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Columns

Thursday, March 21 2013

Meryl Streep, Sex Goddess

Meryl Streep is portraying a string of desirous mammas, these days. In Mamma Mia, It's Complicated and Hope Springs, each of the leading ladies are mothers with grown children and a sexual appetite. A healthy one.


Reviews

Tuesday, August 7 2012

'Hope Springs' Eternal, and So Does Formula

While you can appreciate that Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are the focus here, as opposed to playing the parents or employers of younger, superficial types, they end up in the same place as those younger types.


Sunday, October 16 2011

Born to Birding: 'The Big Year'

As Edith (JoBeth Williams) watches her birder husband head off on yet another adventure in search of a fabulous and strange species, she's not imagining that he's going to come back enlightened, more passionate, or even richer.


Tuesday, December 23 2008

Marley & Me

Granting Marley & Me's source in John Grogan's columns, the dog's service as metaphor in the movie is both obvious and uninspired.


Monday, February 5 2007

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

According to this film women in power are cruel, lonely, and constantly paranoid; not to mention supremely non-sexual.


Thursday, June 29 2006

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

'You sold your soul the first time you put on that pair of Jimmy Choos.' So ascertains Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editor-in-chief at Runway magazine, disdainful of her self-doubting assistant. And so she summarizes yet another tale of a little girl who finds corruption in the big city.


News

Tuesday, January 13 2009

Our sob stories: Beyond ‘Marley' — tear-jerking music, art, TV, plays and books

Sad sells. Let's put it another way: Somewhere, Aristotle is chortling into the sleeve of his tunic. It was the Greek philosopher and literary critic,


Thursday, December 4 2008

Making 'Marley & Me' with director David Frankel

MIAMI - When filmmaker David Frankel showed a rough cut of his film "The Devil Wears Prada" to his boss, Fox 2000 Pictures president Elizabeth Gabler,


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