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THE BOOKSHOP: SLOW GOING

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If you enjoy watching Emily Mortimer at work, as I do, you’ll get something out of The Bookshop, but the film itself is an odd duck. Adapted from a novel by Penelope Fitzgerald by writer-director Isabel Coixet, it lays…
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LAUREL & HARDY BEHIND THE MIKE, TAKE TWO

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I thought the book was closed (pun intended) on Laurel & Hardy’s radio career after super-collector John Tefteller produced an oversized book on the subject with a CD that compiled all surviving audio featuring the beloved comedy team. I…
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THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS: WHODUNIT…AND WHO CARES?

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As a lifelong Muppet fan, I root for anything the Jim Henson company turns its attention to, with or without the Muppets. Jim’s son Brian Henson directed this parody of hard-boiled film noir murder mysteries. Puppet characters interact with…
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INSPIRATION IN A NEIGHBORHOOD LANDMARK: RESTORING TOMORROW

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Aaron Wolf grew up attending the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. It had special meaning because his grandfather was one of the senior rabbis, filling the giant footsteps of Rabbi Edgar Magnin, the “rabbi to the stars.”…
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THE WIFE: GREAT ACTORS SAVE THE DAY

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Watching Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce is a treat, and the details in Björn Runge’s production are so convincing that it wasn’t until the film was over that I found myself pondering its credibility. That’s a credit to the…
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JULIET, NAKED: JUST THE TICKET FOR LATE SUMMER

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Any film that opens with Chris O’Dowd talking directly to the camera is starting on the right foot as far as I’m concerned–I find his attitude and sense of off-kilter humor irresistible. In Juliet, Naked he plays a man who is…
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CRAZY RICH ASIANS: YET ANOTHER BREAKTHROUGH

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It’s a bit unsettling to review a movie that has so much riding on it: its producers and studio (Warner Bros.) are eager to see if the Asian-American community—and moviegoers in general—will support Hollywood’s first major film in years…
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