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Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek appears in the following:

Cronenberg's 'Antiviral': Sick Style, Slack Story

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Have mercy on any famous filmmaker's son who hopes to follow in his father's footsteps. The comparisons will be inevitable.

How can fils possibly live up to pere? Maybe it's not such a problem if dad is, say, churn-'em-out schlockmeister Uwe Boll. But do you really want to smear the ...

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'Teapot' Jackpot? Newlyweds Feel Fiscal Hurt In Dark Comedy

Thursday, April 04, 2013

In theory, it's romantic to watch young couples struggling. We're used to seeing 'em in movies from the '30s, '40s and onward: He makes only enough money to put beans, not steak, on the table. She stretches the meager dollars he brings home by whipping up cheerful curtains patched together ...

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'Trance': Crime Pays, If You Remember Where The Stash Is

Thursday, April 04, 2013

The rampant trippiness of Danny Boyle's movies is what makes them so enjoyable — and, sometimes, so annoying.

Trance, in which James McAvoy plays a stalwart London auction-house employee who helps sexy criminal Vincent Cassel steal an extremely valuable painting, is a little of both. The picture begins as a ...

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For 533 Kids, 'Starbuck' Is One Prolific Pere

Thursday, March 28, 2013

When it comes to fatherhood, how many kids are too many? Reasonable types might say you should draw the line at eight — maybe 10? Twelve?

How about 533?

In the French-Canadian comedy Starbuck, that's the number of kids sired by 42-year-old David Wozniak (Patrick Huard) who, in his youth, ...

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There's Madcap, And Then There's Plain 'Mental'

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Human beings are imperfect — which is one reason we have the movies.

The Australian comedy Mental, written and directed by P.J. Hogan — the man behind the 1994 hit Muriel's Wedding — is filled with troubled people who, like most of us, strive not for perfection but at least ...

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'Spring Breakers': A Square Trip To The Seamy Side

Thursday, March 21, 2013

In the '70s and even into the '80s, exploitation movies used to come to us naked and innocent, rarely pretending to be anything more than what they were. Now, pictures intent on delivering cheap thrills tend to arrive dressed in art-house costumes, much like the ones Harmony Korine's killer college ...

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In 'Philip Roth: Unmasked,' An Unadorned Portrait Of An Aging Master

Thursday, March 14, 2013

There's nothing particularly dynamic about Livia Manera and William Karel's documentary Philip Roth: Unmasked. For some 90 minutes, it's pretty much just one guy talking. But what a guy!

Roth is one of the greatest living novelists, possibly even the greatest. He can also be an inflammatory presence, eliciting outrage ...

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'Leviathan': Of Fish And Men, Without Chats

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Undersea things — iridescent creatures, mossy rocks, silky-slimy plants — are just weird. They're fascinating by their very nature, often barely resembling anything we have on land. Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel's half doc, half art project Leviathan capitalizes on that strangeness while linking it to the more prosaic world ...

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