‘Salinger’ documentary opens more of the book on the late J.D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger had one novel published in his lifetime.  It was titled “The Catcher in the Rye” (just in case you were one of the rare few never exposed to it) and it has sold over 65 million copies since being published in 1951.  It continues to sell over 250,000 copies annually and since the release of Shane Salerno’s documentary about the book’s author, it has leapt from 125th to 76th on the USA Today list of best-selling books.

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‘A Late Quartet’ feels a little out of tune

Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken make music together in 'A Late Quartet'
Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken make music together in ‘A Late Quartet’

[rating=2]Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir, Catherine Keener, Imogen Poots, Christopher Walken
Director(s): Yaron Zilberman
Writer(s): Seth Grossman and Yaron Zilberman

Oh what a frustrating movie A Late Quartet turns out to be. What could have been an eye-opening look at a fringe industry and the lives of the talented performers who thrive within it ends up being a by-the-numbers melodrama, despite a sterling cast.

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‘The Master’ might just be a… ‘master’-piece

Joaquin Phoenix returns to the big screen with 'The Master'
Joaquin Phoenix returns to the big screen with ‘The Master’

[rating=4]Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

When I ranked Magnolia as my top film of 1999, I often found myself in the position of have to defend it often to non-believers. Yes, it was tough, I acknowledged. Yes, it was difficult. But unlike many other works, which receive acclaim for breaking the rules, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s uncompromising visionary vista was to be applauded for creating a set of rules all his own. Anderson’s latest, The Master, is a visually arresting and highly stylized look at a similar group of those who may doubt and disbelieve.

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