January 9, 2016 |
NOTE: A version of this review appeared in the Oct. 22, 2015, issue of The Inquirer, when "Anomalisa" premiered as the opening-night selection of the Philadelphia Film Festival. The singular and stunning Anomalisa - brainchild of Charlie Kaufman, in cahoots with animation director Duke Johnson - begins with a pitch-dark screen and a cacophony of voices: aural detritus, everyday yak. Then, a sun-burnished cloudscape appears, a jet slices through the cumulus, we're inside the plane, and the passengers are all . . . puppets.
November 8, 2014 |
THE CUSP-OF-THIRTY man holding on to his adolescence like Peter Pan is a staple of dude comedy-"Laggies" wonders if there's room for women in Neverland. The film stars Keira Knightley as Megan, a twentysomething working part-time for her dad (Jeff Garlin), going to bachelorette parties and watching her last single friend (Ellie Kemper) get married. Her girlfriends joke about being domesticated, and Megan is the odd woman out. When her longtime boyfriend (Mark Webber) gets ready to propose and her parents' own marriage is suddenly looking rocky, Megan goes out for the proverbial pack of smokes and doesn't come back - at a convenience store she buys wine coolers for some local teens, skateboards with them, and ends up bunking with high school sophomore Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz)
July 10, 2012 |
Bonnie Offit's medical schooling didn't deal much with the condition known as midlife crisis. After all, she was studying to be a pediatrician; her patients would be a long way from tiring of life's routine. But Offit knows it when she's experiencing it. "This is my midlife crisis, for sure," the 50-year-old Bala Cynwyd mother of two said, laughing, one recent morning as she sat in the frozen-yogurt shop she opened just before Memorial Day weekend in Stone Harbor. It's one of three Bonnie's Toppings stores she has opened in the last year at the Jersey Shore.
June 27, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: My husband, who is 53, talks often about his college days when he smoked marijuana. I tried it once and didn't like it. Over the past several years he has started smoking it again. I have told him I don't approve, but he says he does it only occasionally "to take the edge off. " Many times he has smoked when we're out on bike rides, on road trips or a Sunday drive. It makes me feel like he needs to be high in order to have a good time with me. I tried compromising by asking him not to do it when we are together.
July 2, 2010
DEAR ABBY: I am 18 and sad all the time. I have never had a boyfriend and have struggled in the past with anxiety and loneliness. It has been a roller-coaster year for me - a tough first year of college, watching all of my friends enter meaningful relationships. All I can do is be ashamed of the fact that I'm struggling while others are thriving. I need help but don't know where to turn. - A Complete Mess in Ohio DEAR COMPLETE MESS: Before I start offering you advice, please let me point out that the first year of college is a huge adjustment for everyone.
May 13, 2010 |
NEW YORK - Damon Wayans now has the unique distinction of having both Homey D. Clown and a novel to his credits. The comedian who long ago emerged on the sketch comedy show "In Living Color" and who is perhaps the most recognized face of the Wayans clan, has penned "Red Hats" (Simon & Schuster). The novel's main character is Alma, a bitter widow who finds new life after being taken in by a Red Hat Society group. Wayans dedicated his book to his mother, Elvira, who took up with the Red Hats, a worldwide social organization for women.
May 13, 2010
CHARACTER ACTOR extraordinaire Oliver Platt is a dad in real life, plays a dad in "Please Give," which opens tomorrow, and is a dad in his next movie. Does Platt, father of three, mind being cast in this way? "Not when the roles are as well written as these are!" said Platt, who's gotten some of the best reviews of his estimable career for "Please Give," from writer-director Nicole Holofcener. It's an ensemble story about several New Yorkers, but Platt, playing opposite Catherine Keener as half of a cozy, complacent married couple, has one of the plum roles.
September 16, 2009 |
Camden County judge Lee Solomon was recovering yesterday from a fractured skull and other injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident Sunday morning. The 55-year-old Superior Court judge is "progressing nicely, and he's going to need a lot of rest and rehab," said his wife, Dianne Solomon. "He's not going to be back in the courthouse any time soon. " Solomon, of Haddonfield, could be out of Cooper University Hospital's Intensive Care Unit as early as today, she said. Solomon has been a state judge for more than three years, after stints as a Camden County freeholder and prosecutor, a Republican assemblyman, and an assistant U.S. attorney.
April 25, 2008 |
Dear Amy: My husband of 20 years is in the middle of a major midlife crisis. He is unsatisfied with his job, our home and his life in general. Things he used to enjoy have been pushed aside. He complains about everything, and has decided that he has been unhappy being married to me for the last 15 years. He has a woman friend who suddenly has become his "right arm," and they have lunch together daily and spend hours on the phone. He claims they are just friends, but he also told me he has fallen in love with her. She is married and supposedly has no intention of leaving her husband, but she knows how my husband feels about her and encourages their relationship.
September 29, 2006 |
A whimsical tale of serial murder in the English countryside, Keeping Mum benefits immensely from the charm and pitch-perfect gravitas of Kristin Scott Thomas. As Gloria Goodfellow, a vicar's unhappy spouse, the actress brings emotional depth to a shallow pond of silliness - a pond, it should be noted, that is rapidly filling with corpses. The sinister agent in this tweedy, picture-postcard affair is one Grace Hawkins (Maggie Smith), a grandmotherly type with a warm smile and efficient manner who enters the Goodfellows' life as their new housekeeper.