A minority opinion of the Julie Powell scenes in ‘Julie & Julia’

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The response to the new Nora Ephron movie ‘Julie & Julia’ has been largely positive — at the multiplex where I saw it Sunday the audience applauded at the end — but reviewers have been beating up on the ‘Julie’ half of the story. As you probably know, the movie is split down the middle, with […] [Read More]
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A classic from 40 years ago gets spruced up

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    We’ve been celebrating a lot of 40th anniversaries this summer — from the first moon landing to Woodstock to the Manson massacre. 1969 was a wild, fervent year on many levels, but it was an especially exciting time for movies. During the summer of that year, I saw “Easy Rider,” Midnight Cowboy” and […] [Read More]
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Theater that speaks to a young audience

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Baby boomers often joke that the only place they feel really young these days is at a play. At some regional and non-profit venues, the theater audience appears to be rapidly aging out of existence. I don’t even see my 50something peers most nights at off-Broadway mainstays such as Manhattan Theatre Club or the Signature […] [Read More]
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Rising star: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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I saw the independent hit, “(500) Days of Summer,” last night and was impressed by the picture’s offbeat take on romantic comedy — it’s a movie about a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who falls in love with a woman (Zooey Deschanel) who never really feels the same way about him. The picture is an old-fashioned […] [Read More]
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The one and only Meryl Streep

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Cruising along at the top of her profession for 30 years now, Meryl Streep stands apart from all of the other great movie actresses. How is she different? Streep has never been interested in establishing herself offscreen as a larger-than-life figure in the tradition of Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn; she has never patented a […] [Read More]
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When an ice queen melts

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      Catherine Deneuve gives a memorably intense performance as a grieving mother in “Apres Lui (After Him),” the 2007 French drama that arrives on DVD next Tuesday via IFC Films. Best known for playing rather cool and enigmatic characters, the star pulls out all of the emotional stops in Gael Morel’s story of […] [Read More]
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‘Funny People’: over-extended ‘Entourage’ episode?

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Movies and television have become so mashed together that when you see a lousy formula film in a theater now, you can’t use that old putdown — “it’s like TV.” With the older audience more or less vanished from the multiplexes, “movies” have become increasingly infantile and “TV” is better than ever. Most nights it’s hard for […] [Read More]
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Explain this SoHo billboard in 25 words or less

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