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The joy of guilt: writer-director Nicole Holofcener; Credit: PHOTO BY KEVIN SCANLON

Please Give: It's Complicated

"I'm a girl who likes nice stuff," says Nicole Holofcener, looking around the spacious but unpretentious home she recently bought in a celebrity-free neighborhood of Venice, California. "But right where I live, there's a three-block area that's all homeless, all the time, and my heart breaks when I drive down......
The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells: Irish Cartoon Bomb

The Oscar race most worth following this year was the one for Best Animated Feature. Out of nowhere, The Secret of Kells, an enchantingly old-fashioned Irish upstart about a medieval boy monk who dreams of illuminating sacred books, tucked itself into an already juicy lineup that featured Coraline, Fantastic Mr......
Wild child: Jarvis as Mia

FISH TANK: FIFTEEN AND PISSED

Katie Jarvis, who makes her acting debut as a rabid teenager in writer-director Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, was discovered on an English railway-station platform, yelling at her boyfriend. Whether Jarvis is a natural-born actress or is simply playing herself as Mia, a foulmouthed 15-year-old child of the Essex projects with......
Jeff Bridges is picking up chatter about the Best Actor award for Crazy Heart.; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

Jeff Bridges: One From the Heart

Enticing Jeff Bridges to voice a washed-up surfer dude in the 2007 children’s movie Surf’s Up, the filmmakers sent the actor a video of an animated penguin declaiming a few of his lines from The Big Lebowski. They probably didn’t need to work that hard: An avid surfer, Bridges has......
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Invictus: All's Well That Ends Well

Aside from Morgan Freeman, who makes a fabulous Nelson Mandela, there’s this to savor about Invictus, a rosy tale of racial reconciliation neatly wrapped in a triumphalist sports movie: The film is blessedly free of Obama parallels. Also, we could use a happy global moment, and Eastwood picks one out......
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UP IN THE AIR WITH VERA FARMIGA

Vera Farmiga isn’t the only one who’s been up in the air lately. Her 10-month-old son, Finn, just clocked his 21st flight. He was just 10 days old when the actress flew out to Los Angeles for her first costume fitting for Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, in which......

Twilight: Moping at the New Moon

Bella: I’m coming.Edward: I don’t want you to.—The Twilight Saga: New Moon Worry not for the purity of your tween girls, global mothers. Where Catherine Hardwicke’s lively, irreverent take on the first book in the Twilight series at least made room for a few suggestive winks, the sequel is stuck......
Smoking ace; Credit: Courtesy Penguin Books

Lynn Barber: Don't Ask, Do Tell

I was expecting a dark-brown telephone voice, perhaps an impatient bark from Lynn Barber, the English journalist whose memoir of a formative seduction by an older man as a schoolgirl in early-1960s London inspired the buzzed-about new film An Education. At 65, Barber’s a widow and a grandmother, but age......
Serious man Stuhlbarg; Credit: Wilson Webb

A Serious Man: Seriously Bad for the Jews

The Yiddish shtetl shtick that opens Joel and Ethan Coen’s new movie — a Jewish peasant stumbles on an old Hasid who may or may not be a Dybbuk — is pretty clumsy, but at least it tips its hat to the great existential comedy that A Serious Man might......
Bullhorn pulpit

Capitalism: A Love Story's Awful Truth

The ushers at a packed screening of Michael Moore’s latest movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, came proudly decked out in T-shirts bearing slogans like “Make Love, Not Capitalism” and “Capitalism, We Have a Problem.” The shirts and the movie are brought to you by those filthy Reds: Overture Films —......
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