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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 10, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Clive & Julia: Is the chemistry there?

A big promotional push is in place for “Duplicity,” the romantic spy caper written and directed by Tony Gilroy (whose last film was the excellent George Clooney vehicle “Michael Clayton”). Opening March 20, the movie stars Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti — but nobody’s paying any attention to Giamatti. (They should; he’s always a gem, and for heaven’s sake, he’s playing a “buccaneer CEO.”) Instead, ads everywhere are playing up the banter between Roberts and Owen, and newspaper stories are trumpeting Roberts’ return to leading-lady-dom.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m hoping it’ll feature the kind of romantic chemistry that’s gotten increasingly rare on screen; in fact, seems like the last time I saw electricity between an onscreen couple was in the otherwise disappointing “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” last summer. Roberts and Owen have shared a screen before, and though “Closer” (2004) was far from comedy, the two forged a real and often wrenching connection. So, even though I’m getting tired of the thong line (it’s in the trailer and the TV ad), I’m looking forward to “Duplicity.” Are you?

(Photo courtesy Universal Pictures)

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