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Film, "Enough Said": James Gandolfini's Last Film Showed His Soft Side

"Enough Said": James Gandolfini's Last Film Showed His Soft Side

In a way, writer-director Nicole Holofcener's fifth feature, a small-scale romantic comedy about weary and insecure middle-agers, is a lot like The Dark Knight. As that film was a bittersweet reminder of how Heath Ledger had more to give than…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Please Give</i>

Please Give

Nicole Holofcener's fourth feature is, for the most part, witty and engrossing. Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt) are bourgeois grave-robbers, stocking their West Village "vintage furniture" store with mid-20th-century pieces bought from the distracted children of the recently…
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Film, Liberal guilt's got soul in "Please Give"

Liberal guilt's got soul in "Please Give"

Nicole Holofcener's fourth feature, Please Give, is a notable rebound from the insufficiently examined self-absorption of her last, Friends with Money. Please Give is not quite Lovely and Amazing — Holofcener's mordant, quasiautobiographical "three sisters" spin — but it is,…
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Films About What the Haves Have Not

"I'm a girl who likes nice stuff," says Nicole Holofcener, looking around the spacious but unpretentious home she recently bought in a celebrity-free neighborhood of Venice, California. "But right where I live, there's a three-block area that's all homeless, all…
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Film, Lovely, Not Amazing

Lovely, Not Amazing

In Nicole Holofcener's first feature, 1996's Walking and Talking, the writer-director warmly portrayed an adult female friendship, nudging at emotional issues without resorting to shtick or melodrama. Five years later, Holofcener's Lovely and Amazing attempted to do the same for…
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Film, Nemesisters

Nemesisters

Think of it as Todd Solondz lite -- loads of dysfunction but, thankfully, none of the perversion. In fact, despite deep-seated neuroses, occasionally inappropriate behavior, and a propensity for unhealthy relationships, the four females who are the Marks family are…
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