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The Realistic Joneses – Four Characters in Search of a Play

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei are terrific actors. Watching them work is a pleasure. Each manifests his role from the

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JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME

This One Will Get You Talking—
Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Saturday, March 31st, 2012
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One week after seeing the film, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, we are still talking about it. There’s so much to debate in this quirky

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Clooney

Beware The Ides of March

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
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Approval ratings for the President and Congress have plummeted. The Ides of March, George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, does nothing to restore faith in our

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The Lincoln Lawyer—In Defense of the Defense Attorney

Saturday, March 26th, 2011
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My first journalism job out of college was covering the police beat for a mid-sized daily newspaper in Pennsylvania. Part of my routine was to

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One Life to Live—The Case for Preserving Soaps

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
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There are many reasons why soap operas, those daytime dramas that once dominated afternoon television, are on life support. More working women, an explosion of

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Cyrus

Three’s A Crowd in Cyrus

Sunday, June 13th, 2010
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John C. Reilly gets it just right as John, a forlorn man who has lost all hope of finding love seven years after his marriage

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The Wrestler

Mickey Rourke in an Amazing Comeback Role

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
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The Wrestler is not a chick flick. It’s not one you will want to watch with a group of your BFFs. You may, in fact,

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