Pure unadulterated Scottoline

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Lisa Scottoline has created a large gallery of wonderful female characters in the 16 novels she’s written since “Everywhere That Mary Went” launched her hugely successful writing career in 1993. The lawyer-turned-novelist’s voice is so strong in these stories of law and crime and family in Philadelphia that I think most readers have come to […] [Read More]
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Life on planet show business

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The other day on a local radio show — when I thought I would just be talking about the new plays and movies I had seen — the host threw me with a question about the Tiger Woods affair. Then in a sort of radio stream of consciousness segment we somehow got into the tangled […] [Read More]
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Another wonderful film from the man of La Mancha

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Pedro Almodovar has been making great films for such a long time that he is starting to be taken for granted by critics and moviegoers. The shock now would be if he made a dud. For more than two decades, the Spanish director has put out one memorable movie after another, and his new picture, […] [Read More]
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The home team scores a touchdown

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Tarell Alvin McCraney is only a few years out of the Yale School of Drama, but he has scored one of the major New York stage hits of the season with “The Brother/Sister Plays” at the Public Theater. The size and ambition of the two-evening, three-play piece recall Tony Kushner’s 1990s landmark double-header “Angels in America,” […] [Read More]
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‘Overnight Socialite’: An Eliza Doolittle in today’s Manhattan

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Bridie Clark’s charming new novel about life in Manhattan’s best zipcodes — “The Overnight Socialite” (Weinstein Books) — is powered by a simple but clever premise: moving the plot and the characters of “My Fair Lady” from long-ago London to contemporary New York City. We meet the Eliza Doolittle stand-in — aspiring designer Lucy Jo […] [Read More]
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Is ‘Easy Rider’ still relevant after 40 years?

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Some movies start out great and then age like fine wine (the first two “Godfather” pictures fall into this category). Other movies are dismissed by critics, bomb at the box-office and only become “classics” many years later (i.e. the fate of the wonderfully cynical newspaper drama, “Sweet Smell of Success”). Then there are the hits […] [Read More]
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See you tomorrow!

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Your faithful blogger has been on vacation for the past week, but I’ve also been in a whirl of cultural activities that I am looking forward to writing about here when I return Tuesday. I watched the new DVD of HBO’s fantastic “Rome” series, saw the first part of the three-part Horton Foote epic at the Signature […] [Read More]
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Looking back 6: The heat, the Klan & Faye Dunaway

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(From Jan. 2008:) The jury has always been out on Otto Preminger’s merits as a director —most critics see him as a minor figure, but a loyal cult following believes there are great visual and thematic qualities in pictures such as “Advise and Consent” (1962) and “In Harm’s Way” (1965). Everyone agrees Preminger was a […] [Read More]
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