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Film, Meet the parent: De Niro hits a low in <i> Everybody's Fine</i>

Meet the parent: De Niro hits a low in Everybody's Fine

Don't be misled by the cheesy, generic poster for Kirk Jones' Everybody's Fine, in which a grinning Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and Kate Beckinsale pose with Robert De Niro (airbrushed almost to the point of unrecognizable) for their characters' family…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Unknown Woman</i>

The Unknown Woman

Remember Giuseppe Tornatore, who made the overrated but harmlessly cute Cinema Paradiso, about the grumpy projectionist who made him the fabulous filmmaker he is today? Meet the filmmaker that he is today: sadomasochistic fantasist, exploiter of women, and cheesy Hitchcock…
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Calendar, Night&Day Reel Life

Reel Life

I was 17 when I first saw Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso, and though I don't put too much stock in my adolescent leanings, the film's shameless sappiness and romantic nostalgia sparked a lifelong fascination with Italian culture and with the…
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Drowning in Memory

The gothic rainstorm that blusters for all but the last few minutes of A Pure Formality would nicely suit a movie about Transylvanian vampires, or monsters with zipper necks. But because the deluged land is France, the nearest thing to…
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