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Some movies seem to be put on this Earth just for actors. You look at the synopsis of a picture, and you think, "Well, it could be OK," but then you notice who's in it — maybe a performer you like but haven't seen in a while, or someone you never liked at all, but the casting piques your cu...

A Chopped-Up Eleanor Rigby Suffers a Fate Worse Than Loneliness

In two minutes, the Beatles captured the empty life of sad singleton Eleanor Rigby. Director Ned Benson is devoting three films to her namesake -- a New York divorcée (Jessica Chastain) -- and this first entry, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, barely explains her at ...

No Good Deed: Oh, to Be Rich and Hunted by Idris Elba!

Married Women Over 30, here’s a pitch for a movie: My Dinner With Idris. You never thought it would happen to you, but one rainy night when your handsome and successful but distracted husband who doesn’t appreciate you is out of town, Idris Elba (The Wire, Mandela: Long Walk...

The Waiting Game and Black Mexicans

Dear Mexican,

A very close friend of mine is supposed to become a U.S. citizen. He was brought here by his parents when he was nine and has been illegal since then. When the laws changed, he went through a lot of hoops and it really didn't look good for a long while — espe...

Capsule Stage Reviews: September 18, 2014

Capsule reviews by D.L. Groover

The 39 Steps A.D. Players has one of its freshest, funniest productions in memory with Patrick Barlow's adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. This 2008 Tony-winner and Drama Desk award recipient for "unique theatrical experienc...

Capsule Art Reviews: September 18, 2014

"Earl Staley: Reconstructions" The transformations caused by time and the evolution of thought have been illustrated brilliantly by artist Earl Staley, who did a series of paintings of Greco-Roman mythology 30 years ago, and has now cut each of these works into strips of canvas, repainted ...

If You’re Not a Rich Dope, This Is Where I Leave You Offers Nothing

"I've spent my whole life playing it safe," whines Judd Altman (Jason Bateman), the middle-class milquetoast at the center of This Is Where I Leave You. Yes, well, so has director Shawn Levy, but on the basis of his latest vacuous trifle he has no apparent intention, as Altman does,...

Kevin Smith’s Tusk Labors for Infamy

Kevin Smith is a bright guy who over the years has become a little too taken with his own persona, his own jokes, his own cult following — it's the filmmaker's equivalent of getting high on your own supply. No matter how awkwardly pontifical or ill-shapen his movies have gotten in the past ...

A Walk Among the Tombstones Is the Kind of Thriller Liam Neeson Deserves

They've done it at last: made a Liam Neeson-stomps-some-ass flick where, as the credits roll, there's more stuff to be glad you saw than Neeson himself. Based on one of those Lawrence Block novels that's pretty smart but also too invested in the mechanics of rape and torture, the movie's a grim b...

Wiig and Hader Brave Despair in The Skeleton Twins — and Still Get Laughs

Surprisingly moving for a film assembled from such familiar scenes, Craig Johnson's The Skeleton Twins mushes together queasy/quirky indie family drama with the beats of a romantic comedy. You know the outline just from eyeballing the poster: Kristen Wiig's Maggie and Bill Hader's M...

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