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The Visitor is welcome anytime

The following is a bare-bones synopsis of writer-director Thomas McCarthy’s latest film, The Visitor. A lonely man keeps to himself upon losing someone dear to him. He then meets an energetic stranger who helps recharge his broken spirit. A couple of women also enter his life and help to reawaken

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The Visitor is welcome anytime

The following is a bare-bones synopsis of writer-director Thomas McCarthy’s latest film, The Visitor. A lonely man keeps to himself upon losing someone dear to him. He then meets an energetic stranger who helps recharge his broken spirit. A couple of women also enter his life and help to reawaken

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Stars rise above script

Penelope Wilhern has a pig nose.  Let’s just get that out in the open straightaway.  It was a birth defect caused by a family curse that cannot be surgically fixed because the carotid artery runs through it, or some such.  Still with me?  Penelope (Christina Ricci) is an adult now,

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Stars rise above script

Penelope Wilhern has a pig nose.  Let’s just get that out in the open straightaway.  It was a birth defect caused by a family curse that cannot be surgically fixed because the carotid artery runs through it, or some such.  Still with me?  Penelope (Christina Ricci) is an adult now,

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The Grand opens â€Ë"Golden Door’

In America, garden vegetables are as big as people and currency grows in the shrubbery. At least that’s what one Sicilian peasant family thinks upon seeing some doctored-up postcards. Salvatore Mancuso (Vincenzo Amato) is a poor farmer. His land is rough and rocky, and his livestock consists of a donkey,

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The Grand opens ‘Golden Door’

In America, garden vegetables are as big as people and currency grows in the shrubbery. At least that’s what one Sicilian peasant family thinks upon seeing some doctored-up postcards. Salvatore Mancuso (Vincenzo Amato) is a poor farmer. His land is rough and rocky, and his livestock consists of a donkey,

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License To Wed

The best part of “License to Wed” comes fairly late in the movie, after you haven’t laughed nearly enough, after you’ve looked at your watch a half-dozen times, and long after you’ve decided you don’t care about the characters, not one bit.  It’s when John Krasinski punches Robin Williams in the

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License To Wed

The best part of “License to Wed” comes fairly late in the movie, after you haven’t laughed nearly enough, after you’ve looked at your watch a half-dozen times, and long after you’ve decided you don’t care about the characters, not one bit.  It’s when John Krasinski punches Robin Williams in the

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Hotel hell rings a bell

It is difficult not to compare every movie based on a Stephen King horror story to the greatness of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” (1980).  There have been other great King-to-screen fright fests, notably Brian De Palma’s “Carrie” (1976) and Rob Reiner’s “Misery” (1990), but there was something extra about Kubrick’s

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Hotel hell rings a bell

It is difficult not to compare every movie based on a Stephen King horror story to the greatness of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” (1980).  There have been other great King-to-screen fright fests, notably Brian De Palma’s “Carrie” (1976) and Rob Reiner’s “Misery” (1990), but there was something extra about Kubrick’s

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Penguins riding a wave of popularity

Hollywood’s infatuation with penguins continues with “Surf’s Up,” where a documentary film crew asks competitive surfer Cody Maverick if he has any other skills.  He answers: “What, like singing and dancing?”  His response is a pointed diss/nod to last year’s animated “Happy Feet,” in which emperor penguins sang for their spouses

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Penguins riding a wave of popularity

Hollywood’s infatuation with penguins continues with “Surf’s Up,” where a documentary film crew asks competitive surfer Cody Maverick if he has any other skills.  He answers: “What, like singing and dancing?”  His response is a pointed diss/nod to last year’s animated “Happy Feet,” in which emperor penguins sang for their spouses

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Slice of heaven

You’ll want to do one of three things after you see “Waitress”: eat a pie, bake a pie or sing a song about pie (because you won’t be able to get a certain pie ditty out of your head for about a day and a half).  Whichever way you go,

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Slice of heaven

You’ll want to do one of three things after you see “Waitress”: eat a pie, bake a pie or sing a song about pie (because you won’t be able to get a certain pie ditty out of your head for about a day and a half).  Whichever way you go,

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Slut wars and more

What if the producers of the current television series “Lost” had said during pilot season, “We love the story, but can we do it without the plane crash?”  Crazy, right?  Because the plane crash is what sets the whole show in motion.  This is essentially what happens to writer Mike Klein,

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Slut wars and more

What if the producers of the current television series “Lost” had said during pilot season, “We love the story, but can we do it without the plane crash?”  Crazy, right?  Because the plane crash is what sets the whole show in motion.  This is essentially what happens to writer Mike Klein,

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A lost opportunity

How much would you pay to see 10 badass, condemned-to-death criminals fight to the death for their freedom on a deserted island?  What does the average pay-per-view boxing match cost?  Would you pay that much — or more?  Those types of questions will likely cross your mind if you fork over

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A lost opportunity

How much would you pay to see 10 badass, condemned-to-death criminals fight to the death for their freedom on a deserted island?  What does the average pay-per-view boxing match cost?  Would you pay that much — or more?  Those types of questions will likely cross your mind if you fork over

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