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by Tony Medley
Every Little Step (10/10):
This story of the casting of a revival of “The Chorus Line” starts with
director Michael Bennett calling 18 “gypsies” together in 1974. For 12
hours they told their stories as the basis for what became “The Chorus
Line.” Quarter century later we see auditions for each of the major
roles, from the first cattle call. We get to know each of the
contestants through interviews which are frank, revealing, and often
emotional. What is remarkable and admirable is how these people put
everything they have into every audition. Dustin Hoffman, for one, has
called auditioning “the lowest depths of misery.” It’s awe-inspiring to
see them throw caution to the wind and let it all hang out. If you like
Broadway, this is a movie you cannot miss. (Opens April 17).
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
The story of this incredible 1968 game is told by showing game films
alternating with the players themselves describing the game, their
teams, coaches, teammates, and lifestyles. Many people we know today, like Tommy Lee Jones and
Meryl Streep, were involved in the game or the environment.
They tell it with such a lack of guile that it is often hilarious.
Just as one example, when Jones,
who was on the Harvard squad, tells how funny his roommate, Al Gore,
was, is asked for specifics, and gives them totally deadpan, I was
Shall We Kiss?
(Un Baiser S’il Vous Plait) (9/10): Writer-director-leading man
Emmanuel Mouret qualifies as a brilliant auteur with this charming
romantic comedy. Julie Gayet meets Michaël Cohen on a trip. They are
attracted to one another, although both committed to other people. He
wants to kiss her, and she him, but she is reluctant and explains why.
The explanation is told in a flashback in which we meet the main
protagonists, Viginie Ledoyen and Mouret. Their clumsy, reluctant
romance provides the kind of funny, touching movie at which the French
excel. (In French; opens April 10).
Duplicity (8/10): The
flashbacks are confusing enough to keep you in the dark until the end
when it all gets tied together, sort of. Clive Owen, paired with former
“Pretty Woman” Julia Roberts, gives another sparkling performance.
Cleaning (7/10): No comedy, this skimpy story provides a surprising
vehicle for sparkling tours de
force by three of this generation’s most accomplished actresses, Amy
Adams, Emily Blunt, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Just watching
Adams, whose facial expressions capture every emotion
without seeming effort, is worth the price of admission.
The Edge of
Love (7/10): Despite wonderful performances by all the actors,
especially Siena Miller (arguably the most beautiful woman in movies)
and Kiera Knightley, this emotional but historically misleading film
barely scratches the surface of what bohemian boors Dylan & Caitlin
I Love You, Man (2/10): This
is another Hollywood diatribe that stigmatizes
“real men” as boorish dolts, while extolling epicene misfits as the
desired objectification. The dialogue throughout the film is ludicrous,
to give it the best of it, and often vulgar. I can’t remember squirming
more in a movie.
(0/10): Like this is such an awesome movie, Dude. Like all the
chicks are awesome. Like when they talk to us we are all like
tongue-tied and all. Dude, this just like captures the way all us high
school intellect dudes are. And there’s like a poop joke that runs
throughout that is gross and graphic; and Hugh Hefner giving moral
advice! That’s like awesome, Dude.