Natalie Portman joins the ranks of great movie crazy ladies

I wish I could hang out in lobbies all over the country as screenings of “Black Swan” are letting out. “Sophisticated” New York metro area audiences are flipping out at Darren Aronofsky’s intense and
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Merry Christmas!!

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Behind the scenes of a loved/hated landmark play & movie

Mart Crowley’s play “The Boys in the Band” was controversial when it opened in the spring of 1968 for its frank depiction of a birthday party where all of the guests were gay. Nothing like that had
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‘Mother’: Oscar-worthy performance by Korean star

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
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The ‘unused life’ of Shirley Valentine

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
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Seeing ‘The Pee-Wee Herman Show’ with a blissed-out crowd

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
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Rent it now: John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Shortbus’

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
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‘Dagenham’: a period piece that is still all too relevant

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
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