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Review: In 'Contraband' The Humans Aren't Nearly As Compelling As The Bullet Holes

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 11, 2012 6:30 PM
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Chris Farraday, the protagonist of “Contraband,” is a popular movie construct. Handsome, wide-shouldered, and with a movie-star smile, he’s tough enough to have done some Very Bad Things, but also principled enough to be retired by the time we meet him. Chris is an ex-drug smuggler, and the life doesn’t seem to have done much for him. Clad in form-fitting jeans and tee-shirts, he still hangs out at the same ratty bars with his low-life former criminal acquaintances. It’s a character as walking, talking movie shorthand: we know what he was, what he is, and, likely, what he’ll have to become again.

Giovanni Ribisi Says Josh Brolin Is A "Berserker" In 'Gangster Squad'; Reveals In The Works Skateboarding Documentary

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 10, 2012 3:18 PM
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Giovanni Ribisi's been playing a string of less-than-savory guys in his films of late -- the corporate shill Selfridge in "Avatar," the Hitler-loving drunk Moburg in "The Rum Diary," and the violent drug-smuggler Briggs in this week's "Contraband." So is it any wonder that Ribisi would want to explore a few characters who aren't quite dirtbags?

Austin Film Festival ‘11 Review: 'The Rum Diary' Starts Out Charming, Until The Buzz Wears Off

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 22, 2011 4:36 AM
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-- by William Goss

How Can The Cast Of 'Gangster Squad' Get Better? With Giovanni Ribisi

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 7, 2011 1:23 AM
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Warner Bros. and "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer seem to be on a mission to make every other movie in the next year or two look bad with their period actioner "Gangster Squad." A hotly-tipped, Black List-ed script, by former L.A.P.D. cop Will Beall, based on a series of articles in the L.A. Times, the 1940s-set tale has been a priority at the studio for most of the year, and has been assembling one of the most promising casts in recent memory.

Giovanni Ribisi Joins Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis For R-Rated Comedy 'Ted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2011 3:42 AM
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Seth McFarlane has added another name to his forthcoming debut into the world of featuring filmmaking, the raunchy, R-rated and partially-animated "Ted."

Diego Luna & Lukas Haas Join Mark Wahlberg's 'Contraband'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2011 2:53 AM
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With lensing set to begin shortly, the cast of the relatively low budget thriller "Contraband" is taking its final form.

Ben Foster & Giovanni Ribisi Looking To Deal 'Contraband' With Mark Wahlberg & Kate Beckinsale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2010 4:10 AM
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With production set to begin in March, things are gearing up for the Universal thriller "Contraband" that already has Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale set to star.

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