Movies starring Paul Dano

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave, sure to be a heavy hitter when the 2014 Oscar nominations are announced, is a powerful and compelling adaptation of Solomon Northup's autobiographical account of the dozen years he spent as a slave on Louisiana plantations from 18...

Run Time: 2:13
U.S. Release Date: 2013-10-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Disturbing Images, Nudity, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbander, Lupita Nyong'o, ...
Ballad of Jack and Rose, The

The Ballad of Jack and Rose is a low-key character study about a father and daughter whose idyllic lifestyle is interrupted by the arrival of three newcomers. Not much happens in this film beyond the evolution of the characters and their relationshi...

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2005-03-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Rebecca Miller
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Keener, Camilla Belle, ...
Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens is a mashup of a mediocre Western and a mediocre science fiction story. The resulting film is far better than the sum of its two seemingly disparate parts. Although a little overlong, the production will find favor not only with l...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2011-07-29
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Nudity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/WESTERN
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, ...
Gigantic

Gigantic is an offbeat romantic comedy that almost - but not quite - works. The characters and situations are a little too quirky for their own good. Everyone is skewed off-center and, while that can be charming in small measures, Gigantic overdo...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2009-04-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity, Violence)
Genre: COMEDY/ROMANCE
Director: Matt Aselton
Cast: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, ...
Girl Next Door, The

The Girl Next Door builds up enough good will during its successful first half that we're willing to forgive some of the strange and disappointing convolutions the plot takes us through during the final 45 minutes. There are two primary reasons wh...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2004-03-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Situations, Nudity, Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ROMANCE/COMEDY
Director: Luke Greenfield
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Nicholas Downs, ...
Knight and Day

The action/comedy genre has grown in popularity over the past couple of decades, but it remains difficult for filmmakers to find a workable balance between the seemingly disparate elements of the recipe. Too much action often results in marginaliz...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2010-06-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: ACTION/COMEDY
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, ...
Little Miss Sunshine

It takes a deft hand to fashion a feel-good movie with plenty of laughs and an upbeat ending out of a story that includes drug addiction, a suicide attempt, a death, Nietzsche, and Proust. Despite treading through a minefield of tone shifts, co-di...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2006-08-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: COMEDY/DRAMA
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, ...
Looper

Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a "very good" one, but a great one. It delivers on all possible levels and its missteps are few and minor. It's a rousing science fiction/fantasy tale with a dose of hard-hitting drama, a...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2012-09-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, ...
Okja

In recent years, some of the most outlandish and edgy movies have emerged from South Korea, where directors like Kim Ki-duk, Park Chan-wook, and Bong Joon-ho have challenged norms and defied conventions. The results, although not always succes...

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 2017-06-28
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity, Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Cast: Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, ...
Prisoners

Whodunits are rarely a good playground for Hollywood films. The average mystery, whether a stripped-down Agatha Christie-esque tale or a more complex endeavor, is too demanding for the structural constraints of a motion picture. As a result, when o...

Run Time: 2:25
U.S. Release Date: 2013-09-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER/DRAMA
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, ...