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Stephen Spinella - The opening night party for ‘The Wayside Motor Inn’ at the Signature Theatre in New York City saw the cast photographed on arrival. - Friday 5th September, 2014

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Stephen Spinella - The HBO Films New York premiere of The Normal Heart at the Ziegfeld Theatre - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 13th May 2014

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Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons - Opening night of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill at the Circle in the Square Theatre - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 13th April 2014

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Stephen Spinella and Bill Irwin - Opening Night for the Broadway play "Mothers and Sons" at the Golden Theatre - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Monday 24th March 2014

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Stephen Spinella - Cristin Milioti, Steve Kazee, Stephen Spinella and Denis O'Hare Sunday 6th May 2012 The 2012

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Rubber Review


Excellent
This absurdist horror-comedy gleefully plays with how "all great films" contain an element that has no reason ("Why was E.T. brown?"). The joke is spread far too thinly, but the deadpan style and witty movie references are very funny.

on the rubbish-strewn California desert, a tyre wakes up and starts rolling, gradually finding its balance as well as psychokinetic powers of destruction.

He sleeps at night, drinks water, stalks a scorpion and then a rabbit. Giddy with success, he takes aim at human prey. And when he sees a young woman (Mesquida) showering in an isolated motel, he even falls in love. Eventually, a cop (Spinella) arrives to investigate the deaths. Over the next few days, as the murderous rampage escalates, he struggles to find inventive ways to stop this killer tyre.

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Love! Valour! Compassion! Review


Weak
Jason Alexander's acclaimed performance in this play adaptation is about the only thing going for it. The story of eight gay men (one of whom is dying with AIDS) adds little to the Big Chill genre of filmmaking, despite its all-male cast. The adaptation is droll -- pulling the three acts literally verbatim from the play itself -- and the story is essentially forgettable aside from a few memorable moments. Very few.

Tarantella Review


OK
Mira Sorvino and Matthew Lillard made this little independent for first (and only) time director Helen De Michiel, which feels pretty obviously torn from her roots. The story follows Sorvino's Diana, who returns home when her mother dies and rediscovers her Italian heritage through a kindly neighbor (Rose Gregorio), who is also dying. Lillard is on hand to eat cannolis. It's a bit saccharine, and Sorvino does not make for a sympathetic heroine at all. Nor does she really strike you as very Italian (though yes, I know, she is).

Connie And Carla Review


Weak
In Connie and Carla, two women find that disguising themselves as male cross-dressers is the only way their show can draw an audience. The premise is strikingly similar to Victor/Victoria, with My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos as the singing and dancing lead character. Unlike its much better predecessor, C and C is a sluggish and unfunny mess where its gaiety gets lost in an unneeded, heavy-handed melodrama.

Ever since they were kids, best friends Connie (Vardalos) and Carla (Toni Collette) dreamed their two-woman show would take them places. When we first meet the duo, they're not performing in Chicago's dinner theaters; instead their venue is the dismal O'Hare Airport lounge, where they perform for sleeping travelers. After they witness the murder of their boss, by small time gangster Mr. Rudy (Robert John Burke), Connie and Carla pack their bags and escape to a "cultureless" place where Rudy can never find them: Los Angeles.

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Ravenous Review


Good

"Ravenous" is a dark comedy thriller about cannibalismat an army post in the pre-Gold Rush Sierra Nevada. It's one of those high-conceptmovies that is easy to pitch to a studio head in 25 words or less by combiningtwo ideas into a sentence, in this case, "'Dances With Wolves' meetsthe Donner party."

Originally envisioned as more horror than parody, 20thCentury Fox changed directors early on because they wanted to emphasizethe humor angle, as the script was already rich with subtle irony -- ituses cannibalism as a metaphor for Manifest Destiny and drug addiction.

As a result of the change, the movie is often uncertainwhich way it wants to go, but once it finds its footing, the comedy elementsmix successfully into what is essentially a abstruse thriller.

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Connie & Carla Review


OK

Its plot is "Some Like It Hot" meets "Victor/Victoria" and it's not half as clever as either, but "Connie and Carla" -- Nia Vardalos' writing-starring follow-up to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" -- earns its share of amused grins for campy show tunes and cross-dressing gags.

Vardalos and Toni Collette ("The Sixth Sense," "About a Boy") play corny showgirl wannabes from the Midwest who equate doing dinner theater with hitting the big time. But while enthusiastically belting out over-costumed clinkers at a half-empty airport lounge, they inadvertently witness a murder and are forced to run for their lives from a vicious drug dealer (Robert John Burke).

Panicking about where to hide, they decide to find "someplace where there's no theater, no musical theater, no dinner theater. No culture at all!"

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