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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Whatever Works</i>

Whatever Works

Whatever Works is Woody Allen’s first New York movie after five years abroad. It’s his first in even longer to center on the Woody Allen character—an urban neurotic, here named Boris Yellnikoff and brashly played by Larry David. Toughened and…
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Film, Woody Allen on life, actors, younger women, and his 40th film

Woody Allen on life, actors, younger women, and his 40th film

The new Woody Allen film, Whatever Works — his 40th, for those keeping count — signals a return for the filmmaker in more ways than one. For starters, it is his first film to shoot on location in New York…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Wrestler

The Wrestler

The Wrestler may be plenty visceral, but it’s no more a sports movie than professional wrestling is a competitive sport. Chronic over-reacher Darren Aronofsky’s relatively unpretentious follow-up to the debacle that was The Fountain is all about showbiz. You want…
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Film, FilmCap

The Life Before Her Eyes

Riddled with high concept, this florid adaptation of Laura Kasischke's 2002 novel is a horror picture of sorts that plays off a Columbine-style high-school shooting from the victims' point of view. For all I know, the author, who's also a…
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Music, Mute Manson

Mute Manson

When Marilyn Manson announced plans for retirement from music in 2005, it seemed like a respectable move. Here was a cultural icon who had incited conservative ire and peddled subversive (if stridently adolescent) rebellion with a cerebral edge, an ambitious…
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Film, Drift Wood

Drift Wood

The problem with making black-lacquered high school satire is this: Heathers came out in 1989, and it pretty much did the trick. There's always room for an excellent addition to the genre, and in 1999, it appeared in the form…
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