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Amy Adams arrives at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) 2017 held at The Shrine Auditorium Media Complex - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 29th January 2017

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John Lithgow at the The Weinstein Company And Netflix Golden Globes After Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 8th January 2017

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The Accountant Trailer


Ben Affleck is cast as Christian Wolff in this new action thriller film The Accountant. An extraordinary man with highly advanced cognitive skills that allow him to think on a different level to that of a standard human, more in line with the likes of Picasso and Einstein. He works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organisations from the cover of a CPA office in a small town. He has two sides to his job one being an accountant and the other being a sleeping assassin, a job that when required to do so will see him perform extraordinary measures.

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Nicholas D'Agosto , John Lithgow - NBC Universal 2016 Upfront Presentation - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Monday 16th May 2016

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Vanessa Kirby , John Lithgow - Vanessa Kirby is spotted playing Princess Margaret and adjusting her Bridesmaid dress on the set of The Crown. - London, United Kingdom - Friday 2nd October 2015

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John Lithgow - John Lithgow out and about running errands in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 18th June 2015

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John Lithgow - John Lithgow goes to a doctors office in Beverly Hills - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 28th May 2015

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John Lithgow - John Lithgow leaves an office in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st May 2015

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John Lithgow - John Lithgow out and about running errands in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 18th May 2015

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John Lithgow - John Lithgow out and about running errands in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 21st April 2015

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Love Is Strange - Clip


After living together for 39 years, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are able to get married to one another. As George works as a music teacher for a Catholic school, the news of his same-sex marriage causes him to lose his job, and with Ben receiving a pension, the couple are forced to live off the small amount of money. When they are forced to seek a place to live with their friends and family, they are forced to live separately with different families. In their new life, they discover the true meaning of love and friendship, and teach a little to those around them in the process. 

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John Lithgow - A variety of stars were snapped as they arrived at the 2015 New York Film Critic Awards at which were held at the Tao Downtown restaurant in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 5th January 2015

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Glenn Close And John Lithgow Star In The Broadway Revival Of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance"


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Glenn Close and John Lithgow are getting near rave reviews for their work in A Delicate Balance. The Albert Albee play returned to Broadway this week and it was better than ever, if the critics are to be believed.

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Glenn Close delivers a hit and miss performance in the latest revival of Edward Albee's 1966 Pulitzer-winning classic.

 

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Video - Christopher Nolan Joins The Cast Of 'Interstellar' At The NY Premiere - Part 2


Director Christopher Nolan arrived at the New York premiere of his upcoming sci-fi movie 'Interstellar' held at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater, alongside his wife and collaborator Emma Thomas.

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John Lithgow - Photo's of the stars as they arrived at the New York premiere of Sci-Fi action movie 'Interstellar' held at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 3rd November 2014

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John Lithgow - Opening night of 'This Is Our Youth' at the Cort Theatre - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Friday 12th September 2014

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Ben And George Have To Find Somewhere To Stay In 'Love Is Strange' [Trailer]


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In ‘Love is Strange, Ben (John Lithgow) and George’s (Alfred Molina) marriage complicates their everyday lives as George is subsequently fired from his job as a teacher at the local catholic school.

Love is StrangeLove is Strange sees Ben and George stuck with nowhere to live

The result: Ben and George must find a new place to live, but the gentrification of New York has seen the housing market become tremendously difficult to navigate, meaning the newlyweds have to shack up with friends, surviving off George’s private piano lessons and Ben’s pension. 

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Alfred Molina and John Lithgow - 9th Annual Human Rights Campaign Gala at Wynn Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 18th May 2014

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Glenn Close To Show Her Class On Broadway In 'A Delicate Balance'


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Glenn Close is confirmed for the fall opening of the Rialto revival of 'A Delicate Balance' on Broadway, alongside John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan and Martha Plimpton. It marks Close's first appearance on Broadway in 20 years, following her 1994 turn in Sunset Boulevard. Pam MacKinnon - who picked up a Tony award last season for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - directs the new production,

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Delicate Balance will see six-time Oscar-nominee Close playing Agnes, a woman who tries to keep it together in the face of destabilizing houseguests, including her daughter (Plimpton), her alcoholic sister (Duncan) and two family friends played by Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins. She is supported by her husband, played by Lithgow. The play was last seen on Broadway in a 1996 Lincoln Center Theater rival, which won three Tonys.

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John Lithgow - 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - Love Is Strange - Photocall - Berlin, Berlin, Germany - Friday 7th February 2014

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John Lithgow - 64th Berlin International Film Festival - 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Premiere - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 6th February 2014

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'Once Upon A Time' To Mash Up 'Alice In Wonderland' And 'Aladdin' In New Series


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Once Upon a Time will take on Alice in Wonderland, producers announced yesterday (Sunday 4th August) at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

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Sophie Lowe at an event to celebrate the opening of Louis Vuitton's flagship Australian store, the Sydney 'Maison'.

The show will follow Alice (Sophie Lowe) on a familiar journey which includes the Cheshire cat, a caterpillar (Roger Daltrey) and The White Rabbit (John Lithgow). The twist to the classic tale is that Alice will have a love interest in the guise of Cyrus (Peter Gadiot), a genie.

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Stars And Fans Of 'Dexter' Say Their Emotional Goodbyes At Comic-Con


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Dexter has always had some of the most attached fans of any television series, but the love was even more apparent during the cast’s emotional goodbyes at the show’s Comic-Con panel this year. "Everything is a series of lasts." "We're going out the way we want to go out." Those are the words of stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter in the farewell video that opened Dexter's final session at the massive entertainment convention. Not only did the show’s current stars say their goodbyes and thank-yous to the roaring crowd, but the panel even featured some favorite Dexter characters, left behind over the years. Hall H played host to an emotional reunion, featuring showrunner Clyde Phillips, Lauren Velez (LaGuerta), Erik King (Doakes) and Julie Benz (Rita), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The cast of Dexter celebrated wrapping the final season.

During the talk, John Lithgow, who played one of Dexter’s most chilling antagonists – the Trinity killer – also made an appearance, bringing quite a lighthearted note to the talk – especially for a famed serial killer.

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This Is 40 Review


Very Good

This overlong comedy is so episodic that watching it is exactly like sitting through five episodes of a sitcom back-to-back. It's funny and enjoyable, with characters we enjoy watching, but they continually spiral back to where they started, and in the end we feel like there's been a lot of fuss about nothing. Even so, the script offers plenty of hilarious observational humour, and the cast is thoroughly entertaining.

Reprising their roles from Knocked Up, Rudd and Mann play Debbie and Pete, who turn 40 within a week of each other. But Debbie isn't coping very well with it, and her emotions swing wildly from steamy lust to fiery rage while Pete just tries to hang on. Their daughters (played by Apatow and Mann's real daughters Maude and Iris) each have their own issues to stir into the mix. And then Pete's needy father (Brooks) turns up with problems of his own, forcing Debbie to think about her own distant father (Lithgow). Meanwhile, the economic crunch is causing problems for both of their businesses.

Yes, both of them own businesses. This is not the typical struggling 40-something couple, so it's not easy to sympathise with many of their issues. Fortunately, Apatow's dialog is packed with brazen honesty and an appreciation for rude gags that keep us laughing even in the absence of an actual storyline we can get involved in (although there's one major plot point along the way). Rudd and Mann were arguably the best thing in Knocked Up, so it's great to let them take the spotlight here, making the most of their sparky interaction. And aside from experts like Brooks and Lithgow, there is a continual stream of superb side roles, including Fox as Debbie's oversexed and possibly embezzling employee and McCarthy as a furious school parent (her big scene is expanded into a brilliantly improvised outtake riff in the closing credits).

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John Lithgow In 'The Magistrate' Leaves A Hung Jury Among Critics


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You’d think with renowned thespian John Lithgow in the line-up, The National Theater’s Christmas production The Magistrate would be a shoo-in for a glut of storming reviews, the actor after all does tend to light up whatever it is that he appears in.

Yet, surprisingly, critics aren’t quite so sure over this latest festive offering, an update on a play that first opened at the Court Theater in London way back in 1885 (we don’t believe Lithgow was starring in it at that point). The Daily Telegraph admitted that they struggled for laughs at the comedy, though they did praise Lithgow’s co-stars, writing “Nancy Carroll … proves genuinely touching as his wife whose innocent lie leads to a spiral of chaos, while the diminutive Joshua McGuire is both funny and more than a touch creepy as the boy who doesn't realize he's a man.”

The Guardian meanwhile picks holes in the music, reckoning “it's the persistent musical interludes, performed by joke-Victorians in curly wigs and striped trousers, that irritate. Farce, they say, is sped-up tragedy; but here the songs both slow the action down and pointlessly adorn Pinero's still-viable, time-proof play.” The Evening Standard is a little more generous though, proffering “There's a certain clunkiness, and a few of the jokes are inane. But the more Wildean lines and jolts of wit mean The Magistrate remains likable seasonal fare.” A hung jury, then, for The Magistrate.

The Campaign Review


Very Good

Will Ferrell's funniest movie in years, this is a silly comedy with a terrible sentimental streak, but the political satire running through it is dead on. In fact, the film's opening act is razor-sharp as it lampoons election campaigning with knowing jabs at corporate sponsorship, incumbent laziness and the difficulty of being an honest candidate. So it's disappointing when the film becomes soppy and stupid.

Ferrell creates a memorable comical character in Cam Brady, a five-term North Carolina congressman up for re-election. He's sure he will coast his way back into office, and is only mildly worried when naive local goofball Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) runs against him. Marty certainly isn't ready for the slick attacks orchestrated by Cam's campaign manager (Sudeikis). But two wealthy brothers (the underused Lithgow and Aykroyd) are bankrolling Marty's campaign in the hopes of turning the district into a Chinese sweatshop, so they hire a ruthless press officer (McDermott) to whip Marty into shape. And the game is on.

Even though the characters are cartoonish, what they do is eerily authentic. Cam is a smooth operator with strong hair and a womanising streak. He also believes he can do whatever he wants as long as he mentions "America, Jesus and freedom" in every speech. By contrast, Marty is camp and silly, with a plump wife (Baker) and kids, plus a pair of pet pugs that Cam instantly labels as "Communist Chinese dogs!" Their clashes are a riot of parody and slapstick, some of which is sharply pointed (neither says anything substantial) and some is just ridiculous (including a hilarious cameo from Uggy, the dog from The Artist).

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This Is 40 Trailer


'This Is 40' is a spin-off of 2007 film 'Knocked Up' and surrounds the lives of husband and wife Pete and Debbie. Debbie is the sister of Alison, the woman who the 'Knocked Up' main protagonist Ben gets pregnant after a one night stand. Debbie's own tempestuous relationship with Pete is touched upon in this film when she and him separate briefly after she finds out he keeps disappearing at strange hours to play fantasy baseball thus finding an escape from married life. 'This Is 40' follows their marriage in more depth some years on. Debbie is turning forty and is generally depressed about life let alone her marriage, Pete is finding more ways to escape and their kids are going through difficult stages.

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The Campaign Trailer


Prior to the unopposed congressman Cam Brady's fifth term election, two affluent CEOs decide enough is enough after Brady commits a major public faux pas. They bring in a second candidate to rival Brady and allow them to gain control over North Carolina. Their candidate, Marty Huggins, though less charismatic than Brady but equally as much of an intellectual vacuum, is the na<ve local Tourism Center director who, with the help of his new supporters and a ruthless campaign manager, quickly becomes a genuine competitor incurring many more of Brady's public indiscretions.

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New Year's Eve Trailer


On New Year's Eve, there is no better place to be than New York. All over the city, thousands are preparing for the most magical night of the year.

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Review


Excellent
Rebooting this franchise seemed somewhat iffy until we heard it would involve Weta performance-capture technology (complete with Serkis). And indeed, it's an eye-popping, involving summer movie that manages to layer thoughtful substance with the lively action.

Will (Franco) is a San Francisco scientist experimenting with a new Alzheimer's medication he hopes will cure his father (Lithgow). But things take an unexpected turn when his greedy boss (Oyelowo) gets rid of his lab-test chimps, leaving Will to raise infant ape Caesar (Serkis) in secret. But Caesar's super-human intelligence can't keep him out of the clutches of the nasty father-son animal controllers (Cox and Felton), who badly underestimate him.

Can Will and his chimp-expert girlfriend (Pinto) sort out the mess before a furious Caesar takes matters into his own capable hands?

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer


Will Rodman, is a scientist who's hugely dedicated to his job in the hope that he'll find a cure for the degenerative illness Alzheimer's. Having developed a formula that looks to reverse some of the damage done to the brain, his lab begins to test the medication on apes.

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Leap Year Review


OK
Neither funny nor original enough to really register, this breezy little film will only really entertain those who haven't seen very many rom-coms, and therefore can't predict every single scene. Although the cast members just about emerge with their dignity intact.

Anna (Adams) is an energetic professional woman in Boston with the perfect heart-surgeon boyfriend in Jeremy (Scott). Except that he won't propose to her.

So when he heads for Dublin to attend a conference, she decides that, since it's a leap year, she'll surprise him there and ask him to marry her, a proposal that tradition says he can't refuse. But the journey goes all wrong, and she ends up on the road with scruffy, cantankerous, gorgeous Irishman Declan (Goode). Gosh, what could possibly happen?

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Confessions Of A Shopaholic Review


Good
Hollywood has found a new cash cow, though the use of the latter term might get more than a few supposedly chauvinistic critics in trouble. The modern woman, sick of the same old sloppy rom-com rationalizations, has decided to go gourmand. Like Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, she wants it all and she wants it now. Oh course, back in the '70s, said little girl was considered a brat. Today, she is the reigning glamour queen of conspicuous consumption.

A perfect example of this ideal is Rebecca Bloomwood. The heroine of P.J. Hogan's adaptation of Sophia Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic, this spunky career gal wants a cushy job, a suave boyfriend, an understanding best bud, and an unlimited credit line... and that's just for starters. Only problem is, Rebecca (played with real drive by Isla Fisher) is neck-deep in debt. She just can't stop spending. When her job as a writer for a gardening rag falls through, she applies at the nation's number one fashion magazine. Named after its editor, Alette Naylor (Kristin Scott Thomas), the job represents the completion of all our heroine's career goals. Sadly, she has to settle for a gig writing at Successful Saving, a financial magazine. Oh, irony! Luckily, it's managed by the humble British hunk Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy).

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Twilight Zone: The Movie Review


Very Good
I saw Twilight Zone: The Movie when it came out in 1983. My dad, brother and I wandered into the theatre late and assumed we missed the beginning of the film. Instead of the familiar Twilight Zone intro, here were two guys (Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks) yukking it up in a car. After a few minutes of on-screen banter, my dad leans over to me and says, "I think we're in the wrong movie."

We decide to stick it out and sure enough, Aykroyd turns to Brooks and says, "Do you want to see something really scary?" Brooks agrees and the rest is scary movie history. Cue audience screams. We were, indeed, in the right movie.

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Shrek Review


Very Good
Computer animation's "WOW" factor bar has just bumped up another notch. Shrek, a fairy tale of sorts, is the raiser of that bar, giving us a tale that revolves around an ogre who makes candles out of his earwax, a talking donkey who's afraid of the dark, a princess who likes "Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain," and a "vertically challenged" lord who looks a bit like Disney CEO Michael Eisner.

With WWF-style wrestling, vivid color schemes, a scary ogre who's not that scary, psychological evaluation by a talking donkey, loads of humor, and a simple and straightforward plot, Shrek zings along, providing fun and thrills at every turn. But the real treasure lies in Shrek's ability to subtlety poke fun at the mega-mouse corporation of Disney en route to providing a quick 85 minutes of pure entertainment. Torturing the Gingerbread Man? I'm sold.

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Love, Cheat & Steal Review


Terrible
Vintage Eric Roberts, as he turns in yet another run-of-the-mill psycho hell-bent on revenge when his old girlfriend sets him up and lands him in jail. His ex (Mädchen Amick) has since put on a sweet face and married a rich guy (John Lithgow, for Pete's sake!)... but when Roberts is finally freed, he pays her a visit to settle the score. Predominantly crap.

The Manhattan Project Review


Excellent
What kid doesn't want to build a nuclear bomb? This fantastic journey follows a teen (Christopher Collet, long since retired from acting) as he discovers a plutonium skunkworks in his suburban backyard, proceeds to steal some of it, and build his own nuclear weapon to enter into the science fair. It's a wild ride and tons of fun, with comedy, genuine tension, and lots of geeky science fun. Highly underrated... watch especially for Cynthia Nixon as Collet's love interest -- about 15 years before she'd hit it big on Sex and the City, with a far, far worse haircut.

A Civil Action Review


Very Good
The best actor nominees for the 1998 Academy Awards will probably be Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, Ian McKellan, Nick Nolte and a wild card. Edward Norton or Jeff Bridges should fill this wild card (for American History X and The Big Lebowski) but that won't happen. Instead, take a look at John Travolta in A Civil Action.

Travolta plays personal injury lawyer Jan Schlichtmann, a greedy bloodsucker of a lawyer (not a new concept but still a fun one) who in his first scene is heard talking about which is better, a dead black or a dead white. A dead cripple or a dead child? He gives that voice over with such a subtle coldness that you know you're in for a good story.

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The World According To Garp Review


OK
This film, the second in Williams' career, has an interesting start, tracing the life of a young bastard with a stern nurse for a mother. But when mother becomes a feminist icon and people start getting shot, Garp gets a little preachy -- okay, a lot preachy -- and ultimately loses its charm.

Rugrats In Paris: The Movie Review


Very Good
Well, the Rugrats are back, and, as usual, they're way too sophisticated for their audience. The Simpsons of the Nickelodeon Network has meandered its way back onto the big screen, and this time they are hitting the streets of Paris with more Freudian slips than a sexually-charged first date.

To start with, Grandpa Lou has gotten remarried (leading into, by the way, an excellent parody of The Godfather in the first scene) and all Chuckie wants is a mommy. Meanwhile, Stu Pickles gets a call from Paris demanding that he come to fix a giant mechanical Reptar (a wonderful running Godzilla/Pokemon spoof gag from the series) which he designed.

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Homegrown Review


OK
Movies about marijuana are historically slapsticky, funny romps (see the Cheech and Chong oeuvre). Homegrown probably started out that way, then turned into a typical drug thriller, only set in the northern California hippie community. Message to producers: Hank Azaria is a comedian, not a gun-toting action hero.

Kinsey Review


Good

Writer-director Bill Condon has a talent for hitting just the right tone in his work. Whether he's paying stylistic homage to "Bride of Frankenstein" creator James Whale in "Gods and Monsters" or writing a screenplay for "Chicago" that re-envisioned the Broadway musical as a wannabe showgirl's uniquely cinematic daydream, Condon always finds a way to seamlessly marry the crux of his story to the strengths of his medium.

In "Kinsey," he legitimizes and revitalizes a rather tiresome narrative gimmick -- on-camera interviews with the characters. For a biopic about legendary sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, there could be no more apropos structure for the story. Kinsey himself interviewed thousands of Americans about their bedroom predilections in the 1940s and '50s to compile his groundbreaking, rather comprehensive and certainly controversial studies on the subject. So Condon opens the film in kind -- with a simple, head-on, black-and-white image of the bluntly matter-of-fact and obliviously awkward Professor Kinsey (Liam Neeson) being quizzed about his own background and sexual experience.

Composing the film around Kinsey's answers, Condon cues flashbacks of an upbringing under the fire-and-brimstone hand of a preacher father (John Lithgow), introduces the equally clinical-yet-passionate student who becomes his wife (Laura Linney), touches on the man's own pseudo-scientific dalliances and their promiscuous effect on his marriage, and sets the stage for the studies that helped launch the sexual revolution.

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Rugrats In Paris Review


Terrible

Maybe it's just me, but doesn't it seem flagrantly irresponsible to market a cartoon to kids in which a diaper brigade of babies have wonderful adventures when they wander away from their parents and get lost?

I've never seen the "Rugrats" TV show, but the plots of both nerve-grinding movies that the Nickelodeon series has spawned have involved children disappearing, and treated such events as a cornucopia of light-hearted entertainment.

I might be a little sensitive to the subject, but in a cultural climate in which kids seem to get kidnapped (and often murdered) more and more frequently, do we really want G-rated movies giving our little ones the impression that going missing is great fun?

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Orange County Review


Good

Somewhere inside the surprisingly fresh, sharply jocular, angst-of-youth comedy "Orange County" there's a trite, typical teen movie struggling to get out. But director Jake Kasden just keeps out-witting the monster, pulling the carpet out from under its inherent clichés and giving his characters the chance to breathe and break free of their stock moldings.

A screwball affair about a bookwormy high school beach bum from the SoCal 'burbs who thinks his life is over when he doesn't get into Stanford, this flick rises above the spiritless, increasingly insipid, cookie-cutter teen genre simply because Kasden ("Zero Effect") and screenwriter Mike White ("Chuck and Buck") cared enough to try a little harder.

Played with pitch-perfect Everykid exasperation by sublimely expressive string bean Colin Hanks (son of Tom), Shaun Brumder had his heart set on pursuing his literary aspirations under the tutelage of his favorite writer, a professor at the venerated campus. So when he finds out his rejection was the fault of an inept guidance counselor (Lily Tomlin -- in the first of several inspired cameo performances) who sent the wrong transcript, Shaun goes on a dogged mission to get the decision reconsidered.

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John Lithgow

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19th October, 1945

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John Lithgow Movies

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

Pitch Perfect 3 Trailer

Pitch Perfect 3 Trailer

It has been a few years since the Barden Bellas graduated from college, and while...

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Daddy's Home 2 Trailer

Daddy's Home 2 Trailer

It’s part of modern life that divorce and separation is part of many families and...

Beatriz At Dinner Trailer

Beatriz At Dinner Trailer

Beatriz is a holistic healer trained in massage, reiki and other therapies who is invited...

The Accountant Movie Review

The Accountant Movie Review

While this slick dramatic thriller plays with some intriguing ideas and themes, it never actually...

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Miss Sloane Trailer

Miss Sloane Trailer

Elizabeth Sloane is a lobbyist and often finds herself facing off against some of the...

The Accountant Trailer

The Accountant Trailer

Ben Affleck is cast as Christian Wolff in this new action thriller film The Accountant....

Best of Enemies Trailer

Best of Enemies Trailer

When an influential and forward-thinking writer locks horns with a conservative author, things get a...

The Good Dinosaur - Teaser Trailer

The Good Dinosaur - Teaser Trailer

Luckily for the human race, dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the Earth millions...

Love Is Strange Movie Review

Love Is Strange Movie Review

In this pointed and involving New York drama, the snap of realistic dialogue more than...

Love Is Strange - Clip Trailer

Love Is Strange - Clip Trailer

After living together for 39 years, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are able...

The Homesman Movie Review

The Homesman Movie Review

Strong characters and a vivid sense of life in frontier America give this film a...

Interstellar Movie Review

Interstellar Movie Review

Brainy blockbuster maestro Christopher Nolan heads into deep space with this epic adventure, which is...

Interstellar Trailer

Interstellar Trailer

Mankind is doomed. Following generations of neglect and a lack of care, the planet Earth...

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