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STILL LIFE - A Moving Portrait of a Life in Limbo

STILL LIFE - A Moving Portrait of a Life in Limbo
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

With so many excellent major films to see, it’s hard to recommend a small set piece like writer/director Uberto Pasolini’s STILL LIFE. Opening today [Friday] in New York, it is already available on VOD and other platforms where --unlike recent, more demanding new releases (like BIRDMAN, SELMA and INTO THE WOODS) that should be seen in theaters—it’s an appropriate fit.

A sad little story about a sad little man, STILL LIFE introduces us to John May, a middle-aged British council officer whose job is to arrange funerals and burials for those in his borough who die with no next of kin—after first determining that no such relatives exist or—worst-case scenario--are interested in the deceased. Fortunately, Pasolini has cast this role with the consummate British character actor, Eddie Marsan, whose face-- if not name-- will undoubtedly be familiar---especially to fans of “Ray Donovan,” where he plays Ray’s brother. Marsan’s Chaplinesque performance is perfect.

 

'Honeymoon in Vegas' Broadway Review: Gambling With Love

'Honeymoon in Vegas' Broadway Review: Gambling With Love
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

“Honeymoon in Vegas” is a sporadically entertaining new Broadway musical that originated at Paper Mill Playhouse back in the fall of 2013.

Did you ...

5 Reasons Izod Center Arena Closing

5 Reasons Izod Center Arena Closing
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

East Rutherford’s Meadowlands Sports Complex is looking to reinvent itself, and its plans do not include the Izod Center.

The building that opened as the Brendan Byrne A...

“Whitney” Debuts Jan. 17 over Lifetime

“Whitney” Debuts Jan. 17 over Lifetime
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It seemed unfathomable. Forty-eight year old Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills Hotel suite on the eve of the Grammy Awards Feb. 11, 2...

'Constellations' Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson Make Eternal Love

'Constellations' Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson Make Eternal Love
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW 

“Do you know why it’s impossible to lick the tips of your elbows?”

That is the wacky opening line of a boy meets girl romance that becomes wo...

"Beloved Sisters" Lush Drama of German Threesome

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

The eighteenth-century German playwright, poet, and philosopher Friedrich Schiller was an advocate of the “sturm and drang” literary movement, and there ...

'Dying for It' Off Broadway Review: Laughing in the Face of Death

'Dying for It' Off Broadway Review: Laughing in the Face of Death
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Frustrated by the meaningless of his miserable life in 1920s Soviet Russia, the unemployed Semyon vows to kill himself.

“One less flea in the f...

'A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)' Off Broadway Review: Sam Shepard's Greek Barbecue

'A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)' Off Broadway Review: Sam Shepard's Greek Barbecue
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Although I had fun watching “A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations),” somehow I suspect that Sam Shepard and the Field Day theater company i...

Oprah Winfrey and Director Ava DuVernay for “Selma”

Oprah Winfrey and Director Ava DuVernay for “Selma”
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

At 100 years of age, Annie Lee Cooper steadfastly maintained her daily ritual of eating a tuna fish sandwich in front of the TV set as she watched the ...

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