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Stephen Frears


Monday, February 22 2010

Chéri: Out of the Boudoir

Frears and Hampton puts the viewer into Chéri in a very real and sensual manner, paying homage to Collette's luxuriant corporeal details.

Sunday, April 20 2008

Love in the Time of Record Shops

Technology may have changed the way we obtain music, but as Nick Hornby's High Fidelity reminds us, it can never alter our love affair with the medium.


Sunday, April 13 2014

A Hands-Off Approach Goes a Long Way in 'Philomena'

The direction is solid but not overbearing, the score subtle and light, the entire affair very nicely cushioned around Coogan and Dench's performances, and the film is all the more effective because of it.

Friday, November 22 2013

'Philomena' Struggles with the Decisions of the Irish Catholic Church

Judi Dench's character journeys to America, haunted by the loss of her baby son and traumas at the hands of nuns in the Magdalene Laundries.

Sunday, March 10 2013

Don't 'Lay the Favorite' if You Want Your Bet to Pay Out

There's a reason you haven't heard of Lay the Favorite, a film starring the likes of Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rebecca Hall.

Wednesday, March 30 2011

Stephen Frears Has a Bit of Fun with 'Tamara Drewe'

True to its origins, this film isn't a rom-com or a Britcom, but more of a comic soap.

Thursday, June 25 2009


Chéri's saga of bad parenting ostensibly has to do with designs and rituals of love.

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Tuesday, October 20 2009

Chéri (2009)

The tragedy of faded beauty has long been a source of literary melodramatics. While limiting in its assessment of female value, it does strike a

Sunday, July 27 2008

The Deal (2003)

While it's not novel to say so, politics remains a truly unique animal. While typically set up to give all sides a voice in how

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