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Film, "Closed Circuit": The Brits Love to Remind Us They're Always Being Watched

"Closed Circuit": The Brits Love to Remind Us They're Always Being Watched

Closed Circuit In a modern-day London of ubiquitous surveillance and perpetual malfeasance (and there we have the double-meaning of the movie's title), Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are lawyers, and former lovers, defending a suspected terrorist. That's challenging enough, but…
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Film, "Lay the Favorite": One Day She'll Win

"Lay the Favorite": One Day She'll Win

A wan comedy about gambling that takes no risks, Stephen Frears' Lay the Favorite has none of the stinging sordidness of The Grifters, his 1990 movie about chiselers and con artists. That tight, nimble adaptation of Jim Thompson's high-pulp, strained-through,…
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Film, "The Awakening": The Haunting of Early 20-Century England

"The Awakening": The Haunting of Early 20-Century England

A ghost story relies on the memory of trauma, and The Awakening has plenty, as it's set in a slate-toned 1921, with the catastrophe of the Great War and England's grieving still fresh. Authoress Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is the…
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Culture, Stage Spoken Word

Spoken Word

In one of the most expressive moments of Peter Hall's As You Like It, Rosalind (Rebecca Hall) slips a gold chain from around her neck and offers it as a gift to Orlando (Dan Stevens). The young nobleman is so…
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