Articles tagged meryl streep

In ‘The Bridges of Madison County’, Meryl Streep Proves She Is the Author of Her Films

It takes a superior actress to convey a character’s entire history in one scene, and in this film, at least, Meryl Streep does it masterfully.

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Got a Bad Case of the Second Season Itch? The Cure: Kill All TV Shows Before they Make Season Three

TV is better than film. The best scripts, the best acting, and the best directing are deserting the multi-plexes for the freedom of the small screen. But all TV series should die by the end of their second season.

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21 Jan 2010 // 9:59 PM

Curse Ye, Orwell!

Orwell declared that there are “four great motives” for writing: sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. As for the rest of us...

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Everything in its Right Place: The Best Female Acting Performances of 2009

Mazur checks out the year's best female acting and offers up a mostly alternative opinion to the boring Oscar-begging consensus picks including some you might not have heard about, yet.

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NEW YORK — For “Julie & Julia,” Meryl Streep said, she based her portrayal of chef-de-TV Julia Child partly on her own mother, who had “an

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Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.

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6 Apr 2009 // 6:20 AM

Without a ‘Doubt,’ this is one fine movie

“Doubt,” the excellent movie John Patrick Shanley adapted and directed from his Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play, works on many levels. Like the play, the

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26 Mar 2009 // 9:59 PM

Ironweed

Besting Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Paul Newman, Jason Robards and Sam Shepard, Jack Nicholson gives one of his most complicated, consuming performances.

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1 Mar 2009 // 8:59 PM

Woolf at the Door

Both Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham's The Hours offer an illuminating look at the choices we make, the roles we play, and the hours that hinge our lives together.

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Five questions with ... Oscar nominee Viola Davis of ‘Doubt’

Viola Davis seemingly has rocketed onto the scene with her strong performance as Mrs. Miller in “Doubt,” a role that earned her an Oscar nomination

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19 Feb 2009 // 4:31 AM

This year’s Supporting Actor?

When it comes to the best supporting actor Oscar, the winning hand could be held by The Joker. That, of course, is the late Heath

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OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!

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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.

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12 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

Mamma Mia!

The kind of movie whose campiness you just have to give into if you want to enjoy it -- and then you'll have a blast.

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8 Jan 2009 // 6:02 AM

In battle of stage vs. screen, the play wins

As movie adaptations of stage plays go, the recently released “Frost/Nixon” and “Doubt” are among the best of recent vintage, not least because the

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14 Dec 2008 // 8:00 AM

Mamma Mia!: 2-Disc Special Edition

Sometimes, the cinema can be a lot like oil and water. Certain facets of a film can struggle to stay together, eventually separating like the

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12 Dec 2008 // 4:51 AM

Doubt

Sister James (Amy Adams) embodies her historical moment, yearning to believe, adhering to tradition, and yet also inspired by a changing world.

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11 Dec 2008 // 8:59 PM

Shameful Exposure

A fiery Kate Winslet saves morality tale in 'The Reader' while a similarly powerful Meryl Streep can't do the same for the overly certain 'Doubt'.

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Film Raises ‘Doubt’ In Audiences As Well

Faith is a very tricky thing. Belief without a foundation in fact, or the possibility of proving either, gives religion its raison d’être, and

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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