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MOVIE REVIEW: "Words and Pictures" Does Not Do Either Credit

MOVIE REVIEW:
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen are fine actors. Fred Schepisi has made films as delightful as “Roxanne” and as riveting as “A Cry in the Dark.” Gerald Di Pego has had numerous screenplays produced over the last 30 years. Yet all this talent and experience could not save their new film “Words and Pictures” from tedious mediocrity. This cliche-ridden romantic dramedy about two teachers at an exclusive prep school even manages to insult high-school students, which is not an easy task. I refuse to believe that American teenagers are as lame as the kids in this movie. If they are, we are doomed.

A rumpled, stubbled (what else?) Clive Owen plays Jack Markus, the flamboyant, charismatic English teacher at Croyden Prep. Once he was a talented, promising poet. Now, he’s an obnoxious drunk who cannot write. But he is still a terrific teacher, inspiring a multicultural bunch of rich kids to love “language” by reading them passages by John Updike and Abraham Lincoln and imploring them to revive their computer-deadened minds.. New to the school is Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche), who has gotten a position teaching Arts Honors. A well-known painter, Dina also struggles with her art due to the rheumatoid arthritis that has crippled her hands. Aloof and imperious, she was known at her last school as The Icicle, but she’s a brilliant and demanding teacher as well.  What else would she be? In this film, everything follows the teacher-movie  formula.

 

Michael Jace’s Rise and Fall After New Jersey

Michael Jace’s Rise and Fall After New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey native Michael Jace, best known for his role in “The Shield,” is facing homicide charges in the death of his wife April on Monday.

Jace, born in Paterson, is ...

5 Things Bon Jovi Has Planned for 2014

5 Things Bon Jovi Has Planned for 2014
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey’s own Bon Jovi has been selling records and touring the country for more than 30 years now. And the band from Sayreville has no plans on slowing down during ...

Rachel Roy Tweets Jay Z Lyrics After Altercation

Rachel Roy Tweets Jay Z Lyrics After Altercation
BY REBECCA SASS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Is Beyonce about to be one of the Single Ladies she sings about? Jay Z liked it, put a ring on it, but then he allegedly got too close to designer, Rachel Roy, and ...

Lea Michele’s Homecoming

Lea Michele’s Homecoming
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The star of a show about a fictitious high school actually attended high school in New Jersey.

Glee’s Lea Michele went to Tenafly, and was a member of the Class of 2004....

Loan of 2 Alexander Calder sculptures adds to Princeton University's rich outdoor art

Loan of 2 Alexander Calder sculptures adds to Princeton University's rich outdoor art
BY PAT SUMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) may be more well-known in the tri-state area than other modern artists for a few good reasons. Born in Pennsylvania, he studied...

"The Discoverers" Takes a Long Trek Through the Woods

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

We are born into our families; we don’t choose them. This less than original observation is paraphrased by one of the characters in the intermittently su...

5 Reasons “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is Worth $800 Million

5 Reasons “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is Worth $800 Million
BY LAURA YOUNG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is all about glamour, relationships, and money. The show, which follows the lives of wealthy socialites, is about to enter its si...

UPDATE-How NJ Boy Scouts Saved Ann Curry

UPDATE-How NJ Boy Scouts Saved Ann Curry
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NBC news correspondent Ann Curry has been to Iraq and Afghanistan, and some will even say she survived Matt Lauer.

But Curry needed to have some help from a well-prepare...

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