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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, "The King's Speech": Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter humanize the House of Windsor

"The King's Speech": Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter humanize the House of Windsor

A picnic for Anglophiles, not to mention a prospective Oscar bonanza for the brothers Weinstein, The King's Speech is a well-wrought, enjoyably amusing inspirational drama that successfully humanizes, even as it pokes fun at, the House of Windsor. The story…
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Film, Tom Ford's <i>A Single Man</i>: It's better to look good than to be good

Tom Ford's A Single Man: It's better to look good than to be good

Too much is never enough for fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford, whose debut feature flaunts its capital-A Artiness the way some Napoleonic gym rats flaunt their overdeveloped musculature. Unlike his fellow arthouse Michael Bays — Julie Taymor, Julian Schnabel,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Easy Virtue</i>

Easy Virtue

Quick! Noël Coward—sage or supercilious bitch? No matter where you stand, Stephan Elliott’s deliciously cheeky screen adaptation of one of the satirist’s lesser-known jabs at the British upper crust will charm your pants off. The movie opens with a contemporary…
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Calendar, Night&Day When Did you Last See Your Father?

When Did you Last See Your Father?

Directed by Anand Tucker with the same intelligent tact he brought to Hilary and Jackie, and cleanly adapted by David Nicholls from a brutally frank memoir by British writer Blake Morrison, this minor pleasure of a drama about an aggrieved…
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Film, Life with Father

Life with Father

Nothing snaps a child's head around quite like a dying parent, especially when the parent is a cantankerous old sod like Arthur Morrison (Jim Broadbent), whose nominally adult son Blake (Colin Firth) still clings to childhood grievances. Directed by Anand…
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Film, The Edge of Treason

The Edge of Treason

A week after having seen Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, no memory of it remains save some scribblings in my notepad, such is the slight nature of this woeful, forgettable sequel. Squandering the goodwill that lingers from the original,…
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Charmed Circle

My Life So Far Directed by Hugh Hudson. Screenplay by Simon Donald, based on the book Son of Adam by Sir Denis Forman. Starring Colin Firth, Malcolm McDowell, Irene Jacob, and Robert Norman. Opens Friday at the Embarcadero Center. Ten-year-old…
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Ten-year-old Fraser Pettigrew leads an idyllic existence. He lives on a bucolic estate in Scotland with five siblings, four dogs, his gentle mother Moira (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), eccentric inventor father Edward (Colin Firth), and indomitable grandmother Gamma Macintosh (Rosemary Harris).…
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