Films

Five Dramatic Actors Who Should Be Comedians

Colin Firth would look so fetching in drag

Colin Firth would look so fetching in drag.

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Make the Jump, Jesters

Five comedians who should be dramatic actors

Patton Oswalt's list of 5 comedians who have conquered funny and now need to take a chance on drama.

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In the business of being a child star, no one could match Shirley Temple.

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There is one moment in The Monuments Men that is as sweet and pleasing as a fresh cupcake. It has a charm that is no small thing in the making of movies. Let’s not spoil the moment by spelling it out, let’s just admit that it employs someone named Clooney. I am happy to say that now, and happier still holding on to its memory, for apart from that this is one of the most dreadful, smug, and incoherent films I have ever seen, and a travesty of its many large subjects.

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Science says that abstinence-only detox treatment doesn't work. But the culture of rehab has yet to catch up.

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Germans Make a Sympathetic TV Series about WWII. What Could Go Wrong?

The well-intentioned, deeply troubling hear of "Generation War"

To turn history into TV, producers everywhere make the past tidy and simple and sympathetic. But when it's Germans presenting WWII, middlebrow conventions are no excuse.

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A Jolly Good Fellini

July 13, 1963

Like most autobiographical works Federico Fellini's scintillating new film 8 ½ reveals something more than its author intended. Begin with the title. It derives from the fact that, up to now, Fellini has made six full-length films and has contributed three "half" segments to anthology films. Before we step into the theater, the title tells us that he is clever, and that he sees the film as part of his personal history. It also tells us that he found himself stuck for a title.

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There is an imperturbable grace about Stanley Kauffmann’s writing, a plainspoken clarity in the face of the onslaught that is the movies. Arriving for lunch in his favorite Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village, Stanley exuded that grace and clarity; he looked ageless in a beautiful sports jacket purchased in London decades earlier. Movies, plays, books! This was the air he breathed—together, of course, with his friendships and his great marriage with Laura.

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Suppose I asked, do you want to meet “Michelle," what would you expect? You might wonder, “Does he mean the first lady?” But the more you think about “Michelle,” the younger the name seems. If I had to take a guess, I’d say “Michelle” would be closer to a Beatle-like 25. That’s the age Michelle Pfeiffer was in Scarface, when her character, Elvira, in an aqua-colored sheath and straight blonde hair, got in the glass elevator to go to dinner with her guy, Frank, and the guy who straightaway reckoned to be her guy, Tony Montana.

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From the Stacks: "Journey into the Night"

September 23, 1946

In honor of Raymond Chandler's birthday, our 1946 review of the film version of his novel "The Big Sleep," starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

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