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Film, "Begin Again": A Music Executive Learns to Love Again ... Through (Surprise!) Music

"Begin Again": A Music Executive Learns to Love Again ... Through (Surprise!) Music

Coming out of nowhere in 2006, writer-director John Carney's Once was a demo-tape revelation of a movie, the understated alt-pop antidote to a scourge of prefab overblown musicals. Carney's newest film seems in many ways like a glossed-up Once remix,…
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Music, Bouncer Probing Epiphanies at the Dubliner

Probing Epiphanies at the Dubliner

My father looked like he had just been shot with a poison dart. "You don't like James Joyce?" "Well," I stammered, "It's not that I don't like him, I just think he's a bit boring." He threw his hands up…
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Film, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World": Apocalyptically Dull

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World": Apocalyptically Dull

What's missing from first-time director Lorene Scafaria's Steve Carell — vehicle misfire is the one element any apocalypse narrative suffocates without — urgency. Scafaria, screenwriter of the chipper, inexplicably lauded Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has created an end-times comedy…
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Calendar, Night&Day Children sentenced to a certain fate

Children sentenced to a certain fate

Published five years ago, Kazuo Ishiguro's massively praised Never Let Me Go is set in an alternate universe where life has been extended and catastrophic illness eliminated, thanks to an evolutionary advance, namely the harvesting of vital organs from specially…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Duchess</i>

The Duchess

Based on Amanda Foreman's biography of Georgiana Spencer, the Duchess of Devonshire, Saul Dibb's costume drama tells how Princess Diana's 18th-century ancestor (played here by Keira Knightley)—a naive ingénue married off in her teens to a fornicating icy stiff (get…
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Film, Royally Screwed

Royally Screwed

The Duchess is the best women's movie of the summer. Don't get too excited: Sex and the City, Mamma Mia!, and The Women set the bar so dismally low that almost any film with a dame in it who doesn't…
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Film, Love at First Fight

Love at First Fight

Keira Knightley, who is all of 20 but has the grace and gravitas of someone a good decade older, probably considers herself the luckiest lass in all the world at present. Just as Pride & Prejudice begins filling the cineplex…
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Film, Keira Get Your Gun

Keira Get Your Gun

Her name is Domino Harvey, and she is a bounty hunter. If you've seen even one TV spot or theatrical trailer for Domino, you've heard that message ground into your brain like an annoying jingle. What you may not know…
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