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Film, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close": Bald Eagles Are Weeping

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close": Bald Eagles Are Weeping

Director Stephen Daldry has never met a Big Theme he didn't like: After 2002's The Hours, a lugubrious women's-problem picture touching on AIDS and assisted suicide, he went to Auschwitz with 2008's The Reader. Daldry's logical next stop is Extremely…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Reader

The Reader

Beamed at the Academy of Motion Pictures, Category of High Moral Tone, comes Stephen Daldry’s fatally respectful take on the acclaimed 1995 novel by Bernhard Schlink about German culpability for the Holocaust. Sidestepping the usual Auschwitz camp footage and unfolding…
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Film, Reading Is Fundamental

Reading Is Fundamental

Like Doubt, Stephen Daldry's The Reader is low-budget, high-profile, and beamed straight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Category of High Moral Tone. Only in this case, the stakes are way higher and the attitude muted to…
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Film, Sour <i>Hours</i>

Sour Hours

It all begins with the word. "I believe I may have a first sentence," murmurs Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman, yes really) to her husband, Leonard (Stephen Dillane), commencing labor on the author's fourth novel, Mrs. Dalloway. The year is 1921,…
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