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Film, "Her": Joaquin Phoenix Falls in Love With His Machine

"Her": Joaquin Phoenix Falls in Love With His Machine

This arty, wispy tale of the fraught near-future affair between a sensitive white man and his newly sentient operating system will not be for everyone, but everyone will have to hear about it nonetheless. Is it not, therefore, the movie…
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Film, "American Hustle": <i>Goodfellas</i>, the Comedy

"American Hustle": Goodfellas, the Comedy

Trying to set a somber drama against faithful recreations of the inherently funny fashions and interior designs of the late 1970s would be tough, so it's a good thing that David O. Russell's American Hustle is played as a comedy.…
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Film, "Trouble with the Curve": Still Too Old After All These Years

"Trouble with the Curve": Still Too Old After All These Years

What a strange thing for an actor, when one has been rehearsing one's decline and death for so very long! Eastwood is 82 today; he was wasting away from TB as early as Honkytonk Man (1982), had officially entered his…
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Film, "The Muppets": Reboot Can't Quite Get Its Act Together

"The Muppets": Reboot Can't Quite Get Its Act Together

Desperately trying to appeal to not just the Gen-Xers who grew up with Kermit, but also the tykes who've never heard of Jim Henson, The Muppets has none of the easy confidence of the original TV show or movie. The…
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Film, <i>Leap Year</i>: No luck among the Irish

Leap Year: No luck among the Irish

Is this a commercial for the National Tourism Council of Ireland or for the conditioner Amy Adams uses in her hair? Either way, both look fabulous. Then there's the movie, a soggy affair directed with no great enthusiasm by Anand…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Sunshine Cleaning</i>

Sunshine Cleaning

More than a year after its first twirl at Sundance, this Amy Adams–Emily Blunt dramedy finally shrugs its way into theaters, and it feels almost like an afterthought. A film about sisters who go into the crime-scene clean-up business, it’s…
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Film, FilmCap

Sunshine Cleaning

More than a year after its first twirl at Sundance, this Amy Adams–Emily Blunt dramedy finally shrugs its way into theaters. It feels almost like an afterthought. A film about sisters who go into the crime-scene clean-up business, it's a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doubt

Doubt

With its bristling topicality, ritzy cast and Roger Deakins’s gracefully bleak cinematography, John Patrick Shanley’s adaptation of his 2005 play about an old-school Catholic nun in the early 1960s who goes after a priest she suspects of sexual abuse, is…
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Film, Film Feature Incredible Shrinking Women

Incredible Shrinking Women

For an obscure tale of a virginal London governess who discovers her true calling running interference for a giddy nightclub singer, the 1938 English novel Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has enjoyed a pretty lively renaissance. Knocked off in…
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Film, What a Toad

What a Toad

Hard to believe that it's been 20 years since the release of The Princess Bride, if only because it hasn't aged a day — the mark of something truly, blessedly timeless. Bereft of the pop-culture gags that curdle the Shrek…
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Film, Southern Discomfort

Southern Discomfort

Like hundreds of creative Southerners before them, Phil Morrison and Angus MacLachlan have Thomas Wolfe in their bones. The media notes for Morrison's first feature, Junebug, don't mention Wolfe, and the 37-year-old NYU Film School graduate makes a point of…
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