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‘Gone Girl’: when a bestseller becomes a popular film

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Whatever you might think of it as a movie, the financial success of “Gone Girl” last weekend was a cheering development for those who wish there were more big studio movies aimed at adult audiences. The adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestseller came in at number one in the weekend box office derby, edging out […] [Read More]
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Marian Seldes R.I.P.: actress & theatergoer

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The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed tonight at 7:45 p.m. in memory of the great actress Marian Seldes who died on Monday at the age of 86. I saw Marian Seldes on stage many times — in everything from “Equus” to “Ring Round the Moon” — but I also saw her on more […] [Read More]
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Lost movie: ‘Love and Human Remains’ turns 20

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In between his 1989 art house hit “Jesus of Montreal” and his Oscar-winning “The Barbarian Invasions” (2003) the French-Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand made a very funny and very disturbing movie that no one talks about these days. “Love and Human Remains” is marking its 20th anniversary this year with no celebrations that I am aware […] [Read More]
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WWII comes alive in ‘Sleep in Peace Tonight’

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James MacManus takes us back to London in early 1941 — when the United States was still refusing to aid Britain — in his vivid new historical novel “Sleep in Peace Tonight” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press). The novel deals with the vital role President Franklin Roosevelt’s right-hand man, Harry Hopkins, played in bringing FDR […] [Read More]
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Frank Capra retrospective highlights earlier, darker films

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That indispensable non-profit Manhattan movie house, Film Forum, is launching a major two-week Frank Capra retrospective on Friday, with many of the screenings featuring new digital restorations. Although the director had a run a huge hits lasting more than two decades, he was often saddled with the label “Capracorn” implying that he was hopelessly sentimental […] [Read More]
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‘American Hippie’: Israeli counterculture relic resurfaces

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Never released in this country, and long forgotten in its homeland, the 1972 Israeli production “An American Hippie in Israel” has been generating cult movie attention since Grindhouse Releasing put out a three-disc DVD last year. Bob Murawski, who runs Grindhouse, deserves most of the credit for this oddball revival because it was his decision […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘New York Mid-Century 1945-1965

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A very pleasing combination of first-rate text and wonderfully chosen illustrations, the new Vendome Press book “New York Mid-Century 1945-1965” takes us through one of the peak periods in the history of New York, in terms of the arts and pop culture. Our guides through this dazzling time and place are Annie Cohen-Salal, Paul Goldberger […] [Read More]
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‘The Country House’: master craftsmanship on Broadway

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The old-fashioned virtues of the “well-made play” are on view in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of “The Country House” by Donald Margulies, opening tonight on Broadway. There will be critics who complain that the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright’s view of a theatrical clan gathered in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is too tidy, but I relished every […] [Read More]
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