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John C. Reilly

Scene Stealer: Boogie Nights

Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) charts the rise and fall, and rise of pornstar newcomer Dirk Diggler. In a pivotal scene, the well-trodden territory of a tense drug deal is injected with a dose of levity before it finally shoots…

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

More than a decade after he was last spotted dangling from the Empire State building in Peter Jackson’s courageous remake, King Kong comes roaring back onto our screens in Kong: Skull Island. With Legendary Entertainment firmly fixed on a…

The Lobster (2015)

If you could turn into any animal, what would you choose? An academic question where we come from, in Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ universe it’s a practical matter requiring careful consideration. In his surreal dystopian romantic…

Life After Beth (2014)

Life After Beth is a film that very much feels as if it wants to have its cake and eat it. Or, perhaps, replace cake with brains. It will end up tagged as yet another zom-rom-com when it doesn't really deserve to be lumped in with others of…

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is a videogame villain who dreams of doing something more with his life. He doesn't really like being the bad guy and feels that his work is never appreciated. He certainly never gets a medal. So one day he…

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

In this day and age, who doesn't like a wannabe hero? A guy who wants to save the day, get the girl, as well as adoring and grateful folks fawning at his feet instead of falling down a cliff and smattering into a million pieces. This is the…

The Dictator (2012)

The Dictator was a movie that I had little interest in when it was released and knew little about. Star Sacha Baron Cohen had been out and about, pulling a number of stunts while in character, and I admit that I thought he was pushing his…

Carnage (2011)

Irony lies at the heart of Roman Polanski’s latest film and thankfully it is all intentional. Firstly, there is the fact that the director himself made a film set in Brooklyn and about American characters but shot it in France due to his…