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Film, "Stars in Shorts": Judi Dench Shines, Neil LaBute Stinks

"Stars in Shorts": Judi Dench Shines, Neil LaBute Stinks

Unlike most anthology films, Stars in Shorts is composed of preexisting short films that weren't originally intended to be viewed together. As a result, there's no consistent theme to the seven segments other than "starring famous people," hence the wink-wink…
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Film, Predator v. Predator

Predator v. Predator

Notes on a Scandal, brilliantly adapted by Patrick Marber from the darkly comic Zoé Heller novel, is a grim piece of work — Fatal Attraction for the art-house crowd, shorn of its predecessor's fearful misogyny. Set in a dreary London…
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Film, The Nude Bomb

The Nude Bomb

The studied British theatricality and sharp wit of Mrs. Henderson Presents are likely to make it a favorite among nostalgiaphiles, theater buffs, and the tea-and-crumpets set. Sailing along on the strength of another showy performance by Judi Dench, Stephen Frears'…
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Film, Swiss Cheese

Swiss Cheese

Poor old MGM -- the once-golden studio that has been battered and abused by ever-changing ownership and management for nearly three decades now -- still has one sure-shot franchise among its assets: the James Bond series, whose longevity is astounding.…
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Highland Fling

Mrs. Brown Directed by John Madden. Screenplay by Jeremy Brock. Starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, and Antony Sher. At the Embarcadero Center. In the not-so-brave new world of independent filmmaking, low-budget movies premiere at Sundance or Cannes and win plaudits…
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