Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Adultery reading

New literary anthology tackles tales of high infidelity

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 12:00 AM

I am a faithful man. I have never committed an act of adultery. I’ve been with the same woman, my wife, for 21 years. So I might not be the best man to write about Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader. But then again, that’s exactly what drives me to read and...

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The killer & the salesman

Odd couple buddy-flick makes for fair black comedy

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Writer-director Richard Shepard’s buddy film-black comedy offers a sharp mix of irreverent humor and surprisingly engaging character drama. Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) is a burned-out, globe-trotting assassin-for-hire. Orphaned, friendless and fond of pricey alcohol and cheap sex, he stumbles into Mexico City on his birthday to eliminate a target. Drunk at the hotel bar, he strikes up a conversation with down-on-his-luck businessman Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear). An unlikely friendship develops.

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Breakfast on Pluto

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Kitten, or Saint Kitten as he sometimes asks to be called, is the son of a parish priest (Liam Neeson) and his cleaning woman. His parents abandoned him as an infant, leaving him in the care of a harsh foster mother and sister. His preference for women’s attire, his smart mouth and his mischievous nature get him into trouble at home and at his parochial school. Plus, the violence and political turmoil percolating in his hometown near the Ireland-Northern Ireland border proves too "serious" for Kitten to handle. So, he says goodbye to his faithful group of childhood buddies and heads off to 1970s London to seek out his mother.

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Casanova

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Thank God for Oliver Platt. Without his reliable scene-stealing, this gussied-up sex comedy might have been truly insufferable. As a matter of fact, most of the cast of Casanova is so good you find yourself wishing they could all be transported to a better film.

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Grandma’s Boy

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Watching this slapstick slacker comedy is the cinematic equivalent of a cover band: an Adam Sandler movie without Sandler himself. A product of his Happy Madison productions, it stars a collection of the Waterboy’s best buddies and hangers-on, who proudly carry on the sophomoric humor of their master.

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