Happy Labor Day!

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‘Lylah Clare’: an awkward exit for Kim Novak

Kim Novak was one of the last Hollywood stars to make it almost entirely on her looks. She emerged in the mid-1950s in the shadow of Marilyn Monroe but never developed the skill to blossom in comedy
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When Jimmy Stewart turned into a spacey grouch

I like to play something I call “Netflix roulette,” adding random titles to my long list of DVD rental choices from the media giant (I use the streaming service, too.) Some of the movies are new-ish
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‘Brooklyn Street Style’: ‘outer borough’ no more

Abrams Image has followed up its snazzy street style guides to Berlin and Paris with a much closer-to-home title, “Brooklyn Street Style.” Co-authored by cultural reporter Anya Sacharow and travel
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The return of ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

A movie that was everywhere you looked on cable in the late 1980s, the Susan Seidelman-directed hit “Desperately Seeking Susan” has been laying low in recent years. The DVD went out of print and the
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‘Bedroom Farce’: a late summer tonic

There is plenty of pathos just under the surface of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Bedroom Farce” at the Westport Country Playhouse through Sept. 13. The story of how one terribly unhappy couple ruins an evening
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‘If You Only Knew’: Kristan Higgins tackles infidelity & sisterhood

The publishing world is calling the new Kristan Higgins novel “If You Only Knew” a transition from romance to “women’s fiction,” but longtime fans will recognize the mix of compulsive readability and
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Rediscovering 1970s female filmmakers

The other night surfing on Amazon Instant, I stumbled on a long forgotten 1977 film, “First Love,” directed by Joan Darling. The movie is a seriously flawed romantic drama, starring the bland William
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