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Film, "The Face of Love": Annette Bening Definitely Has a Type

"The Face of Love": Annette Bening Definitely Has a Type

The Face of Love That The Face of Love lands in theaters more or less simultaneously with a new movie version of Dostoyevsky's The Double just goes to show how, for the narrative arts, the doppelgänger is a gift that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mark Ruffalo Has Two Mommies

Mark Ruffalo Has Two Mommies

Serious comedy, powered by an enthusiastic cast and full of good-natured innuendo, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right gives adolescent coming-of-age and the battle of the sexes a unique twist, in part by creating a romantic triangle between a…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Kids Are All Right</i>

The Kids Are All Right

Serious comedy, powered by an enthusiastic cast and full of good-natured innuendo, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right gives adolescent coming-of-age and the battle of the sexes a unique twist, in part by creating a romantic triangle between a…
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Film, Lisa Cholodenko interview: "The Kids Are All Right" director makes a lesbian domestic comedy

Lisa Cholodenko interview: "The Kids Are All Right" director makes a lesbian domestic comedy

In The Kids Are All Right, two affluent hyperparents fret about their marriage as well as their teenage children, the elder of whom is leaving for college while the younger struggles to find his place in the world. Enter a…
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Film, "The Kids Are All Right"

"The Kids Are All Right"

Serious comedy, powered by an enthusiastic cast and full of good-natured innuendo, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right gives adolescent coming-of-age and the battle of the sexes a unique twist, in part by creating a romantic triangle between a…
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Film, Born Identity: "Mother and Child" grapples with adoption

Born Identity: "Mother and Child" grapples with adoption

In his work as a writer-director, Rodrigo García has admirably distinguished himself through his commitment to creating intelligent, complex roles for his heavily distaff casts. Like Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000) and Nine Lives (2005),…
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Film, A Guide to Recognizing Your Shrinks

A Guide to Recognizing Your Shrinks

"I guess it doesn't matter where I begin," reasons the adult narrator of Running With Scissors, the inevitable Oscar contender adapted from Augusten Burroughs' wacky memoir of coming out as a gay teen in his adoptive guru's carnival-esque commune. "No…
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Film, Hail to the Drama Queen

Hail to the Drama Queen

Margo Channing cracked wiser. And her devious protégé cooked up better schemes to steal the limelight. Still, half a century after they lit up the screen, the principals in All About Eve would likely get a charge out of Being…
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Film, You Can Prick Your Finger...

You Can Prick Your Finger...

Garry Shandling does not have a face for the big screen. He has a mug that seems to spread to the edges of the theater; it's like an approaching storm front, a sky full of billowing clouds roaring in from…
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Film, The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

Grown-ups, take heart. Even if you misspent your summer at the movies pigging out on reheated space adventure, slob humor, and stubborn, old ballplayers who won't hang up their spikes, all is not lost. A powerful and intelligent film called…
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Be-Siege'd

The Siege Directed by Edward Zwick. Starring Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis, and Tony Shalhoub. Opens Friday, Nov. 6, at area theaters. If you're going to make a speculative thriller about an Arab terrorist campaign that forces a U.S.…
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