Merry Christmas!

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All the lonely people/Where do they all belong?

At one particularly apt point in the new Grant James Varjas play, “Accidentally, Like a Martyr,” a character looks over at the few other people seated at an East Village bar and asks the “Eleanor
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Hugh Jackman: the biggest Broadway star of our time?

Reviewers have been quibbling about what label to give to Hugh Jackman’s return to the New York theater — is it a real “Broadway” show or just a jazzed-up nightclub act? — but whatever it is, the
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Rent it now: inside a Hasidic ecstasy smuggling ring

The 2010 “inspired by actual events” independent film “Holy Rollers” tells a story that sounds too good to be true — how a group of young Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn started moonlighting as “mules”
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‘Margin Call’: Demi Moore becomes a team player

Among the many wonders of the terrific New Depression drama “Margin Call” is Demi Moore’s coolly ferocious performance as a risk analyst at a major financial services firm that went over the falls in
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‘Melancholia’: or, They Shoot Planets, Don’t They?

Imagine a depression so deep and so hopeless that you think that it’s an entirely appropriate response for an entire planet to die along with you. That’s the situation of the terminally unhappy
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The old-fashioned star power of ‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce’

You really can’t beat the ensemble acting in current releases such as “Margin Call” and “Melancholia” (both of which I happened to see last night). It’s a shame that in this awards season, individual
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‘Downton Abbey’ — ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ on steroids

If you missed the first season of the glossy and highly addictive British soap opera “Downton Abbey” last year, you have a chance to catch up before the second season is aired on PBS in January. Most
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