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Martin Donovan

Director, Actor

TrustTrust (1990)
Dir. Hal Hartley
Feat. Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan, Edie Falco
A blackly comic examination of suburban neuroses with Adrienne Shelly returning for the director as a college drop–out who befriends an equally…
Surviving DesireSurviving Desire (Hal Hartley Shorts) (1991)
Dir. Hal Hartley
Feat. Martin Donovan
The hour–long 'Surviving Desire' is an earlier Hartley work that focuses on Hartley's world of the 'college–educated slacker' whose…
Simple MenSimple Men (1992)
Dir. Hal Hartley
Feat. Robert Burke, Bill Sage, Martin Donovan
Hartley's third feature re–visits his deadpan, sexy and intellectual world in which two brothers set off to find their estranged father.
AmateurAmateur (1995)
Dir. Hal Hartley
Feat. Isabelle Huppert, Martin Donovan, Elina Lowensohn
Hal Hartley approaches the conventions of a thriller in further probing his fixation with dysfunctional romance and relationships, and thus checks in…
FlirtFlirt (1995)
Dir. Hal Hartley
Feat. Parker Posey, Martin Donovan
Moderately successful filmic experiment from Hal Hartley, peddling his usual studied ironies in a story told three times over, in New York, Berlin…
Hollow ReedHollow Reed (1996) Aro Favourite
Dir. Angela Pope
Feat. Sam Bould, Martin Donovan, Joely Richardson
An exceptional and gripping British drama is made of delicate subjects –child abuse, custody rangling, homosexuality. The women…
Opposite of Sex, TheOpposite of Sex, The (1998) Recommended
Dir. Don Roos
Feat. Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow
Teenage tearaway Christina Ricci sets off a wild goose chain of frantically convoluted events when she steals her gay half–brother's boyfriend…
Living Out LoudLiving Out Loud (1998) Recommended
Dir. Richard LaGravenese
Feat. Holly Hunter, Queen Latifah, Danny De Vito
Facing up to life without her philandering husband, a nurse (Holly Hunter) forges unlikely friendships with a jazz club chanteuse (Queen Latifah) and…
Book of LifeBook of Life (1998) Recommended
Dir. Hal Hartley
Feat. Martin Donovan, Polly Jean Harvey, Thomas Jay Ryan
The return of Jesus Christ in the hours prior to Armageddon, December 31, 1999, is told in a series of wry, amusing and thoughtful scenes by indie…
HeavenHeaven (1999) Aro Favourite
Dir. Scott Reynolds
Feat. Martin Donovan, Joanna Going, Danny Edwards
Banished into virtual anonymity by Miramax studio indifference, we can only assume they found this 'arty' thriller too slippery to pigeonhole and…
Great Gatsby, TheGreat Gatsby, The (1999)
Dir. Robert Markowitz
Feat. Mira Sorvino, Paul Rudd, Toby Stephens
Competent adaptation that stays close to Fitzgerald's "Great American Novel" about a mysterious millionaire who determines to win back his flighty…
InsomniaInsomnia (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Christopher Nolan
Feat. Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank
Consummate thriller from the director of “Memento” is an exemplary remake that follows closely yet deftly refines the well–regarded yet…
Pipe DreamPipe Dream (2002)
Dir. John C Walsh
Feat. Martin Donovan, Mary-Louise Parker, Rebecca Gayheart
Snubbed as a serious romantic partner because he is a plumber, Martin Donovan decides to masquerade as a film director in order to attract women and…
Agent Cody BanksAgent Cody Banks (2003) Recommended
Dir. Harald Zwart
Feat. Frankie Muniz, Cynthia Stevenson, Hilary Duff
Teen heart–throb Frankie Munz plays a junior CIA agent in this lightweight but savvy James Bond–parody. Skateboarding his way into a…
Saved!Saved! (2004)
Dir. Brian Dannelly
Feat. Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin
Satire of 90s Christian teen mores sees Jena Malone ostracised by her righteous friends after becoming pregnant. Surprising lack of bite is…
Quiet, TheQuiet, The (2005)
Dir. Jamie Babbitt
Feat. Elisha Cuthbert, Camilla Belle, Martin Donovan
A creepy teenage melodrama about an orphaned deaf–mute girl (Belle) who goes to live in suburbia with her godparents (Falco, Donovan) and…
Weeds (TV Series)Weeds (TV Series) (2005-2012) Recommended
Feat. Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, Justin Kirk
Tinkering with suburban values and the illusion they help maintain, this wry and caustic comedy of affluence trafficks the drug trade of a widowed…
Sentinel, TheSentinel, The (2006)
Dir. Clark Johnson
Feat. Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria
A political conspiracy thriller with plenty of gun–cocked posturing involves veteran secret service agent Michael Douglas, implicated in a…
Wind ChillWind Chill (2007)
Dir. Gregory Jacobs
Feat. Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes, Martin Donovan
A prickly college student (Blunt) catches a ride home for Christmas with a random classmate, but when their car ploughs off the icy road, stranding…
UnthinkableUnthinkable (2010)
Dir. Gregor Jordan
Feat. Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen
Troubling psychological thriller with Sheen as a terrorist suspect who won't divulge the whereabouts of rogue nuclear weapons, Jackson and Moss…
William VincentWilliam Vincent (Shadows and Lies) (2010)
Dir. Jay Anania
Feat. James Franco, Martin Donovan, Josh Lucas
A quiet criminal recounts the eccentric path that has brought him to New York – after four years in exile, to rescue the favourite call girl of…
CollaboratorCollaborator (2011)
Dir. Martin Donovan
Feat. Martin Donovan, David Morse, Olivia Williams
A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run–in with his former neighbor, a right–wing ex–con.
Reluctant Fundamentalist, TheReluctant Fundamentalist, The (2012)
Dir. Mira Nair
Feat. Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber
A Pakistani Princeton graduate's life in America is shattered in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in this searing adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's…
NurseNurse (2013)
Dir. Douglas Aarniokoski
Feat. Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Judd Nelson
Paz de la Huerta plays devoted nurse by day, murderous man–hater by night. A trashy, if glossily conceived exploitation film with more than a…
Inherent ViceInherent Vice (2014) Recommended
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Feat. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson
Dir. PT Anderson brings Thomas Pynchon faithfully to the big screen in this dope–addled, shaggy–dog comedy in which Joaquin Phoenix stars…
Ant-ManAnt-Man (2015) Recommended
Dir. Peyton Reed
Feat. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll
The Marvel film universe continues to expand with this fitfully amusing entry in which Paul Rudd acquires a crime–conquering super–suit…
AftermathAftermath (2017)
Dir. Elliott Lester
Feat. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace
Dramatic thriller from the director of NIGHTINGALE, with Schwarzenegger playing a grieving man whose family dies in a devastating aircraft collision.…
Come to DaddyCome to Daddy (2019) Recommended
Dir. Ant Timpson
Feat. Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Michael Smiley
Wildly inventive horror–comedy from New Zealand producer and "Incredibly Strange" film festival honcho Ant Timpson in his directorial debut. A…

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