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Year of the Dog

Molly Shannon stars as Peggy, an executive assistant with a tidy little life.  But then her pet dog suddenly dies, leaving an unexpectedly large void.  Without anyplace to channel her prodigious energy, Peggy flounders from one passion to the next.  Director Mike White has become adept at creating uncomfortable little movies

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Year of the Dog

Molly Shannon stars as Peggy, an executive assistant with a tidy little life.  But then her pet dog suddenly dies, leaving an unexpectedly large void.  Without anyplace to channel her prodigious energy, Peggy flounders from one passion to the next.  Director Mike White has become adept at creating uncomfortable little movies

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An uncomfortable good time

Mike White makes movies about misfits.  In “Chuck & Buck,” “The Good Girl” and even the more mainstream “The School of Rock,” he centers the action on the kind of people we’d ordinarily snicker at or, more likely, just avoid — and then he documents their most agonizingly awkward moments.  It’s

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An uncomfortable good time

Mike White makes movies about misfits.  In “Chuck & Buck,” “The Good Girl” and even the more mainstream “The School of Rock,” he centers the action on the kind of people we’d ordinarily snicker at or, more likely, just avoid — and then he documents their most agonizingly awkward moments.  It’s

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Updating a classic

If they had to remake “Rear Window” — and it was inevitable — this is the way to do it: with an appealingly sullen teen hero, lots of nifty surveillance gadgets in place of James Stewart’s telephoto lens, and a romantic interest who looks like Gisele Bundchen’s younger sister.  This

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Updating a classic

If they had to remake “Rear Window” — and it was inevitable — this is the way to do it: with an appealingly sullen teen hero, lots of nifty surveillance gadgets in place of James Stewart’s telephoto lens, and a romantic interest who looks like Gisele Bundchen’s younger sister.  This

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Skip â€Ë"The Reaping’

Hilary Swank is faced with a problem.  A great problem, but still a problem: after two Best Actress Oscar wins, what direction will her career take?  She has a responsibility to the Academy, after all.  She alerted us that she can play the femme fatale in “The Black Dahlia,” and

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Skip ‘The Reaping’

Hilary Swank is faced with a problem.  A great problem, but still a problem: after two Best Actress Oscar wins, what direction will her career take?  She has a responsibility to the Academy, after all.  She alerted us that she can play the femme fatale in “The Black Dahlia,” and

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