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Monthly Archives: August 2023

A CELEBRATION OF CLASSIC COMEDY

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This is a great time to be a fan of vintage comedy, from the silent era onward. A brace of new Blu-ray restorations and books will make life a little brighter for both the novice and the aficionado. Add…
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BOTTOMS: COMEDY FROM A FRESH NEW VOICE

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Writer-director Emma Seligman graduated from NYU just six years ago but she’s fast becoming a media darling. Two years ago her debut feature, Shiva Baby, earned her the John Cassavetes prize at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and made her…
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LIAM NEESON IS AT IT AGAIN IN ‘RETRIBUTION’

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Acting careers cannot be charted or predicted; I’ve always thought that the best outcomes are a result of good choices and good luck in roughly equal measure. How the brooding Irish actor Liam Neeson wound up in globe-trotting action…
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HELEN MIRREN DISAPPEARS IN ‘GOLDA’

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There is no trace of Helen Mirren in Golda, and that’s the way it ought to be. To say that she becomes the fabled Israeli Prime Minister is a mild understatement, but this is no mere stunt of makeup, hairstyling and…
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‘BETWEEN TWO WORLDS’ IS WORTH SEEING 

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It’s never a waste of time to watch Juliette Binoche, and this film, which screened at Cannes in 2921, is definitely worth seeing. It is inspired by Florence Aubena’s best-selling book about her experiences posing as an uneducated single…
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JULES: BEN KINGSLEY RULES

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Ben Kingsley disappears into every character he plays, and the quiet senior citizen he becomes in Jules is no exception. The fact that he has a mop of hair and no trace of a British accent should come as no surprise;…
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NEW AND NOTABLE BOOKS FOR SUMMER 2023

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THE LAST ACTION HEROES: THE TRIUMPHS, FLOPS AND FEUDS OF HOLLYWOOD’S KINGS OF CARNAGE by Nick De Semlyen (Crown) There was a time, not so many years ago, when certain names were a guarantee of box-office gold. Stallone and…
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