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Film, "August: Osage County": A Dysfunctional Family Deals with Public Conflict and Drugs in Private Parts

"August: Osage County": A Dysfunctional Family Deals with Public Conflict and Drugs in Private Parts

Testing an idea that every unhappy family is histrionic in its own way, John Wells directs Tracy Letts' adaptation of his own prize-studded 2007 play. Here's what happens when a venomous, painkiller-addled matriarch (Meryl Streep) and her three willful adult…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Zombieland</i>

Zombieland

The zombie movie—that evergreen vessel for all manner of social and political allegory—gets stripped down to its “Holy shit! Zombies! Run!” chassis in this fitfully amusing romp directed with little ambition and even less distinction by first-timer Ruben Fleischer. Set…
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Music, All Shook Down

No Reservations Movie Review. Grade: B+

“… The cynic would like to write this off as empty grown-up hooey, Baby Boom without an ounce of bang. But you can’t do it, because the thing’s so charming …” BY ROBERT WILONSKY…
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Film, Light Dining

Light Dining

Sadly, No Reservations is not the big-screen adaptation of Anthony Bourdain's snack-gulping, risk-taking Travel Channel show; you'll find no monkey brains here, nor any attempts to party down in Beirut whilst Hezbollah and Israel blow each other to smithereens. This…
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Film, <i>Signs </i>of Faith

Signs of Faith

This time around, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan puts the surprise at the beginning of his film, and it's a subtle, shimmering clue -- one easily missed and, frankly, one that might not even be there at all. Such are the…
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