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The old-fashioned craftsmanship of ‘Promises, Promises’

When the cast album of the current Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises” was released a few months back, I wrote here about how much I admire the song score of Burt Bacharach and Hal David and how

Rent it now: ‘Into the Wild’

Sean Penn is one of the very Hollywood stars who directs movies with as much passion and skill as he brings to his acting. Starting with “The Indian Runner” in 1991, Penn has shown himself to be a

The mystery of ‘Me and Orson Welles’ thickens

Richard Linklater is one of the most interesting filmmakers in this country — his resume includes “Dazed and Confused” and “Before Sunrise” — so the complete mishandling of his most recent film, “Me

The double life of Charlie Chan – stereotype or ‘Chinese hero’?

Yunte Huang has written an important book that also happens to be a hell of a lot of fun to read, “Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American

The ‘Sex & the City’ money machine keeps spinning

Although it was widely viewed within the media as a disaster, the early summer release “Sex and the City 2” made $100 million in this country and at least that much overseas. Commentators scolded

The return of 1950s style 3D

Last weekend’s disappointing opening of the musical “Step Up 3D” left some industry analysts wondering if the current 3D vogue is beginning to wane. Yes, “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland” earned

‘Tough Customer’: a thriller with heart

Sandra Brown’s ability to empathize with men as well as women is so acute that if you took the writer’s name off one of her terrific bestselling thrillers you might have a hard time guessing the

Rent it now: ‘The Parallax View’

The creators of the new Sunday night AMC series “Rubicon” say it is meant as an homage to the great paranoid political thrillers of the 1970s, but so far the show’s lame plot about life in a New York

‘Hollywood’: Larry McMurtry from ‘Hud’ to ‘Brokeback Mountain’

On Tuesday, Simon and Schuster will publish the slim but very entertaining “Hollywood: A Third Memoir” by Larry McMurtry. McMurtry has been lucky enough to enjoy three separate careers — as a

‘Wartime’: Todd Solondz’s sort-of sequel to ‘Happiness’

It has taken the independent film “Life During Wartime” longer than usual to open theatrically. The latest work by Todd Solondz played the international festival circuit last year to mixed notices,