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Culture, The Exhibitionist Director-Producer Charlie Kaufman Animates Our Alienation in <i>Anomalisa</i>

Director-Producer Charlie Kaufman Animates Our Alienation in Anomalisa

In Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa, which opened Jan. 8, customer service expert and author, Michael (David Thewlis) lectures reps across the country on how to assist others. But off on an overnight business trip in Cincinnati, he struggles to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist In <i>Anomalisa</i>, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

In Anomalisa, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Attention Pixar fans: Charlie Kaufman’s new stop-motion animation film Anomalisa is not for you. There isn’t a single pop of bright color. No clever talking animals. Not a cheerful adapted fable in sight. If you’re looking for a stop…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish <i>American Gangster: Unrated Extended Edition</i> Among This Week's DVD Releases

American Gangster: Unrated Extended Edition Among This Week's DVD Releases

Margot at the Wedding (Paramount) Margot (Nicole Kidman, or someone who looks just like her) is a fiction writer whose tales are based, uncomfortably and unkindly, on the real-life family for whom she seems to care very little. Hence sister…
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Film, With Relatives Like These ...

With Relatives Like These ...

There are comedies of discomfort, and then there's Margot at the Wedding, Noah Baumbach's scalding follow-up to The Squid and the Whale. An immersion in sibling malice and simmering resentment, with one of the most infuriating characters in recent movies…
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Calendar, Night&Day Down in the Valley

Down in the Valley

If it’s true that you’ve got to suffer if you want to sing the blues, as David Bromberg proposed in one his best tunes, then how to explain the Mill Valley Film Festival? The living is easy in Mill Valley…
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Film, Shock and Awful

Shock and Awful

It is no great joy to review Palindromes, the latest film from writer/director Todd Solondz, who is loved by those who do not loathe him for such movies as Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness, and Storytelling. Advance word had Palindromes…
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Culture, Stuff Cumming Up

Cumming Up

Alan Cumming is, in no particular order, the following: an actor, a pop icon, a Renaissance man, a sex symbol, a bon viveur and the boy next door. "I am a combination of all those things," insists the 36-year-old Scot,…
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Double Take

When Mare Winningham first read the script of Georgia, what should have been a dream come true at that point seemed like a nightmare: playing a famous singer/songwriter. For years, the Sonoma mother of five had kept the two parts…
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A Woman's Lot

"Let's not pretend we're at some Norman Rockwell family reunion," snarls Selena (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the prime mover of Dolores Claiborne. While Dolores (Kathy Bates) still refuses to acknowledge that her daughter's "bad patch" was a "fucking nervous breakdown," and…
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