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December 12, 2004 | Mark Olsen
Having been famously discovered while sitting on her front stoop in New York City, Rosario Dawson has moved smoothly from rough-edged indie-fare like "Kids" to sleek, big-budget extravaganzas such as "Men in Black II." Though her latest film, Oliver Stone's "Alexander," in which she appears alongside high-wattage co-stars Angelina Jolie, Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer, has received a thumping in the media, her unbridled enthusiasm for the project is downright infectious.
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April 4, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Don't look to be entranced by "Trance. " It starts out like a house afire, but by the time it's over we're the ones feeling burned. A slick heist tale with more twists than sense, this is one movie that ends up outsmarting itself. Both the good and the bad things in "Trance" are traceable to director Danny Boyle, who assembled the capable cast (James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson) and has long wanted to film this project. As co-written by Joe Ahearne (whose 2001 British TV movie was the basis for this production)
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July 7, 2002 | CLARE KLEINEDLER
A heavily bearded man in his late 30s is shifting nervously on the sidewalk outside La Conversation cafe on Los Angeles' Westside. With a Sharpie in one hand and a few ripped-out magazine pages in the other, he musters the courage to make his approach. "Um, hello ... I have this magazine, and I've gotten everyone else's autograph and yours is the only one I don't have yet," he stammers. His hands are shaking and his forehead is beaded with sweat.
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September 13, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy "10 Years" allows audiences to pretend they went to high school with the likes of Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara. But at some point, they are also going to have to pretend the film, written and directed by Jamie Linden (the screenwriter of "Dear John" and the fine "We Are Marshall"), is deeper and more essential than it actually is; there's a lot of been-there, done-that going on. That said, this very distant, slightly more youthful cousin to "The Big Chill" presents a convincing version of a 10-year high school reunion, one that eschews excess and melodrama for a wistful visit with a clutch of decent guys and gals who've chugged forward over the last decade, some more happily - and expectedly - than others.
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September 13, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy "10 Years" allows audiences to pretend they went to high school with the likes of Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara. But at some point, they are also going to have to pretend the film, written and directed by Jamie Linden (the screenwriter of "Dear John" and the fine "We Are Marshall"), is deeper and more essential than it actually is; there's a lot of been-there, done-that going on. That said, this very distant, slightly more youthful cousin to "The Big Chill" presents a convincing version of a 10-year high school reunion, one that eschews excess and melodrama for a wistful visit with a clutch of decent guys and gals who've chugged forward over the last decade, some more happily - and expectedly - than others.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Don't look to be entranced by "Trance. " It starts out like a house afire, but by the time it's over we're the ones feeling burned. A slick heist tale with more twists than sense, this is one movie that ends up outsmarting itself. Both the good and the bad things in "Trance" are traceable to director Danny Boyle, who assembled the capable cast (James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson) and has long wanted to film this project. As co-written by Joe Ahearne (whose 2001 British TV movie was the basis for this production)
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December 18, 2008 | Chris Willman
America might be facing severe job shrinkage, but once in a while you still find a position opening up that hasn't been available for some time. Like this one: "romantic leading lady in a Will Smith drama." That vacancy has been filled in "Seven Pounds" by Rosario Dawson, who's better known for her prominent roles in indie films than her smaller ones in studio pictures. The film, in theaters Friday, pivots rather crucially on Smith's deeply cynical character falling hopelessly in love.
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November 11, 2010
Since her debut in 1995's controversial "Kids" at age 16, Rosario Dawson has appeared in blockbusters ("Men in Black II"), epics ("Alexander"), musicals ("Rent"), acclaimed indies ("A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints") and cult favorites ("Grindhouse," "Sin City"). Perhaps her most acclaimed performance so far was in 2008's "Seven Pounds. " Her personal favorite, though, may be the little-seen rape-revenge drama "Descent" (2007), which she also produced. She wishes more people had seen it. "It bums me out. That movie was the beginning of being a better actor, being able to call myself an actor.
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November 11, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Rosario Dawson has remarkable diction for someone who talks so quickly ? and, as she readily points out, someone who never formally trained in acting, a point that has shadowed her for more than a decade. "It's been the past couple of years that I thought I could say that I'm an actor," says Dawson in rapid-fire speech. She was discovered on her Manhattan stoop as a teen and cast in 1995's "Kids," but with that stroke of fortune came a haunting insecurity. "I was waiting for that Apollo [Theatre]
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February 13, 2009 | Susan King
"The Secret Life of Bees" won outstanding film of 2008 at the 40th annual NAACP Image Awards on Thursday evening. The female-driven drama also won outstanding director for Gina Prince-Bythewood. Will Smith and Rosario Dawson were named outstanding actor and actress for "Seven Pounds." Taraji P. Henson won supporting actress for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and Columbus Short earned supporting actor honors for "Cadillac Records."
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November 11, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Rosario Dawson has remarkable diction for someone who talks so quickly ? and, as she readily points out, someone who never formally trained in acting, a point that has shadowed her for more than a decade. "It's been the past couple of years that I thought I could say that I'm an actor," says Dawson in rapid-fire speech. She was discovered on her Manhattan stoop as a teen and cast in 1995's "Kids," but with that stroke of fortune came a haunting insecurity. "I was waiting for that Apollo [Theatre]
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2010
Since her debut in 1995's controversial "Kids" at age 16, Rosario Dawson has appeared in blockbusters ("Men in Black II"), epics ("Alexander"), musicals ("Rent"), acclaimed indies ("A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints") and cult favorites ("Grindhouse," "Sin City"). Perhaps her most acclaimed performance so far was in 2008's "Seven Pounds. " Her personal favorite, though, may be the little-seen rape-revenge drama "Descent" (2007), which she also produced. She wishes more people had seen it. "It bums me out. That movie was the beginning of being a better actor, being able to call myself an actor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2009 | Susan King
"The Secret Life of Bees" won outstanding film of 2008 at the 40th annual NAACP Image Awards on Thursday evening. The female-driven drama also won outstanding director for Gina Prince-Bythewood. Will Smith and Rosario Dawson were named outstanding actor and actress for "Seven Pounds." Taraji P. Henson won supporting actress for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and Columbus Short earned supporting actor honors for "Cadillac Records."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2008 | Chris Willman
America might be facing severe job shrinkage, but once in a while you still find a position opening up that hasn't been available for some time. Like this one: "romantic leading lady in a Will Smith drama." That vacancy has been filled in "Seven Pounds" by Rosario Dawson, who's better known for her prominent roles in indie films than her smaller ones in studio pictures. The film, in theaters Friday, pivots rather crucially on Smith's deeply cynical character falling hopelessly in love.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2004 | Mark Olsen
Having been famously discovered while sitting on her front stoop in New York City, Rosario Dawson has moved smoothly from rough-edged indie-fare like "Kids" to sleek, big-budget extravaganzas such as "Men in Black II." Though her latest film, Oliver Stone's "Alexander," in which she appears alongside high-wattage co-stars Angelina Jolie, Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer, has received a thumping in the media, her unbridled enthusiasm for the project is downright infectious.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2002 | CLARE KLEINEDLER
A heavily bearded man in his late 30s is shifting nervously on the sidewalk outside La Conversation cafe on Los Angeles' Westside. With a Sharpie in one hand and a few ripped-out magazine pages in the other, he musters the courage to make his approach. "Um, hello ... I have this magazine, and I've gotten everyone else's autograph and yours is the only one I don't have yet," he stammers. His hands are shaking and his forehead is beaded with sweat.
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April 8, 2007 | ELIZABETH SNEAD
QUENTIN TARANTINO really knows how to get old in style. Hollywood's former mauvais garcon celebrated his big 4-4 birthday at the "Grindhouse" premiere after-party held March 26 near the historic Orpheum Theatre, where he used to watch early exploitation films when he was young. 1. The writer-director huffed 'n' puffed and blew out all his candles and led his peeps, 2. including Vanessa Ferlito, left, and Rosario Dawson, on a careening conga line. 3.
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March 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Cesar Chavez, the man who became the face of disenfranchised California farmworkers, was many things: courageous, controversial, quietly charismatic, politically astute, singular in his focus. "Cesar Chavez" the movie, starring Michael Peña as the Mexican American activist and America Ferrera as his wife, Helen, could use more of those qualities. Chavez was loved, hated and feared, at times by friend and foe alike, for his impassioned fight to unionize immigrant pickers and pruners beginning in the late 1960s.
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