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Carey Mulligan in Thomas Hardy’s
Far from the Madding Crowd

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Thomas Hardy was the romance writer of his day, his plots, featuring tangled love affairs and class struggles, serving as a template for many other

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Skylight – Unequivocally Marvelous!

Friday, April 10th, 2015
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If necessary, break into your savings. This production of David Hare’s riveting 1996 play is one of the most memorable evenings of theater you’ll witness

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Inside Llewyn Davis, Inside an Artist

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
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The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, have made careers of turning a spotlight on misfits, losers, fringe-dwellers and failures. In other words, they show outsiders—the

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Jay Gatsby’s Name Could Have Been Mud

Monday, May 13th, 2013
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There are two films now in theaters that have a lot in common – The Great Gatsby and Mud. Comparing a movie based on a

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Woman Around Town: Jojo Moyes Discusses
Her Best-Selling Novel, Me Before You

Monday, April 8th, 2013
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The first time I heard of Jojo Moyes, the British journalist and novelist, was when I read an essay she wrote in the weekend edition

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Shame—Fassbender and Mulligan Bare All

Monday, December 5th, 2011
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In Steve McQueen’s sophomore effort Shame, Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a highly successful, exceptionally handsome, but emotionally barren, thirty-something living in New York City. In

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Drive: A Neo-Noir Masterpiece

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
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Movies always have the chance to surprise us; not just in the sense of the OMG plot twist we never ever saw coming but in

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps… But You Might

Friday, October 1st, 2010
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It feels almost sacrilegious not to laud Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, in the wake of Michael Douglas’s recent diagnosis of stage four throat cancer.

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