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‘A Bigger Splash’: a blast from the past

Luca Guadagnino’s new film “A Bigger Splash” is a gorgeous throwback to the European art films of the 1960s and 1970s – the sensual atmosphere is as compelling as the story, which was also true of the
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‘Half Moon Bay’: strangers in a bar

Something like a younger, sadder West Coast version of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune,” the  Lesser America production of the Dan Moyer play “Half Moon Bay” follows a
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‘I Take You’: women & men & sex

Eliza Kennedy’s “I Take You” (Broadway) starts off as a romantic comedy about a commitment-phobe who is about to get married, but it quickly develops into a very provocative examination of a woman
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‘Wicked, Wicked’: split-screen nightmare

It takes some doing to unearth an early 1970s major studio release that yours truly has never heard of — those were probably my peak moviegoing years, when I saw nearly everything (i.e. “The Legend of
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Rent it now: The original ‘Heartbreak Kid’

Successful remakes have a way of getting in the way of the original — “An Affair to Remember” is much more popular than “Love Affair” — but if there’s any justice, the 2007 Farrelly brothers version
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‘Everything Was Possible’: youthful dreams

Ghostlight Records has just released a wonderful CD, “When Everything Was Possible,” that captures a  2012 concert at New York’s City Center, featuring Kurt Peterson and Victoria Mallory. It’s a
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Turner Classic Movies picks ‘The Essentials’

Sure to launch more than a few arguments, the new Turner Classic Movies book “The Essentials” (Running Press) is subtitled “52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter.” Few buffs will argue with the
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‘Money Monster’: a summer film for adults

Plenty of serious-minded star vehicles are given limited releases each fall and winter for Oscar consideration, but it’s getting increasingly rare to see a smart Hollywood studio film for adults, like
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