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A Stamford homecoming for ‘Naked Kiss’ star Michael Dante

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Time has healed the wounds inflicted on the Samuel Fuller film “The Naked Kiss” when it opened in 1964. Fuller’s portrait of a prostitute (Constance Towers) trying to go straight with a new life in a new town went unreviewed in most magazines and newspapers, and moviegoers had to travel to some rather disreputable B-movie […] [Read More]
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‘The Cosmoplitans’: movie to TV exodus continues

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Add Whit Stillman to the growing list of smart movie directors who are finding shelter in the ever-expanding world of TV. The creator of “Metropolitan,” “Barcelona” and “Damsels in Distress” recently unveiled a pilot for a potential series, “The Cosmopolitans,” produced by Amazon for its home video entertainment division. The witty and beautifully produced half-hour […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: the still provocative British classic ‘Victim’

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Video distributors love to celebrate anniversaries with reissues of their major titles. “Ben-Hur” appeared in 2011 in a belated deluxe 50th anniversary edition — the restoration of the 1959 best picture Oscar winner was so complicated that Warner Home Video delivered the DVD set two years late. A multi-disc anniversary edition of the 1961 hit “West Side […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Once is Not Enough’

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The headline here is a tad deceptive. “Once is Not Enough” is unquestionably bad, but “love” is the wrong word for my feelings about this 1975 Paramount adaptation of the Jacqueline Susann bestseller. It’s a rare case of a terrible movie that is saved — partially — by one rather remarkable performance. Like Susann’s “Valley […] [Read More]
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‘Mobilize’: what cellphones might be doing to us

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Kevin Kunze’s new documentary about the possible health risks of cellphones — “Mobilize” (TDC Entertainment) — is done in a very low-tech, low-key style that makes it all the more terrifying. Kunze lays out the way cellphones — and the supporting technologies — are all around us and yet the possible dangers of living so […] [Read More]
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‘Veep’ + ‘House of Cards’ = ‘Madam Secretary’

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If you missed the premiere of the CBS series “Madam Secretary” last Sunday, you can do like I did the other night and download it for free from Amazon Instant. No TV series can be judged from one early episode, but I found this political drama/comedy to be a very watchable mix of two other […] [Read More]
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‘Starred Up’: the rise of Jack O’Connell

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The 24-year-old English actor Jack O’Connell should be receiving lots of press attention when the film version of the best-selling Laura Hillenbrand book “Unbroken” opens in December. O’Connell landed the plum role of Louis Zamperini, the World War II hero who survived 47 days in a life raft after his plane went down in the […] [Read More]
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John Lahr’s ‘Tennessee Williams’ an instant classic

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12 years in the research and writing, John Lahr’s “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” (Norton) examines the great playwright primarily through his work and the result is both definitive and a great read. Because of his dual perspective as a stage critic and someone who has worked in the theater, Lahr is especially […] [Read More]
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