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Film, "Enough Said": James Gandolfini's Last Film Showed His Soft Side

"Enough Said": James Gandolfini's Last Film Showed His Soft Side

In a way, writer-director Nicole Holofcener's fifth feature, a small-scale romantic comedy about weary and insecure middle-agers, is a lot like The Dark Knight. As that film was a bittersweet reminder of how Heath Ledger had more to give than…
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Film, "Peace. Love and Misunderstanding": Jane Fonda Deserves Better

"Peace. Love and Misunderstanding": Jane Fonda Deserves Better

How much longer must we wait for a vehicle worthy of Jane Fonda, whose past few roles are just shy of elder abuse? Three generations of fine actresses are squandered in Bruce Beresford's Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, an incompetently structured…
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Film, Cyrus


In Cyrus, a freakishly engrossing black comedy about excessively mothered men and the women who enable them, the excellent John C. Reilly plays John, a middle-aged editor who lives like a stalled graduate student in his cluttered Los Angeles cottage.…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Please Give</i>

Please Give

Nicole Holofcener's fourth feature is, for the most part, witty and engrossing. Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt) are bourgeois grave-robbers, stocking their West Village "vintage furniture" store with mid-20th-century pieces bought from the distracted children of the recently…
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Film, Liberal guilt's got soul in "Please Give"

Liberal guilt's got soul in "Please Give"

Nicole Holofcener's fourth feature, Please Give, is a notable rebound from the insufficiently examined self-absorption of her last, Friends with Money. Please Give is not quite Lovely and Amazing — Holofcener's mordant, quasiautobiographical "three sisters" spin — but it is,…
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Films About What the Haves Have Not

"I'm a girl who likes nice stuff," says Nicole Holofcener, looking around the spacious but unpretentious home she recently bought in a celebrity-free neighborhood of Venice, California. "But right where I live, there's a three-block area that's all homeless, all…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>

Where the Wild Things Are

Directed by Spike Jonze from a 400-word children’s book first published in 1963, Where the Wild Things Are may be the toughest adaptation since Tim Burton fashioned Mars Attacks! from a series of bubblegum cards. Elaborating on a classic, Jonze…
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A Couple of Clowns

Box of Moonlight Directed and written by Tom DiCillo. Starring John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Catherine Keener, Lisa Blount, Annie Corely, Alexander Goodwin, and Dermot Mulroney. At the Embarcadero in S.F. and the Shattuck in Berkeley. When Time magazine columnist Walter…
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