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02.23.2015

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This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity* and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

Jennifer Connelly

The Case

The Prosecution: Winter's Tale, Stuck in Love, Virginia, Salvation Boulevard, The Dilemma, He's Just Not That Into You, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Reservation Road, Dark Water, Inventing the Abbotts

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Jennifer Connelly is a very talented, Oscar-winning actress who has given us several amazing performances since her breakout role in Labyrinth. Unfortunately, she's appeared in quite a few negatively reviewed films in recent years, with last year's Noah being her first fresh film since 2006's Little Children.

The prosecution certainly isn't trying claim that Miss Connelly is a bad actress or that she's been phoning it in these past few years. Even in her worst-reviewed movie (Virginia, which is at 4% at Rotten Tomatoes) Miss Connelly received high praise for her performance. However, in the prosecution's opinion she's been slumming a bit by appearing in projects below her talents.

While Miss Connelly doesn't always need to star in depressing dramas or Oscar bait films (although that hasn't worked out that well for her recently either), she does need to stay away from movies like Winter's Tale, The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Dilemma. Again, it's not like Miss Connelly was awful in these films, but as a whole, her latest movies have left a lot to be desired. Obviously the prosecution isn't trying to blame Miss Connelly for weak scripts and bad directing, but she is guilty of picking subpar projects to work on in recent years, and she needs to spend a few weeks in Movie Jail for her crimes.

Virginia Jennifer Connelly

The Defense: Noah, Creation, 9, Little Children, Blood Diamond, House of Sand and Fog, Hulk, A Beautiful Mind, Pollock, A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream, Dark City, Mulholland Falls, The Rocketeer, Labyrinth

Ladies and gentlemen, my client is an extremely gifted and accomplished actress, and while one could argue that Miss Connelly's recent films have been hit-or-miss, the defense believes tossing her in prison is completely unnecessary.

As the prosecution points out, you almost never get a weak performance from Miss Connelly, and the actress has built up a ton of goodwill with fantastic turns in films like Dark City, Requiem for a Dream and House of Sand and Fog. Miss Connelly has also dabbled in everything from comedies and dramas to horror and sci-fi. They haven't all been winners (Dark Water, Reservation Road), but you have to give the actress credit for not sticking to just one or two genres.

The defense thinks it's very unlikely that the jury will want to put Miss Connelly behind bars, even with her mostly poorly received recent movies. Perhaps she needs to have a conversation with her agent, but Miss Connelly definitely doesn't belong in Movie Jail next to actresses like Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.

Noah Jennifer Connelly

IN CLOSING...

What should we do with Miss Connelly? Have you been unimpressed with her recent films and believe the actress needs to visit the big house? Or do you think it's ludicrous that she's even being considered for Movie Jail? Is Jennifer Connelly GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyway, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

The Dilemma Jennifer Connelly

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis won't be sharing a cell with her actor fiance Ashton Kutcher; the Jupiter Ascending star was found NOT GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial. Most of the jury said although Miss Kunis isn't the strongest actress, she isn't a terrible one either, and she doesn't deserve to go to Movie Jail. Being smoking hot helped Miss Kunis out a lot as well, but many jury members also said she seems to be a genuinely nice person.

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2:40AM on 02/25/2015

Not Guilty....

She's not only an outstanding actress, she's smoking hot and has done some insanely sexy roles throughout her career.

BTW, please don't use Noah to defend her. That was a crap movie that only broke even at the box office (and she was mediocre in a part that didn't really have anything for her to do.
She's not only an outstanding actress, she's smoking hot and has done some insanely sexy roles throughout her career.

BTW, please don't use Noah to defend her. That was a crap movie that only broke even at the box office (and she was mediocre in a part that didn't really have anything for her to do.
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2:18PM on 02/24/2015

SUPER FAIL! - (OF COURSE) NOT GUILTS

That Not Guilts List if beyond tainted my life... They should of atleast been forced to fight their case in county jail and got stabbed for everyone of their bad films.. Like if they wer child molesters lol Plus She has beyond perfect roles in every one of her movies.. WHEN IT COMES TO AN ACTOR SHE IS ONE BEYOND COMPERISON
That Not Guilts List if beyond tainted my life... They should of atleast been forced to fight their case in county jail and got stabbed for everyone of their bad films.. Like if they wer child molesters lol Plus She has beyond perfect roles in every one of her movies.. WHEN IT COMES TO AN ACTOR SHE IS ONE BEYOND COMPERISON
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1:00PM on 02/24/2015

Not guilty

She is as good or better than she has ever been in my opinion.
She is as good or better than she has ever been in my opinion.
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8:53PM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

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6:14PM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

Her genuinely good films outweigh her just cashing in a paycheck films by a considerable margin.
Her genuinely good films outweigh her just cashing in a paycheck films by a considerable margin.
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5:13PM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

I will always have a soft spot for Jennifer Connelly. She was one of my first crushes after I saw her in Dark City. She earned her Oscar in A Beautiful Mind, and I thought she was sure to be nominated for House of Sand and Fog. Yes she may not have had many memorable movies recently, but as many have pointed her lackluster roles lately have been more of the result of age bias against actresses. Not Guilty
I will always have a soft spot for Jennifer Connelly. She was one of my first crushes after I saw her in Dark City. She earned her Oscar in A Beautiful Mind, and I thought she was sure to be nominated for House of Sand and Fog. Yes she may not have had many memorable movies recently, but as many have pointed her lackluster roles lately have been more of the result of age bias against actresses. Not Guilty
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5:02PM on 02/23/2015

Not guilty

Jennifer Connelly is one of the best actresses of her generation. But she's also in that unfortunate place in an actresses career where the roles are just not coming in. Unless she takes some sort of YA novel bad guy, or gets the starring role in a TV show, she's going to be playing a lot of moms, with the occasional older girlfriend role.
Jennifer Connelly is one of the best actresses of her generation. But she's also in that unfortunate place in an actresses career where the roles are just not coming in. Unless she takes some sort of YA novel bad guy, or gets the starring role in a TV show, she's going to be playing a lot of moms, with the occasional older girlfriend role.
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3:50PM on 02/23/2015
Nope, never guilty. I don't care how bad her movies get. She's a Hollywood treasure. There are a good number of actors who have done so much in their career that, at some point, them doing bad movies doesn't really matter. It's why I can't really be mad about DeNiro having such a crappy late career. Connelly is one of those actors. So, nope, not guilty.
Nope, never guilty. I don't care how bad her movies get. She's a Hollywood treasure. There are a good number of actors who have done so much in their career that, at some point, them doing bad movies doesn't really matter. It's why I can't really be mad about DeNiro having such a crappy late career. Connelly is one of those actors. So, nope, not guilty.
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2:05PM on 02/23/2015

Lost her Way

I think she is a good actress, but I believe she is just phoning it in now for paychecks to fund her family vacations while husband Paul does the art house scene. So I have to say "GUILTY".
I think she is a good actress, but I believe she is just phoning it in now for paychecks to fund her family vacations while husband Paul does the art house scene. So I have to say "GUILTY".
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12:55PM on 02/23/2015

Career average: 4.8/10.

You're right that she's rarely the worst part of her movies, but she's an Oscar winner for God's sake! One or two bumps in the road can be forgiven, but she took a huge dive. She's Guilty.

She was great in REQUIEM, BEAUTIFUL MIND and SAND AND FOG. She was decent in HULK, DARK WATER, BLOOD DIAMOND and THE DILEMMA. She was the weakest (but not worst) part of NOAH and NOT THAT INTO YOU. She didn't stand out in any way in LITTLE CHILDREN, EARTH STOOD STILL, 9 and WINTER'S TALE. All I can say
You're right that she's rarely the worst part of her movies, but she's an Oscar winner for God's sake! One or two bumps in the road can be forgiven, but she took a huge dive. She's Guilty.

She was great in REQUIEM, BEAUTIFUL MIND and SAND AND FOG. She was decent in HULK, DARK WATER, BLOOD DIAMOND and THE DILEMMA. She was the weakest (but not worst) part of NOAH and NOT THAT INTO YOU. She didn't stand out in any way in LITTLE CHILDREN, EARTH STOOD STILL, 9 and WINTER'S TALE. All I can say about her in THE ROCKETEER is that she looked hot as Hell!

Next week: Kelsey Grammer. He just won a Razzie for being in 4 bad movies in one year.
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1:08PM on 02/23/2015
Name any actor/actress that has a perfect career, Oscar winner or not? Just because they have an Oscar doesn't mean they always have to be in good movies. If that's your argument here, then it would be considered a mistrial.
Name any actor/actress that has a perfect career, Oscar winner or not? Just because they have an Oscar doesn't mean they always have to be in good movies. If that's your argument here, then it would be considered a mistrial.
11:49AM on 02/23/2015

Surprised the defense used Hulk

While I consider it a great movie and Eric Bana > Mark Ruffalo and Connelly was way better than Liv Tyler, most people mention that movie with disdain. I'm happy that people at least recognize the talented acting that went into it. Obviously NOT GUILTY.
While I consider it a great movie and Eric Bana > Mark Ruffalo and Connelly was way better than Liv Tyler, most people mention that movie with disdain. I'm happy that people at least recognize the talented acting that went into it. Obviously NOT GUILTY.
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11:42AM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

Have to agree with the majority here.... shame on you prosecution
Have to agree with the majority here.... shame on you prosecution
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11:23AM on 02/23/2015

Ehhh... not guilty

I used to think she was one of the hottest actresses out there, till she dropped so much weight she didn't look recognizable. That isn't her fault, but some of her film choices have been rough.
I used to think she was one of the hottest actresses out there, till she dropped so much weight she didn't look recognizable. That isn't her fault, but some of her film choices have been rough.
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10:26AM on 02/23/2015

No... Just no. Not Guilty.

This was a fun column while there was some people who have made some really dodgy movie choices... Nicholas Cage I am looking at you.
Now it does seem to be whoever has a film out the coming week, regardless of whether that person is worthy or not.
If it is that much of struggle to find decent nominees then find a new article for mondays.
This was a fun column while there was some people who have made some really dodgy movie choices... Nicholas Cage I am looking at you.
Now it does seem to be whoever has a film out the coming week, regardless of whether that person is worthy or not.
If it is that much of struggle to find decent nominees then find a new article for mondays.
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1:01PM on 02/23/2015
Ummm... She doesn't have a new movie coming out this or next week. Actually, unless SHELTER finds a distribuitor, she won't have a new movie coming out until next year (AMERICAN PASTORAL).
Ummm... She doesn't have a new movie coming out this or next week. Actually, unless SHELTER finds a distribuitor, she won't have a new movie coming out until next year (AMERICAN PASTORAL).
10:08AM on 02/23/2015

not guilty

She has had a long career of well over 30 years, so yea she doesn't even deserve to be put on trial. Sounds like this column is running out of people to put up.
She has had a long career of well over 30 years, so yea she doesn't even deserve to be put on trial. Sounds like this column is running out of people to put up.
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9:58AM on 02/23/2015

Why is she even nominated?

I will keep repeating this until someone at Joblo listens: no actress over 40 should ever be blamed for the bad films she makes. Other than for a handful of them, they no longer have any control on how their career go, even when they are still as stunningly beautiful as Jennifer Connelly.

Still, she barely needs that defense anyway. Her bad movies are usually a result of her taking risks and she has built quite a career for herself. Despite all my issues with Noah, it was a big project for
I will keep repeating this until someone at Joblo listens: no actress over 40 should ever be blamed for the bad films she makes. Other than for a handful of them, they no longer have any control on how their career go, even when they are still as stunningly beautiful as Jennifer Connelly.

Still, she barely needs that defense anyway. Her bad movies are usually a result of her taking risks and she has built quite a career for herself. Despite all my issues with Noah, it was a big project for an important director so she's still taken seriously by the right people to have good movies ahead of her.
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1:00PM on 02/23/2015
Sometimes, we have to treat these trials like they were real. If someone committed a crime without being forced at gunpoint, they'd be charged regardless of the conditions. That also applies to actresses over 40 who star in bad films.
Sometimes, we have to treat these trials like they were real. If someone committed a crime without being forced at gunpoint, they'd be charged regardless of the conditions. That also applies to actresses over 40 who star in bad films.
9:48AM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

This must be a joke. All the sub par films she was, she was the least of the problems. Plus, I've been dreaming about her since Labyrinth.
This must be a joke. All the sub par films she was, she was the least of the problems. Plus, I've been dreaming about her since Labyrinth.
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9:46AM on 02/23/2015

Not guilty

The only criminal here is the one who put Noah into the Defense category! Whoever you are, you belong in Movie Jail!!
The only criminal here is the one who put Noah into the Defense category! Whoever you are, you belong in Movie Jail!!
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9:42AM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

Jennifer Connelly is an amazing actress who has one major problem: there aren't that many great roles for women who are over 40 who aren't Meryl Streep. As even the prosecution admitted, her performances have always been stellar, even if the movies aren't that good. You also have to give her credit for the fact that she's not the star of many of those recent films, she's supporting cast.
Jennifer Connelly is an amazing actress who has one major problem: there aren't that many great roles for women who are over 40 who aren't Meryl Streep. As even the prosecution admitted, her performances have always been stellar, even if the movies aren't that good. You also have to give her credit for the fact that she's not the star of many of those recent films, she's supporting cast.
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9:37AM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

Jennifer Connelly is amazing. She just needs to be in a ton of movies all the time. Some will be hits and some will be misses. No matter, I love this actress.
Jennifer Connelly is amazing. She just needs to be in a ton of movies all the time. Some will be hits and some will be misses. No matter, I love this actress.
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9:33AM on 02/23/2015

Not guilty

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9:32AM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

With no hesitation at all I say that. She's phenomenal.
With no hesitation at all I say that. She's phenomenal.
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8:58AM on 02/23/2015

GUILTY.....NEVER!!!

Amazing actress even in terrible movies.
Amazing actress even in terrible movies.
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8:55AM on 02/23/2015
Acquitted on all charges. Even in "bad films" she is phenomenal.
Acquitted on all charges. Even in "bad films" she is phenomenal.
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8:24AM on 02/23/2015

Once Upon A Time In America

= life pass, even or a small character

and DARK WATER is sooooooooooooooooooo UNDERRATED !!!!
= life pass, even or a small character

and DARK WATER is sooooooooooooooooooo UNDERRATED !!!!
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9:34AM on 02/23/2015
I saw Dark Water the other day for the first time and I was expecting it to be a mediocre horror film with cheap scares (like Boogeyman or Hide and Seek) and it surprised me. She sold the hell out of that movie. Very underrated.
I saw Dark Water the other day for the first time and I was expecting it to be a mediocre horror film with cheap scares (like Boogeyman or Hide and Seek) and it surprised me. She sold the hell out of that movie. Very underrated.
8:14AM on 02/23/2015
Nope. The only thing she's guilty of is reducing the fullness of her curves over the years.
Nope. The only thing she's guilty of is reducing the fullness of her curves over the years.
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8:11AM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

A very talented actress and have enjoyed her work from the beginning. Throw this case out of court.
A very talented actress and have enjoyed her work from the beginning. Throw this case out of court.
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8:06AM on 02/23/2015

Not Guilty

Putting her on trial is like accusing Gandhi of terrorism.
Putting her on trial is like accusing Gandhi of terrorism.
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7:58AM on 02/23/2015
Not guilty. Stop blaming bad scripts for actors / actresses' performance.
Not guilty. Stop blaming bad scripts for actors / actresses' performance.
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9:15AM on 02/23/2015
Although I agree with you. I think they do this to spark conversation, mix things up instead of putting up obviously terrible actors, directors and writers.
Although I agree with you. I think they do this to spark conversation, mix things up instead of putting up obviously terrible actors, directors and writers.
9:32AM on 02/23/2015
Thanks, man. It's just that I feel lately they're running out of candidates to put into this column and start to pick on good actors / actresses whose movies may have flopped.
Thanks, man. It's just that I feel lately they're running out of candidates to put into this column and start to pick on good actors / actresses whose movies may have flopped.
7:42AM on 02/23/2015

Not guilty

We need to stop blaming actors and actresses for bad movies and judge them based on their performances in movies, good or bad.
We need to stop blaming actors and actresses for bad movies and judge them based on their performances in movies, good or bad.
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7:42AM on 02/23/2015

NOT GUILTY

You're nuts. Lifetime immunity based on past work.
You're nuts. Lifetime immunity based on past work.
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7:40AM on 02/23/2015
She's been in some not so great movies, but even the misfires had the potential to be good on paper so it's not like she knew in advance it was going to suck. Besides she's been consistently good in everything I've seen of her.

DISMISSED FOR LACK OF EVIDENCE.
She's been in some not so great movies, but even the misfires had the potential to be good on paper so it's not like she knew in advance it was going to suck. Besides she's been consistently good in everything I've seen of her.

DISMISSED FOR LACK OF EVIDENCE.
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6:50AM on 02/23/2015
If the walking offense that is kunis walks free then connolley should be given a lifetime free pass and be awarded with a parade maybe even a world wide holiday.
If the walking offense that is kunis walks free then connolley should be given a lifetime free pass and be awarded with a parade maybe even a world wide holiday.
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