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French Boomer Rom Com "Bright Days Ahead" Never Catches Fire

French Boomer Rom Com
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

The baby-boom generation in France is just as anxious about its diminishing sexual allure as we are here in the U.S., so the French get films such as “Bright Days Ahead” just as we get assorted middle-aged romances with well preserved screen beauties like Annette Bening and Susan Sarandon. Here, a glamorous Fanny Ardant (“The Woman Next Door” and many more) plays the role of the sexually adventurous older woman who starts an exciting affair with a much younger man and has to decide what she wants when her husband finds out.

It may be France’s generous social safety net, but the group of seniors at the retirement activity center Ardant’s character Caroline attends seem far too young to be retired. The center, called Bright Days Ahead, attracts a vigorous crowd who are all involved in ceramics, birding, drama, and lots of other pursuits. No walkers or canes in sight.

 

Rory Culkin Stars as Teenager Struggling With Mental Illness in Lou Howe's "Gabriel"

Rory Culkin Stars as Teenager Struggling With Mental Illness in Lou Howe's
BY PAULA SCHWARTZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Rory Culkin, 24, the youngest of the seven Culkin siblings – Macaulay of “Home Alone” fame is the best known – stars as a teenager locked in an ongoing struggle w...

Tribeca Film Festival: Our Critics Choose Some Favorites

Tribeca Film Festival: Our Critics Choose Some Favorites
BY JOE TYRRELL
and MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Tribeca Film Festival wraps up another good installment this weekend. Please see our full-length reviews of movies upon release, but here are brie...

Exciting Documentary "Virunga" Pits Greed and Guns Against Gorillas

Exciting Documentary
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL MOVIE REVIEW

A riveting mix of wildlife documentary, war adventure and undercover exposé, “Virunga,” Orlando von Einsiedel’s bracing story of th...

'Casa Valentina' Broadway Review: Harvey Fierstein Fashions An Unusual Old School Drama

'Casa Valentina' Broadway Review: Harvey Fierstein Fashions An Unusual Old School Drama
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A remarkably old-fashioned dramedy about some otherwise manly men who enjoy dressing up as women, “Casa Valentina” finds playwright Harvey Fierstein trying on a ...

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Broadway Review: Neil Patrick Harris Triumphs as A Transgendered Trollop

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Broadway Review: Neil Patrick Harris Triumphs as A Transgendered Trollop
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Neil Patrick Harris kicks it out like crazy as Hedwig, the transgender punk rocker who rages away in the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Making his first Br...

'The Velocity of Autumn' Broadway Review: Estelle Parsons Rages Against the Sunset

'The Velocity of Autumn' Broadway Review: Estelle Parsons Rages Against the Sunset
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An intermittently affecting two-character comedy about aging, “The Velocity of Autumn” has been built not too soundly by Eric Coble as a conventional vehicle for...

'Violet' Broadway Review: Sutton Foster Blossoms in a Radiant Little Musical

'Violet' Broadway Review: Sutton Foster Blossoms in a Radiant Little Musical
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Let me briefly add my voice to the chorus of praise for “Violet,” the lovely little musical that opened on Sunday at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater. Roll...

'The Cripple of Inishmaan" Broadway Review: Daniel Radcliffe Helps to Illuminate a Dark Irish Comedy

'The Cripple of Inishmaan
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Marking his third appearance on Broadway, Daniel Radcliffe genuinely glows as the title figure for “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” It otherwise is nice to see how we...

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