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A forgotten romantic comedy by Wendy Wasserstein

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“The Object of My Affection” broke new romantic comedy ground in 1998 in its story of a New York City woman who befriends and then falls in love with a gay man. While this plot might have seemed radical to moviegoers in Peoria or Duluth, screenwriter Wendy Wasserstein knew that this sort of unrequited passion […] [Read More]
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‘The Missing Years’: helping a down-and-out Chet Baker

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Jazz drummer Artt Frank delivers a moving and harrowing account of his friendship with a legendary trumpet player and singer in “Chet Baker: The Missing Years” (BooksEndependent). Baker’s career was marked by long periods out of the spotlight due to his drug addiction and the terrible injuries he sustained in a mugging. He died in […] [Read More]
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‘Hummingbird’: Athol Fugard speaks for himself

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Between now and April 27, Connecticut theatergoers have a chance to see a new play by one of the world’s greatest living writers — Athol Fugard’s “The Shadow of the Hummingbird” — which he happens to be starring in himself. Fugard and New Haven have been a marriage made in heaven for the past 30 […] [Read More]
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How Charlotte Rampling avoided the scrap heap

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It’s a question that older moviegoers ask all the time: why do actresses over the age of 40 thrive in Europe while their American counterparts (with a few exceptions like the one and only Meryl Streep) are tossed on the scrap heap? Overseas, performers as diverse as Helen Mirren and Isabelle Huppert came into their […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: Mussolini’s secret lover (and their son)

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Although Marco Bellochio’s fantastic bio-pic “Vincere” received only limited theatrical distribution in this country in 2010, Giovanna Mezzogiorno’s awesome performance as Benito Mussolini’s mistress clearly lingered in the minds of the reviewers who saw it. At the end of the year, the National Society of Film Critics bestowed its best actress award on the Italian star. Mezzogiorno’s […] [Read More]
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When mere mortals meet movie stars

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The witty New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane has come in for a torrent of social media abuse for a piece he wrote in the March 24 issue of his magazine — “Her Again: The unstoppable Scarlett Johansson.” A combination of an appreciation and a review of the star’s new films, “Captain America: The Winter […] [Read More]
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Netflix mining: Natalie Wood as ‘Marjorie Morningstar’

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The “Dirty Dancing” of its day, the 1958 hit “Marjorie Morningstar” follows a nice Jewish girl from New York City who spends a life-changing summer at a camp in the Catskills, where she comes under the influence of an older man with show business aspirations. The movie was based on an enormous bestseller by Herman […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Road House’ template ‘The Chase’

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If you want to stump your friends with a trivia quiz ask them to name the movie that co-starred Marlon Brando and Robert Redford. There’s a reason that many people have never heard of the movie in question — “The Chase” — because this 1966 picture about life in an out-of-control small Texas town is […] [Read More]
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