
Synopsis: Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Niccol

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 89387%
Critics Consensus: With Matt Damon's unsettling performance offering a darkly twisted counterpoint to Anthony Minghella's glossy direction, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspense thriller that lingers.
Synopsis: To be young and carefree amid the blue waters and idyllic landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the late 1950s; that's... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella

#6

Side Effects (2013)
81%

#6
Adjusted Score: 90193%
Critics Consensus: A smart, clever thriller with plenty of disquieting twists, Side Effects is yet another assured effort from director Steven Soderbergh.
Synopsis: For four years, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) has awaited the release of her husband, Martin (Channing Tatum), from being imprisoned... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#5

Contagion (2011)
85%

#5
Adjusted Score: 95478%
Critics Consensus: Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart -- and scary -- disaster movie.
Synopsis: When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip, she attributes the malaise she feels... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#4

The Aviator (2004)
86%

#4
Adjusted Score: 93425%
Critics Consensus: With a rich sense of period detail, The Aviator succeeds thanks to typically assured direction from Martin Scorsese and a strong performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, who charts Howard Hughes' descent from eccentric billionaire to reclusive madman.
Synopsis: Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 104697%
Critics Consensus: Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.
Synopsis: In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#2

Hugo (2011)
93%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102852%
Critics Consensus: Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids' movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.
Synopsis: Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives in the walls of a train station in... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#1

Spy (2015)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 104613%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
Synopsis: Despite having solid field training, CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has spent her entire career as a desk jockey,... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

This week in DVD news, Francis Ford Coppola brings you the Godfather trilogy (again), Quentin Tarantino is super excited about the original Inglorious Bastards, and Hancock may soon stream directly into your TV set. Plus, we’ve got Vantage Point, Drillbit Taylor, a new X-Files DVD and more new releases!


Leave the cannoli. Take the DVDs.

On September 23, Paramount Home Entertainment is making you an offer that you can’t refuse: The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration, on both DVD and Blu-Ray. Francis Ford Coppola himself spent a year overseeing the frame-by-frame restoration, a painstaking process which is documented in one of four new featurettes; the complete set includes the entire Godfather trilogy (for those of you who count Godfather III), extras from the previous box set, and more new material. Shell out $72.99 for the DVD set, $119.99 for Blu-Ray.

Tarantino To Geek Out on O.G. Inglorious Bastards DVD

If you’re a Quentin Tarantino nut, then you know he recently completed his script for the long-gestating war movie, Inglorious Bastards. But have you seen the original The Inglorious Bastards upon which QT’s flick is rumored to be based? You’ll get your chance when Enzo G. Castellari‘s 1978 cult film hits; the WWII tale of a band of military criminals on a suicide mission in Nazi territory stars ’70s action icons Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson, and will be released in a 3-disc Special Edition on July 29. Best of all, Tarantino will appear in the DVD extras, hosting a night of Castellari’s films and talking all things Inglorious with the veteran filmmaker.

Watch Hancock At Home Before DVD Hits

Forget Netflix and iTunes; Sony’s jumping into the digital delivery game with the release of Will Smith‘s Hancock, which will be made available for web-equipped owners of Sony’s Bravia TV sets before the film hits DVD. However, it still comes with a hefty price: $300 for the Bravia Internet link and $7.50 — nearly the price of admission these days — to stream, but not download, the movie. Another thing: you can’t Bravia Hancock, out in theaters this week, until November.

Click for this week’s new releases!

Vantage Point

Tomatometer: 36%

Patriot Games meets Rashomon in this trying thriller about an assassination attempt, as seen from more points of view than you can shake a stick at. Okay, so you can’t shake a stick at a point of view, but neither can you inundate critics with the same twenty minutes over and over again for two hours without being accused of silliness and incoherence. Go see Rashomon instead.

Bonus Features:

There are plenty of extras here to enjoy, assuming you want to relive the making of a story that you’ve just seen play out eight times over (director commentary, cast and crew interviews, featurettes, and outtakes).

Drillbit Taylor

Tomatometer: 27%

The Judd Apatow touch failed to boost Drillbit Taylor to the ranks of Superbad and Knocked Up (and in fact is the producer’s worst-reviewed film to date); even comic wunderkind Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the script, couldn’t keep it afloat. Even worse? The idea about a homeless scam artist (Owen Wilson) hired as bodyguard to a bunch of bullied kids came from none other than John Hughes.

Bonus Features:

If you must watch Drillbit Taylor, then pick up the unrated Extended Survival Edition — how else could an Apatow film be seen, but with more swear words and tomfoolery? Check out additional features about co-star Danny McBride (The Foot Fist Way) and the on-set rap battle to enrich your experience.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

Tomatometer: 29%

Tyler Perry is back, which means that you already know if Meet the Browns is for you. (If you know who his Madea character is — and it doesn’t make you groan inwardly — then you’re in his demographic.) This time, Angela Bassett wades her way through soap opera-esque melodrama and borderline stereotypical jokes in a heartwarming tale about family.

Bonus Features:

A two-disc DVD gives you four featurettes and a digital copy; otherwise, check out the single disc release for the movie alone.

My Blueberry Nights

Tomatometer: 47%

Wong Kar-Wai (In the Mood for Love, 2046) makes his Hollywood debut in this tale of a woman (songstress Norah Jones) nursing heartbreak on a cross-country road trip, a vibrant ode to iconic modern Americana made with the reverent eye of an outsider. Laden with metaphors and partly shot in his gorgeous, Wong Kar-Wai style, My Blueberry Nights was nevertheless deemed a mixed bag of tricks.

Bonus Features:

If film-as-art and the creative process interest you, then check out the handful of extras here: a making-of featurette and lengthy Q&A with Wong Kar-Wai, plus on-set and scouting photo galleries.

X-Files: Revelations

Tomatometer: N/A

With the long-awaited (and highly secretive) sequel X-Files: I Want to Believe hitting theaters soon, you may need a refresher on the previous adventures of Mulder and Scully. Creators Frank Spotnitz and Chris Carter handpick and provide commentary for eight of their favorite series episodes, and throw in a few sequel-related extras just to tease you.

Bonus Features:

Brief introductions to each episode provide some insight into each selection, but much like the big DVD extra — the X-Files 2 panel at WonderCon — you won’t find any new info about the sequel here.

‘Til next week, happy viewing!

This week at the movies, we’ve got gridiron giggles (Leatherheads, starring George Clooney and Renée Zellweger), isle imagination (Nim’s Island, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin), and archeological anxiety (The Ruins, starring Shawn Ashmore and Jena Malone). What do the critics have to say?

George Clooney gets compared to Cary Grant all the time, so it’s only natural he would try his hand at Grant’s prime métier — the screwball comedy. Unfortunately, critics say the football laffer Leatherheads, in which Clooney stars and directs, is something of a mixed bag. Set in the early days of pro-pigskin (in the days when college was king), Leatherheads tells the tale of the struggling, ragtag Duluth squad, which has scored a major coup by tapping a college gridiron hero (played by John Krasinski) to team with aging pro Dodge Connolly (Clooney); however, the team is also under fire from an aggressive beat reporter (Renée Zellweger). The pundits say Leatherheads is a funny, amiable affair, but it could take some pointers from the no-huddle offense, which, like screwball comedy, emphasizes quick thinking, deft interaction, and risk. At 54 percent on the Tomatometer, Leatherheads is being thrown for a loss. And it’s Clooney’s worst-reviewed directorial effort to date — well below Good Night and Good Luck‘s 94 percent. (Check out our interview with George Clooney here.)


“Look, we’re running a flea flicker, and that’s final! Do I look like I’m negotiating?

A sort of Swiss Family Robinson crossed with Indiana Jones, the critics say Nim’s Island is solid family fare — with the pros and cons that implies. Abigail Breslin stars as Nim, a precocious girl who lives on a South Pacific island with her father (Gerard Butler), a scientist; when he goes missing, Nim turns to the hero of her favorite book (also played by Butler) — and the tome’s author (Jodie Foster) — for help. Critics say Nim’s Island has an old-fashioned sense of wonder and adventure — as well as a healthy dose of girl power — that makes for an above-average kids’ adventure. But they also note the movie offers a predictable storyline and some hackneyed slapstick. Nim’s Island currently stands at 48 percent on the Tomatomenter. (Take a look at a clip from the film here.)


Abigail Breslin won’t be so joyous when she realizes she’ll need to eat grubs and berries to survive.

It appears the folks behind The Ruins feared its critical reputation would be left in ruins, since it was barely screened before its release. Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, and Shawn Ashmore star in this tale of a group of tourists who find danger lurking at a remote archaeological site — an obvious oversight by the Lonely Planet people. Kids, take your noses out of that atlas and guess the Tomatometer!


“We should have brought a tent!”

Also opening this week in limited release:

The French import Water Lilies, a delicate coming-of-age drama involving a trio of middle school girls, is at 90 percent (check out our take from Cannes here);

Jellyfish, which follows three Israeli women as their lives intersect at a wedding reception, is at 87 percent;

Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese‘s document of the Rolling Stones live (with special guests like Jack White and Christina Aguilera), is at 82 percent (check out this week’s Total Recall for a look at some of Scorsese’s lesser-known work);

Flight of the Red Balloon, Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s remake of the French classic starring Juliette Binoche, is at 69 percent;

Wong Kar-Wai‘s latest, My Blueberry Nights starring Norah Jones, Jude Law, and Natalie Portman, is at 49 percent (check out our take here, and our interview with Jones here);

And Sex and Death 101, a black comedy starring Winona Ryder and Simon Baker, is at 40 percent.


“While I’ve got you guys here, I wanted to talk about my vision for Freejack 2…”

And finally, props to Grendel-san for correctly guessing Superhero Movie‘s 17 percent Tomatometer, presumably while doing battle with Beowulf-san. One question for ya, G.S: is it hard to type with only one arm?

Recent Jodie Foster Movies:
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43% — The Brave One (2007)
87% — Inside Man (2006)
38% — Flightplan (2005)
77% — A Very Long Engagement (2004)
77% — The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

Recent George Clooney Movies:
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91% — Michael Clayton (2007)
70% — Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
33% — The Good German (2006)
73% — Syriana (2005)
94% — Good Night and Good Luck (2005)

Norah JonesAmerican songstress Norah Jones makes her feature film debut – if you excuse a brief cameo in Two Weeks Notice – in My Blueberry Nights which opens in the UK this weekend (and opens in the US on April 4). It’s also the first English-language film from renowned Chinese auteur Wong Kar-Wai, a sweepingly romantic epic which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival. No pressure then. Jones tells RT why she has taken it all in her stride.

This is your first acting job, straight into a starring role. You’re surrounded by some of the most talented actors around at the moment — was that intimidating at all?

Norah Jones: No… I mean, I felt definitely they were more confident in what they do — they know what’s going on and I don’t, but they’re all really easy to work with and such nice, normal people, and they really made me feel comfortable. Also, they’re great actors, so I believed their characters — especially because I didn’t really know them. We got to know each other as we were shooting, but in the beginning I didn’t really know Natalie Portman, and I’m wasn’t really thinking “That’s Natalie.” I was thinking, “Wow, that’s an interesting character — what a weirdo!”

But before you got on set, did you feel the need to study?

NJ: I did, I felt the need to study acting, and I wanted to do a good job — I wasn’t taking it lightly, and I didn’t want to be laughed at if I could help it! I found a good acting teacher, and I asked [Wong Kar-Wai], “Can you tell me what to work on? Can you tell me something about the story, the character, anything?” He said, “No, and I don’t want you to take acting lessons — I think you should stop. It’s okay, you’ll be fine — you’re a natural.” And I’m saying, “How do you know that? You don’t know that! You’ve never seen me do anything!” He was so sure of himself though that I just believed him, so I stopped.

My Blueberry Nights

Were you afraid of becoming a name on the list of failed singer-turned-actors?

NJ: No, because I don’t think I’m doing the kind of film here… this is not Glitter, first of all. It’s not all about me, as a singer or whatever — it certainly doesn’t have the same kind of pressure attached to it for me.

Wong Kar-Wai has said that he built Elizabeth’s character from hearing your voice. Did he then try to change you to become the character, or was it all about fitting the character to you?

“This is not Glitter. I don’t think I’m doing that kind of film here.”

NJ: I think he definitely let me be myself, but certainly as far as my body language goes, the first two weeks of shooting he was constantly coming up to me going, “Norah, shoulders back — stand up straight!” So there were things about my body language that he needed to tune. It was kind of funny, because I’d never thought about that before.

And the rest is all you?

NJ: Yeah. He would even change things sometimes, if my reaction wasn’t honest — I’m kind of bad at faking things, so maybe in a typical film I wouldn’t be good at acting. It’s pretty obvious when I’m not genuine, and he knows that. He never wanted me to fake anything, which again was why having such great actors around was good — I could honestly react to their character, because I believed them.

So given that he cast you from your singing, do you see a connection between your songs and his films?

NJ: Somebody who saw the film said to me once, “I really liked the film, it was like a very sweet ballad.” And of course, I sing a lot of quiet ballad music, so there’s a similarity there. Chungking Express is not a ballad, that’s a different kind of movie, but certainly some of his movies are melancholy, and slow moving, and subtle. Likewise, I think the way I make music is with a lot of subtleties that people don’t always catch – but to me they’re there, and of course I make melancholy, quiet music. That’s the only relation I can think of. I think mood-wise it can be similar, but not everything — not when I sing country music, maybe!

My Blueberry Nights

Do you feel there’s anything in common between the way he filmed the women in this film and the women in his Hong Kong films? Do you think there’s a way he looks at women?

NJ: I do, but I’m not sure if I could put it into words… I think he admires women very much, and it’s a womanly thing. Whenever I was doing the stuff in New York with Jude Law, he would always make me more womanly, because I’m kind of a dude; I don’t really carry myself as a woman, you know? I’m not like that – some people are just like that. So he was constantly trying to get me to move a hair on my neck, and then tell me to wipe it away in the middle of a scene, stuff like that. He definitely tends towards the beauty of the feminine thing, I think.

This is Wong’s first English language film. Did you ever find any aspects of culture shock?

NJ: He said something quite recently which I felt but had never actually heard him say; he said he studied our country, our culture and grew up watching beautiful American cinema, but he’s never going to be an American director, because he just culturally can’t be. So this film was, in a way, a tribute to a lot of the American films, music and culture that he grew up watching. I think we all felt that that the movie and these characters represent his view of America, and it’s a very romantic view, but in a good way. You can go to Memphis, and people don’t wear diner costumes like me any more, you know? That’s a romantic view; it’s from another era. And a woman like Rachel Weisz‘s character probably doesn’t exist today — maybe 40 years ago, but she represents an idea, an impression.

Did you give advice on the soundtrack?

NJ: He asked for suggestions, he showed me pictures of the locations. So I suggested the Cat Power, and the Otis Redding, and especially because we were going to be in Memphis, I suggested this Cassandra Wilson cover of a Neil Young song, and he ended up using all of those in the film, which was cool — everything else, he picked. The Ry Cooder? that was all him.

My Blueberry Nights

My Blueberry Nights seems to have the heart of a road movie…

NJ: I think it was meant to be one. There’s not a lot of travelling in the end product, it was meant to be more of a road movie I think. It’s still about journeying to different places, but it’s more implied.

That must be something you relate to.

NJ: Well I travel quite a bit these days with touring yeah, but even as a kid my Mom and I took a lot of road trip vacations – it’s cheap, and gosh it’s a beautiful country to take a road trip in. We lived in Texas, and it takes forever to get anywhere because Texas is so big, but if you go west it’s gorgeous, and if you head east, you get into America’s South; a completely different culture, and equally gorgeous. So I did relate to it, yes.

“[The kiss] took three days, because they were trying to figure it out, it was very technical.”

The colour palate on this film feels a lot like Chungking Express

NJ: Yeah, the café, I think was meant to feel a little bit like that. Or maybe not meant to, but it does for many people feel like that. We shot in a real café, but of course they dress it up they way they want.

Really? We would have sworn that was a meticulously designed studio set…

NJ: No, in fact nothing was done in a studio; it was all shot in real places. But William Chang – his partner who does all the set design and costuming – everything has to go by him. He’s basically the art director for everything. He’s a genius, and he chooses the most amazing colours and things. The scene where Natalie and I are in the bed, for example, there’s these wallpaper things on the wall. He had come in and completely wallpapered the whole room, but he didn’t just use wallpaper – he put a black square in every sequence of four white squares, and he went around the whole room! It’s very meticulous, but we did shoot it in real places which were half re-dressed.

My Blueberry Nights

And is it true your kissing scene took three days to shoot?

NJ: Yes — but not the ones you see. They were very quick, but we had another one which was similar — the same pose, actually, the same camera moves and everything. It took three days, because they were trying to figure it out, it was very technical. But then when we came back to it at the end, it was pretty quick.

Are you up for doing more movies in future?

NJ: I’d be open to it, but I wouldn’t want to do a ton of films. It would have to be something like this, that seemed like a cool experience, and something that I thought I was going to enjoy doing. But I’d love to do it again, and get better at it, see what I could do, but it’s very demanding on your time. It takes over your whole life, and I would only be able to do it if it was something I was really excited about.

She’s been wowing critics (and attracting a fanboy army) with her work in front of the camera for half of her life. Now, what Natalie Portman really wants to do is direct.

As Variety reports, she’s set to do just that, via her newly minted Handsomecharlie Films imprint, which has just signed a two-year production deal with Participant Productions. From the article:

Banner’s first project is “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” on which Portman plans to make her feature helming debut. Story is based on the bestselling memoir of Amos Oz, with Naomi Foner (“Running on Empty“) in negotiations to adapt the screenplay.

Handsomecharlie’s mission statement, according to the report, is to “develop socially relevant films,” which fits right in with Participant’s focus on, in Variety’s words, “such forward-thinking projects as Syriana, Good Night, and Good Luck, and An Inconvenient Truth.” Portman is quoted as saying:

“We all have the same desire to make meaningful and artistically fulfilling films and are committed to the idea of stories leading to greater empathy and action for world issues.”

In addition to her work behind the scenes, Portman will surface repeatedly on theater screens in the near future — the next few months will see her appearing in Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, The Other Boleyn Girl, and My Blueberry Nights.

Source: Variety

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