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Film, "The Grand Seduction": The Charm of a Small Town Trying to Suck You In

"The Grand Seduction": The Charm of a Small Town Trying to Suck You In

Don McKellar's comedy The Grand Seduction is an English-language remake of the Québécois Seducing Doctor Lewis, with a few hints of Bill Forsythe's Local Hero. Tickle Head, an economically depressed Newfoundland fishing harbor of fewer than 150 people, needs to…
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Film, Fade to white

Fade to white

The most recent example of bleak chic, Fernando Meirelles' mostly harrowing adaptation of José Saramago's international best-seller Blindness mixes the high-velocity pace and stylishness of the Brazilian director's breakout City of God with the Portuguese author's thinly metaphysical horror thriller.…
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Film, <i>Blindness</i> fades to white

Blindness fades to white

The most recent example of bleak chic, Fernando Meirelles' mostly harrowing adaptation of José Saramago's international best-seller Blindness mixes the high-velocity pace and stylishness of the Brazilian director's breakout City of God with the Portuguese author's thinly metaphysical horror thriller.…
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Culture, Stage <i>Drowsy</i> <i>Chaperone</i> is funny, but not filling

Drowsy Chaperone is funny, but not filling

What, exactly, is the point of a musical? Man in Chair, the narrator figure in the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, echoes millions of theatergoers when he says, "I just want a story, and a few good songs that will…
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