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Film, "Margaret": Teen Angst in Post-9/11 World

"Margaret": Teen Angst in Post-9/11 World

Shot in 2005—lead actress Anna Paquin, now 29, credibly plays a 17-year-old—Margaret was delayed first by the editing room angst of writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, and then a court battle between its producers over Lonergan's alleged inability to produce a "releasable"…
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Film, Feature Year in Film: "Margaret" Is the Best Forgotten Cursed Film of 2011

Year in Film: "Margaret" Is the Best Forgotten Cursed Film of 2011

Margaret, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me), starring Anna Paquin with key supporting performances from Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo, is the best film of 2011. Chances are very, very good that you haven't seen…
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Culture, Stage The Force

The Force

The hero of Kenneth Lonergan's painfully funny play is a security guard named Jeff, just bumped from the Navy, who watches the lobby of a middle-income high-rise in Manhattan. He doesn't pack a gun. He doesn't save anyone's life. In…
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Culture, Stage

This Is Our Youth

Most people know Kenneth Lonergan for his moving, Oscar-nominated screenplay about the complexity of sibling relations, You Can Count on Me. But the newly noted writer has also penned several pieces for the stage, including the coming-of-age drama This Is…
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Film, Family Values

Family Values

The moods of Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me are so artfully mingled that it's difficult to get a fix on this highly personal independent feature. Set in a quiet little town in upstate New York's lovely Catskill Mountains,…
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