Monday, March 23, 2009

Duplicity or How Julia and Clive sizzle

Written and Directed by
Tony Gilroy
Starring: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson & Paul Giammati

Recipe for a smartly written adult spy comedy film:

- Add 2 A-List actors with great on-screen chemistry.
- Add an Oscar-nominated writer/director and a crackling script.
- Sprinkle a few seasoned actors in the supporting cast.
- Simmer with the score of a certain James Newton Howard.
- Glaze with Roger Elswit's lens.


Duplicity is sexy, funny, smart, quick-witted and maddeningly (but entertainingly) confusing. Scene that pays for the ticket alone: seeing Julia Roberts react to Carrie Preston's sob-filled confession. Watch that scene and I dare you to not agree that Julia is not one of the greatest comedic actresses of our time. A-

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