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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee dir. Rebecca Miller (trailer)

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Thursday, Jun 11, 2009

Arthur Miller’s granddaughter has written and directed some unique female-centered stories (Personal Velocity and the underrated The Ballad of Jack and Rose), so hopefully the excellent Robin Wright Penn, Julianne Moore and Winona Ryder can elevate her newest film to another level, because the lifeless trailer makes it look like Lifetime-bound snooze-fest.

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