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THREE STOOGES, GROUCHO, BEAU GESTE AND OTHER OBSESSIONS

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The line between scholarship and obsession is often blurry. Academics are praised for spending years on a thesis or book, while superfans and enthusiasts are often dismissed as wackos. Here are five happy results of personal, passionate pursuits: four…
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‘ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET’

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As a critic, I hesitate to use the word “perfect” but it is the first adjective that comes to mind as I compose this review of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. Several generations of girls will attest to…
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‘CHEVALIER’: A BELATED INTRODUCTION

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Don’t feel ignorant if you’ve never heard of Joseph Bologne; neither had some of the people who made this movie. It’s easy to see why they responded to its story once it was uncovered. Bologne was the illegitimate son…
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‘SOMEWHERE IN QUEENS’

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Ray Romano made his bones, so to speak, as the star and co-creator of the hugely successful TV series Everybody Loves Raymond. Since its demise, the former standup comic has avoided trying to repeat himself and done admirably well (see Get…
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‘AIR’ GIVES MATT DAMON ROOM TO BREATHE

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The only problem facing Air is that people may be expecting a bigger movie, as one might assume given that the ostensible subject is basketball superstar Michael Jordan. Here’s the truth: although the story revolves around him, Jordan isn’t really in the…
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A BIT OF CRUMPET WITH MARK SEARBY

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Leonard here. My colleague Mark Searby is going to be sharing monthly columns with us highlighting British cinema past and present. Please enjoy A Bit of Crumpet. No Sex Please, We’re British goes the title of the British comedy…
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