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by Laura Leon October 10, 2013

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  Based on Vincent Bugliosi’s Four Days in November, Parkland attempts to evoke the national sense of loss, horror, helplessness and regret engendered by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but from the perspective of ...

I’m Your Girl

by James Yeara October 10, 2013

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  According to the annual survey in American Theatre magazine, Venus in Fur is the most produced play in Equity theaters across the nation today, and on Capital Rep’s stage it’s not hard to see why. ...

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Hip to be Square

by John Rodat October 3, 2013

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  When asked to review Don Jon, I considered the possibility that I was being punk’d. The movie was written and directed by its leading man, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and it co-stars Scarlett Johansson. I am not ...

A Fine Romance

by Laura Leon October 3, 2013

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  Throughout her filmmaking career, Nicole Holofcener has displayed an uncanny ability to create characters whose thoughts and fears tap directly into our own. Or is it me? To call her movies chick flicks is derisive, ...

Dangerous Men

by Shawn Stone October 3, 2013

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  It’s self-evident that race car drivers aren’t like the rest of us. At one point in the terrific action drama Rush, Formula One racer James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) tartly admonishes one of his many adoring/complaining ...

It Lives!

by Ann Morrow September 26, 2013

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  Ankhefenmut is on the loose. The 3,000-year-old mummy, once a priest and sculptor at the Temple of Mut, has apparently escaped from the Ancient Egyptian gallery at the Albany Institute of History & Art. And ...

“B” is for Bouchercon

by Erin Pihlaja September 26, 2013

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  Over 1500 people stole stealthily into the Empire State plaza last weekend (Sept. 19-22), to attend Bouchercon 2013, a convention for fans and authors of crime fiction. OK, they bought tickets, but they were there ...

Pure Horror

by Ann Morrow September 26, 2013

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  Child abduction. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it’s in the news on a depressingly regular basis. In Prisoners, Hugh Jackman plays Keller Dover, a father searching for his missing daughter, and as each harrowing ...

His Wife Was a Nazi Telepath?

by John Rodat September 26, 2013

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  Advanced press about the documentary Salinger promised an “unprecedented” look inside the life of J.D. Salinger, the famously reclusive author of The Catcher and the Rye. But even a cursory search of Amazon turns up ...

Needs a Good Slap

by Laura Leon September 26, 2013

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  Depending on how seriously you take the concept of sex addiction, Thanks for Sharing is either really engaging or thoroughly preposterous. In any event, it’s a movie that never quite delivers. Adam (Mark Ruffalo), an ...

We’re Not in 2D Anymore

by Shawn Stone September 26, 2013

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  There is certainly economic value in converting the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz to 3D. If the original version goes into the public domain in 2035 (and that’s a big if), this version ...

Saved

by Ann Morrow September 19, 2013

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  During a reception at Historic Cherry Hill on Sunday (Sept. 15), invited guests were given tours of the 1787 mansion that highlighted the crucial restoration efforts saving the house from serious damage. Structural stabilization included ...

Historic Cherry Hill

Not So Green Acres

by B.A. Nilsson September 19, 2013

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  Rudd Simmons’s documentary The First Season, about a Sharon Springs-based family who quit the corporate world to run a dairy farm, is being released today (Thursday) by Cinedigm Entertainment, which has partnered with Slamdance, where ...

Charmless

by Ann Morrow September 18, 2013

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  Austenland is an estate in England that offers an “immersive Austen experience” to women obsessed with the romantic plots and dishy men of Jane Austen’s novels. One of these women is Jane (Keri Russell), an ...

Crimes and Misdirection

by Laura Leon September 18, 2013

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  Based on an action novel by Tonino Benacquista, The Family is an unhappy merger between crime drama and buddy comedy. After ratting out his mob buddies, Giovanne Manzoni (Robert De Niro) and his family go ...

Once More, With Bigger Monsters

by Rick Marshall September 13, 2013

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  It’s been almost 13 years since Pitch Black pleasantly surprised audiences with its smart spin on classic creature features and the charisma of its little-known star, Vin Diesel. The tense, sci-fi horror hybrid generated enough ...

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The Cruelest Animal

by Ann Morrow September 12, 2013

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  Killer whales, or orcas, are so powerful that they can hunt down a great white shark for supper. Yet these apex predators are also playful and intuitive, and research indicates that they are not only ...

Hillbilly Gothic

by Laura Leon September 12, 2013

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  Borrowing more than a little from the style and substance of Terence Malick’s Badlands and Days of Heaven, as well as from a few other iconic filmmakers, writer-director David Lowery imbues Ain’t Them Bodies Saints ...

In the Mood to Fight

by Ann Morrow September 5, 2013

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  The grandmaster in Wong Kar-Wai’s latest visual rhapsody is Ip Man (Tony Leung), a legend in the history of the martial arts, and not just for his involvement in the training of Bruce Lee. According ...

In Neutral, With Feeling

by Laura Leon September 5, 2013

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  The previews would have you think that The Spectacular Now is a comedy following in the steps of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, featuring the class cut-up who is friend to everybody but, famously, predictably unreliable ...

They’re Watching

by Laura Leon September 5, 2013

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  With its birds-eye, security-cam views of Brits, ex-patriots, and tourists walking through, talking in, working, and just living in London, Closed Circuit makes us shiver at the  mere suggestion of 24/7 surveillance even as it ...

With a Bang

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2013

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  Like The Great Gatsby, this new Edgar Wright comedy features a protagonist determined to re-create the past. Like Jay Gatsby, Gary King (Simon Pegg) is willing to move heaven and earth to bring his dream ...

Nowhere Man

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2013

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  As an actor, Ashton Kutcher is very tall. He also owns his “smug asshole” shtick. Both of these qualities are an asset as the titular Apple Computer cofounder Steve Jobs. In this surprisingly conventional and ...

Movable Fisticuffs

by James Yeara August 28, 2013

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  Ernest Hemingway reputedly accepted this bar bet: Write the shortest story possible. His reputed winning response: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” In an interview with George Plimpton for The Paris Review on “The Art ...

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Irish Family Values

by B.A. Nilsson August 22, 2013

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  We know that profundities are strewn throughout the small talk that comprises most of our conversations, and what little self-awareness we cultivate these days probably goes to trying to pluck any such clues out of ...

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