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Stephen Belber - Stars were photographed as they arrived at the Opening night of new play 'The Money Shot' at Lortel Theatre, New York City, New York, United States - Monday 22nd September 2014

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Stephen Belber - 'Match' premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 18th April 2014

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Stephen Belber

Stephen Belber and David Wilson Barnes - Opening night of 'Reasons To Be Happy' at the Lucille Lortel Theatre - Arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Tuesday 11th June 2013

Stephen Belber and David Wilson Barnes
Stephen Belber and Dominic Fumusa

Stephen Belber, Michael Cristofer, David Wilson Barnes, Jennifer Mudge, Maxx Brewer, Angela Lewis and Lucie Tiberghien - Stephen Belber, Michael Cristofer, David Wilson Barnes, Jennifer Mudge, Maxx Brewer, Angela Lewis and Lucie Tiberghien Sunday 14th October 2012 Opening night after party for the MCC production of ‘Don’t Go Gentle’ at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Stephen Belber, Michael Cristofer, David Wilson Barnes, Jennifer Mudge, Maxx Brewer, Angela Lewis and Lucie Tiberghien
Michael Chernus, Stephen Belber and Dominic Fumusa

Stephen Belber and Jennifer Westfeldt - Stephen Belber, Jennifer Westfeldt and Dominic Fumusa Tuesday 12th June 2012 New York Stage and Film 2012 season launch at Joe Allen restaurant

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Management Review


Very Good
Gentle and very sweet, this low-key romance takes some rather random turns as it drifts toward the obvious conclusion. But it's very nicely played, and it still manages to catch us emotionally.

Mike (Zahn) is a lonely man-child, living in the Arizona hotel owned by his parents (Ward and Martindale). When he spots travelling businesswoman Sue (Aniston) checking in, he invents a reason to talk to her. And even she is surprised by her response to his clumsy advances. But it turns out that she's also lonely, trying to sort out her place in the world and looking for security Mike probably can't offer. On the other hand, is her high-achieving boyfriend (Harrelson) the right choice?

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Management Review


OK
How can you not like a film that has lines like "You can touch my butt but then you gotta go"? And screenwriter Stephen Belber's first film as director, Management, is a very likable film in its own modest way. But modesty and low expectations are hard notes to sustain for feature length without giving in to quirkier impulses, and Management quickly abandons its singular unpretentiousness for three-ring goofiness. But with two charming performances by Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn to buoy the modulations, Management extends beyond the pale, like the good ol' hat trick, taking an illogical premise to its logical extreme.

Zahn is lonely guy named Mike, pushing middle age in a dead-end job working for his parents at a roadside motel in the Arizona dessert. Zahn's puppy dog eyes are reminiscent of Robert Morse -- he is cute and cuddly but he could also be a pervert or a serial killer. His Norman Bates pedigree is certainly on display when he sets his sights on uptight sales representative Sue (Aniston), staying the night at the motel for her business, a company specializing in corporate art called Corporate Bliss. When Sue gazes at Mike and Mike gazes at Sue, you know it is a match made in heaven, although Mike still could be Ted Bundy.

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Tape Review


Bad
While the film world awaits what sounds like a daring experiment from director Richard Linklater -- the animated Waking Life, coming in October -- the filmmaker attempts to hold us over with Tape, a failure of a low-budget project if ever there was one. The movie is shot on video and confined to a single motel room, for the entirety of its real-time, 84-minute length. With such restrictive parameters self-imposed on a feature, success really must lie in creative direction, acting power, and a solid screenplay. All three are non-existent here.

Tape is based on a play by Stephen Belber, and the playwright contributes the clunky script, full of obvious dialogue and silly posturing. With one strike already against them, the experienced, name cast (Hawke, Leonard, and Thurman) then take the problem a step further, apparently not realizing that performances need to be taken down a notch on video, as the medium tends to overexpose every movement and moment. (While Thurman's performance is good, the trio need to watch Brad Anderson's Session 9 for a good example of subtle acting on video.)

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The Laramie Project Review


Bad
Hey, look at me! I'm a B-list Hollywood actor with an inflated sense of self-worth that thinks he can "do something" for the world by making a socially responsible film.

Hey, look at me! A gay kid got beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming, so let's go there and interview people... and write a play using their words.

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Management Movie Review

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