‘Mother’: Oscar-worthy performance by Korean star

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The chances are slim to none that you will see the name of Kim Hye-Ja on the list of best actress Oscar nominees in a few weeks. The Korean star gives a spectacular performance in “Mother” — the equal of any other acting job I’ve seen this year — but the Academy Award voters rarely […] [Read More]
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The ‘unused life’ of Shirley Valentine

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Judith Ivey is back at Long Wharf giving another master class in acting in the Willy Russell play “Shirley Valentine.” The last time the stage star worked with LWT artistic director Gordon Edelstein — two seasons ago — the result was a revelatory production of “The Glass Menagerie” that moved on to New York City […] [Read More]
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Seeing ‘The Pee-Wee Herman Show’ with a blissed-out crowd

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I’ve always been a big believer in going outside my comfort zone when it comes to entertainment. It’s fun to be surprised by something new at the movies or at the theater, so I’m usually up to see almost anything my friends push on me. “The Pee-Wee Herman Show” — running on Broadway through Jan. 2 — is […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Shortbus’

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Stamford’s Avon Theatre had me host a terrific event Thursday night, a screening of “Rabbit Hole” followed by an onstage interview with the director John Cameron Mitchell. The new film is wonderful — with an Oscar worthy performance by Nicole Kidman (below, with her director) — but the real reason I was eager to sign on […] [Read More]
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‘Dagenham’: a period piece that is still all too relevant

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On the surface, the new British drama “Made in Dagenham” looks like a somewhat quaint period drama about the dawn of modern workplace feminism in 1968 England. The delightful Sally Hawkins (of the 2008 Mike Leigh movie, “Happy-Go-Lucky”) stars as a woman who works in the upholstery department of the Ford Motor Company factory in […] [Read More]
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A thrilling, sad end to ‘The Scottsboro Boys’

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A clueless protester was shouting “Close it down!” outside the Lyceum Theatre on Sunday before the next-to-last performance of “The Scottsboro Boys.” The premature closing had more to do with today’s Broadway economics than with the protesters who have claimed the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical’s minstrel show format is “racist.” Sadly, a challenging […] [Read More]
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Paris when it sizzled — ‘The Luminous Years’

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The home team scores a touchdown on PBS tonight. Westport documentary filmmaker Perry Miller Adato’s new movie, “Paris The Luminous Years — Toward the Making of the Modern,” is receiving its national premiere at 9 p.m., and it’s a beautiful piece of work. Adato takes us back to Paris in the years between 1905 and […] [Read More]
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Is the Golden Globe nominations panel on crack?

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I usually wait to write my annual Golden Globe screed until the awards ceremony itself, but a few of today’s nominations took us back to the glory days of the early 1980s when Pia Zadora was named “newcomer of the year” — over Kathleen Turner in “Body Heat” — in this annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association travesty. […] [Read More]
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