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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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Film, "Sweetwater": Don't Trust the Preacher, January Jones

"Sweetwater": Don't Trust the Preacher, January Jones

Sweetwater Logan Miller's Sweetwater is a violent, self-consciously campy western that never quite adds up to anything. When evil preacher Josiah (Jason Isaacs, whose fake beard is reminiscent of Evil Spock's goatee) kills honest farmer Miguel (Eduardo Noriega), Miguel's widow,…
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Film, "Man on a Ledge": Wrong-Man Thriller Goes Thud

"Man on a Ledge": Wrong-Man Thriller Goes Thud

The hero of this red-herring heist flick draws two reactions from the throng beneath his 21st-floor perch on a Manhattan hotel. The first is the "just get it over with" impatience of New Yorkers impeded by police barricades. The second…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Pitch

The Pitch

Identical twins Logan and Noah Miller survived growing up with an alcoholic father in Marin, became accomplished baseball players, and worked as shirtless Abercrombie & Fitch models, in an odd but believable upbringing. Then they waylaid the actor Ed Harris…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Appaloosa</i>

Appaloosa

Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) are the new marshal and deputy facing down a posse of bad guys in Appaloosa, New Mexico, circa 1882, in Harris's latest directorial effort. Appaloosa has the shifting boundaries…
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Calendar, Night&Day Reel Men

Reel Men

Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) are the new marshal and deputy facing down a posse of bad guys in Appaloosa, New Mexico, circa 1882, in Harris’s latest directorial effort. Appaloosa has the shifting boundaries…
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Film, Old West

Old West

Course he's willing to die. You think we do this kinda work 'cause we're scared to die?" So speaks Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) about his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), as the two stare down a posse of bad guys…
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Calendar, Night&Day Saint Nic

Saint Nic

Oscar winner in hideous haircut? Check. Love interest with foreign accent? Yup. Insanely convoluted treasure hunt involving multiple ancient clues to solve historical mystery? You know it. But this ain't The Da Vinci Code, folks. How can we tell? National…
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Film, Tone Deaf

Tone Deaf

Ed Harris as Beethoven? The man who would be John Glenn is hardly the most instinctive choice to play the legendary composer, especially if you recall Gary Oldman's performance in Immortal Beloved. Oldman embodied the maestro. Still, as Jackson Pollock…
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Film, Will in the Way

Will in the Way

From the stars of Elf, here's a new drama about depression and family baggage! Might not want to bring the kids to this one, lest they wonder why Buddy the Elf's girlfriend is drowning a kitten and deliberately slamming her…
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Calendar, Night&Day Picasso, Action Hero

Picasso, Action Hero

The impressionists were daring and whimsical, but they weren't especially popular in their day. Credit Pablo Picasso with blowing away painting's reputation for airless solemnity in a tornado of macho modernism. As a side benefit, his astonishing productivity mocked the…
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Culture, Stuff Harden's Crossing

Harden's Crossing

It was to have been a routine stop on a routine press tour, yet another town in which the actress was to show up, chit and chat with the local media about her movie, then move on -- the traveling…
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Film, Portrait of the Artist

Portrait of the Artist

Van Gogh was a lunatic who cut off his ear. Picasso was a self-absorbed cur who abused women. Warhol turned out to be a weird, desperate loner, Basquiat a doomed junkie. Try as he might, shriveled little Toulouse-Lautrec failed miserably…
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Emotional Rescue

Stepmom Directed by Chris Columbus. Written by Gigi Levangie, Jessie Nelson, Steven Rogers, Karen Leigh Hopkins, and Ron Bass. Starring Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts, and Ed Harris. Opens Friday, December 25, at area theaters. Given the manipulative tendencies of many…
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