Does ‘Rachel’ have Oscar legs?

Posted by · 9:00 am · November 1st, 2008

One advantage of the hectic festival environment is that, while seeing more movies in a month than is medically advisable, it offers a pretty ruthless method of separating the wheat from the chaff. If a film still sticks in your mind after seeing a million others in such a compressed timeframe, it clearly has something […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Rachel Getting Married” (***)

Posted by · 12:02 am · September 4th, 2008

Jonathan Demme and Jenny Lumet’s menagerie of characterization, “Rachel Getting Married,” will have a diversity of followers. Some will be drawn to the angst and closeted guilt of Anne Hathaway’s Kym, a portrayal with layers that announces new talent in the starlet.  Others will be delighted and taken by Bill Irwin’s equal doses of authenticity […]

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‘Rachel’ not just about the women?

Posted by · 6:47 am · August 27th, 2008

In his autumn preview, Noah Forrest at Movie City News briefly kinda-reviews Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married,” which will make its official bow at Venice next week. Having seen an unfinished cut, he gives it the thumbs-up, citing “beautiful music, excellent performances and a few surprises I didn’t see coming.” Most excitingly, he compares it […]

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REVIEW: “Lady in the Water” (**1/2)

Posted by · 8:49 am · July 19th, 2006

M. Night Shyamalan is an artist like any other.  There are a lot of potent ideas and whims of fancy bouncing around inside his inarguably creative mind.  He is, in all likelihood, just as his representation in the American Express commercial, discovering vibrant new details worthy of expansion at every step of the way. However, […]

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