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Matthew Weiner's First Feature "Are You Here" Disappointing

Matthew Weiner's First Feature
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has tried his hand at a full-length feature film, but “Are You Here” (written before “Mad Men”) is unlikely to please most fans of the Emmy Award winning advertising series. First, it doesn’t look nearly as good. Those sleek, brightly colored 1960’s sets and costumes are often the best things about the television series and although the contemporary small-town setting of the movie has its own charms, it is not as unusual or as striking. And while Weiner has gathered an A-list of comic actors, they cannot overcome the frailty of a script that treats mental illness as a humorous plot device in a family-inheritance-gone-awry story.

 

He Loves Me; She Loves Me Not: "The One I Love" Movie Review

He Loves Me; She Loves Me Not:
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Thanks to restrictions imposed on it by director Charlie McDowell and screenwriter Justin Lader, THE ONE I LOVE is an impossible movie to review…which is probab...

'May in the Summer' Movie Review: Arab American Family Comedy Amusing Enough

'May in the Summer' Movie Review: Arab American Family Comedy Amusing Enough
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Cherien Dabis is a woman of many talents. In addition to being the film’s writer/director, she has taken on the lead role in her gently amusing family co...

'Poor Behavior' Off Broadway Review: A Miserable Weekend

'Poor Behavior' Off Broadway Review: A Miserable Weekend
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Playwright Theresa Rebeck invites us to spend a lousy weekend in a country house with two middle-aged couples as they argue, swill bad wine, eat disgusting muffi...

THE GIVER: Not by the Book, but Worth a Look

THE GIVER: Not by the Book, but Worth a Look
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

As I write this, it’s hard to drown out the chorus of carping voices complaining that the movie version of THE GIVER is a pale attempt to bring this...

2015 SummerSlam: 5 Things to Know

2015 SummerSlam:  5 Things to Know
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Summerslam 2014 took place at the Staples Center in California for the sixth year in a row Sunday night. The Summerslam storylines usually set the tone for WWE’s road t...

'When the Game Stands Tall' Movie Review: Team-First Theme Should Resonate As High School Football Season Opens

'When the Game Stands Tall' Movie Review: Team-First Theme Should Resonate As High School Football Season Opens
BY JERRY MILANI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The high school football season is nearly upon us, and New Jersey holds its own, particularly in the Northeast, in several national preseason polls. As many alums o...

'Revolution In the Elbow ...' Off Broadway Review: An Oddball Epic

'Revolution In the Elbow ...' Off Broadway Review: An Oddball Epic
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A curious piece of musical bric-a-brac, “Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter” is perched at the Minetta Lane Theater, although one doub...

MOVIE REVIEW: Sequel "The Trip to Italy" Even More Fun

MOVIE REVIEW: Sequel
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If you can’t get to Italy this year, Michael Winterbottom’s film “The Trip to Italy” is almost as rewarding. Albeit vicariously, you will certainly eat m...

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