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‘The Counterfeit Traitor’: old-fashioned craftsmanship

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The 1962 Paramount espionage thriller “The Counterfeit Traitor” might look hopelessly archaic to young moviegoers raised on the hyperkinetic Jason Bourne adventures or the retooled James Bond films of recent vintage. William Holden stars as Eric Erickson, a Swedish American businessman who became a spy for the Allied cause during World War II. Directed in […] [Read More]
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‘Night Night, Sleep Tight’: murder in Old Hollywood

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Hallie Ephron grew up in Hollywood, but she put that life behind her to establish deep roots in New England, where she has become one of our top suspense novelists. “Never Tell a Lie,” “Come and Find Me” and “There Was an Old Woman” have carved out Ephron’s own territory as a specialist in down-to-earth […] [Read More]
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‘Fish in the Dark’: Larry David scores on Broadway

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The reviews were rather tepid when “Fish in the Dark” opened at the Cort Theatre earlier this month, but the play scores more good laughs than any comedy since the heyday of Neil Simon. Only a writer-performer with the clout of Larry David could marshall the financial resources to lead a company of 17 actors […] [Read More]
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‘Best House’: a taste of the ‘Swinging London’ era

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Who else but Warner Archive would deliver such a fascinating, lost oddity as the 1969 sex comedy “The Best House in London”? You probably have to be a moviegoer of a certain age to appreciate this elaborate period piece about a government sanctioned London whorehouse in the late Victorian Era because it’s a relic from […] [Read More]
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‘Focus on French Cinema’: 3-day cultural immersion

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Last weekend, the fantastic Jewish Film Festival ended an 11-day run in Hartford, today movie lovers have the chance to begin a three-day immersion in the best new French films at the Focus on French Cinema festival in Greenwich. The event kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with the U.S. premiere of “Les Souvenirs (Memories)” […] [Read More]
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‘A Little Life’: the mysteries of friendship

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Think of it as the book equivalent of binge-watching. A 700+ page novel scares many people — no matter how good it is supposed to be — but there is nothing quite like a prolonged, total immersion in a fine writer’s vision of the world. A weekend spent watching a long TV serial can leave […] [Read More]
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‘Tab Hunter Confidential’: happy to be forgotten

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The new documentary “Tab Hunter Confidential,” which premiered at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin last week, presents an insider’s view of a period in Hollywood history when there was a vast disconnect between fantasy and reality. Director Jeffrey Schwarz takes us back to the 1950s when some of the biggest male movie stars […] [Read More]
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A long-forgotten Hercule Poirot movie returns

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After the success of the movie version of her play “Witness for the Prosecution” in 1957, Agatha Christie made a deal with MGM for the film and TV rights to a few dozen of her mysteries, including several featuring her beloved series characters, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Christie started to regret the pact almost […] [Read More]
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