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Tuesday, 18 January 2005 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Carrie function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Paramount Home Video MPAA rating: Unrated starring: Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Miriam Hopkins, Eddie Albert, Basil Ruysdael, Ray Teal, Barry Kelley, Sara Berner, William Regnolds (Reynolds) director: William Wyler film release year: 1952 DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Theodore Dreiser’s first novel, Sister Carrie (1900), was based on the experiences of his sister when she ran off with a married man. The novel was a scandal: Dreiser didn’t “punish” his leading character for her transgressions—she lives with men without marrying them—but instead leaves her on the brink of a stardom she does not really want. Other authors admired Dreiser’s realism and honesty, and he became one of the central figures in the “American Realist” movement.
Tuesday, 03 February 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Under The Tuscan Sun function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan, Raoul Bova release year: 2003 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “Under the Tuscan Sun” is a perfectly nice movie that could probably have been made at any time after it became acceptable for female leads to have affairs in movies. For those who don’t especially like “perfectly nice,” the movie – per the title – has gorgeous Italian scenery and the not-too-shabby-looking Diane Lane to recommend it. Those who still don’t see the allure are out of luck.
Tuesday, 24 June 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Punch Drunk Love (2-Disc Special Edition) function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman release year: 2002 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “Punch-Drunk Love” is a film of such conscientious intensity and oddness that it develops a weird, unbreakable grip. Somehow, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson – who usually works on much broader canvases, as with the vast casts and interwoven themes of “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia” – manages to take the “small film” love story and turn it into something that feels inventive and essential. He also brings out the very best in star Adam Sandler, who gets to display unexpected dramatic chops here simply by putting his outwardly diffident, inwardly seething screen persona in the service of non-farcical material.
Tuesday, 18 February 2003 |  Written by Tara O'Shea  | 
title: The Sleeping Dictionary function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: New Line Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Hugh Dancy, Jessica Alba, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer, Michael Jessing Langgi release year: 2003 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Tara O'Shea You know, having suffered through only one episode of "Dark Angel," had I been told that series star Jessica Alba's big-screen debut was in a period drama set in Malysia involving no kicking or guns at all, I would have laughed and laughed. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much "The Sleeping Dictionary" did not suck.
Tuesday, 04 February 2003 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: An Affair To Remember function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: 20th Century Fox Studio Classics MPAA rating: Unrated starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning, Neva Patterson, Cathleen Nesbitt, Robert Q. Lewis, Charles Watts release year: 1957 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren This was director Leo McCarey's first film in five years. He'd been a Hollywood mainstay in the 30s and 40s, with titles like the Marx Bros.' "Duck Soup" and "Going My Way" to his credit. But he came back in a big way from wherever he had been with "An Affair to Remember," a popular film in its day. It was a remake of McCarey's own "Love Affair"(1939), which starred Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne in the roles played here by Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. (And in the third version in 1994 by Warren Beatty and Annette Bening under the "Love Story" title.) "An Affair to Remember" had gracefully slipped into near-obscurity until it became a plot ...
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