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News, Feature "Hedwig" creator John Cameron Mitchell switches gears

"Hedwig" creator John Cameron Mitchell switches gears

"I can hold the tape recorder," filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell offers. "I tend to speak quietly." Graciousness appears to be second nature to Mitchell — once an altar boy, always an altar boy — who has agreed to brave an…
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Film, "Rabbit Hole": A couple grieves tastefully

"Rabbit Hole": A couple grieves tastefully

Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole plops us down in the lives of Becca (Nicole Kidman, who also produced) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart), fortyish bourgie marrieds rattling around an East Coast dream…
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Film, Feature Going Places

Going Places

Unlike the zigzagging protagonist of his latest film, Up in the Air, Jason Reitman tends to stay close to home. "If we were in a small town, you'd call me a 'townie.' I'd be the guy who's always lived within…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Chafing Dishes

Chafing Dishes

No Reservations (Warner Bros.) From its cheap, mid-'90s-looking package to its woefully scant extras (one pre-chewed Food Network behind-the-scenes, blech) to its wide-screen/full-screen option, this feels like something dropped right into the discount bins; it probably debuts at half off…
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Music, All Shook Down

No Reservations Movie Review. Grade: B+

“… The cynic would like to write this off as empty grown-up hooey, Baby Boom without an ounce of bang. But you can’t do it, because the thing’s so charming …” BY ROBERT WILONSKY…
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Film, Split Tease

Split Tease

Helena Bonham Carter is barely 40, and Aaron Eckhart still a couple of years shy, but already they're old enough that, in Conversations With Other Women, totally different twentysomething actors have to portray them in flashbacks. Carter gets the better…
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Film, Puff Piece

Puff Piece

"You want an easy job, go join the Red Cross," someone says well into Thank You for Smoking, a gleeful farce about capitalist mendacity based on Christopher Buckley's 1994 best-seller. The implication, made drummingly plain in the film's every bon…
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Film, Screenplay <i>Zero</i>

Screenplay Zero

You know how fear is scary? Well, director E. Elias Merhige is into that, especially in his new serial-killer thriller Suspect Zero. Absent, however, is the dark-comic malevolence the director smartly cultivated in his successful and disquieting Shadow of the…
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Culture, Stuff When He Was Cruel

When He Was Cruel

Two women, dressed in standard waitstaff uniforms, emerge from the bar and into the well-appointed lobby of the hotel built 90 years ago by beer magnate Adolphus Busch, who tried to bring the Jazz Age to what would become a…
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Your Friends & Neighbors Directed and written by Neil LaBute. Starring Ben Stiller, Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Keener, Amy Brenneman, Jason Patric, and Nastassja Kinski. At area theaters. As the lights came up after a screening of the new Neil LaBute…
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