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  • DVD Review: Answering the call of 'Fargo'

    DVD Review: Answering the call of 'Fargo'
    Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi, who was Oscar-nominated for her role in “Babel”) plays a 29-year-old Tokyo office worker with no life to speak of. Her job is demeaning, and she has no close friends (except her bunny rabbit). Her future is a void.
  • DVD Review: Czech classic is a strange wonder

    To the extent that he's remembered at all in the U.S., Czech filmmaker Jaromil Jires is best known for “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders,” the last gasp of the Czech New Wave before the Soviets marched in and took over. It has the plot elements...

    Film Review: Newest 'Bovary' takes conventional route

    Film Review: Newest 'Bovary' takes conventional route
    Ahhh! It seems like only yesterday that I reviewed an adaptation of Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary.” How our minds play tricks with the passage of time! Why, it was actually a whole three weeks ago that I wrote about Anne Fontaine’s...

    Stage Review: A playwright runs from his past

    Stage Review: A playwright runs from his past
    Playwright Charlie is in the first stable relationship of his life with beautiful, loving Shelly. What could possibly go wrong? How about three gorgeous ex-girlfriends — with agendas — who show up while Shelly is out of town? In his new...

    DVD Review: 'Focus' sets its sights on the con

    DVD Review: 'Focus' sets its sights on the con
    “Focus,” Will Smith's amiable con man movie, is one of several commercial disappointments the once-unbeatable headliner has suffered in the last decade. It wasn't an “After Earth”-size catastrophe, but still. The film starts with...