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‘YOU HURT MY FEELINGS’: A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

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As a dyed-in-the-wool fan of Nicole Holofcener’s work I enjoy spending time in the world she creates and the characters who populate it. I may not be the most reliable person to assess her new feature, which reunites her…

‘BLACKBERRY’ IS TRUE TO LIFE

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As the passing parade rushes by there is a danger of forgetting events of the recent past. To his credit, Canadian actor and filmmaker Matt Johnson has dramatized the rise and fall of a hand-held device that was a…

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…

‘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…

‘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…

‘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…

‘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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