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  • 'The Butler' a stimulating tangle ★★ 1/2

    'The Butler' a stimulating tangle  ★&#9733 1/2
    The best scenes in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" — a family farewell at a bus station; a few drinks and a few dangerous glances among friends in an ordinary Washington, D.C., living room — steer clear of the White House and keep a comfortable and freeing distance from the flotilla of celebrity impersonations sailing by.
  • When the voice-over speaks plainly, the heart sings

    When the voice-over speaks plainly, the heart sings
    Confronted by the alleged thriller "Paranoia" last week, I was struck dumb (and dumber!) by the opening voice-over narration delivered in heavy, stilted tones by Liam Hemsworth, a young actor whose only piece of direction, apparently, was: Talk. Slowly....

    History, and character, is served

    History, and character, is served
    With respect to Ralph Ellison, Forest Whitaker plays an invisible man in the new movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Not a Hollywood ectoplasm, but a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fibers and liquids. Nevertheless, his character, Cecil Gaines, White...

    Broadway for fall 2011: 'Follies,' 'Godspell,' 'Chinglish' and 'On a Clear Day'

    Broadway for fall 2011: 'Follies,' 'Godspell,' 'Chinglish' and 'On a Clear Day'
    — The fall on Broadway started early this year. And auspiciously. Transferring from the Kennedy Center in Washington, Eric Schaeffer's lush, raw and moving revival of "Follies," the classic 1971 musical by James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim, set the...

    Butz joins Holmes on Broadway: Actor will co-star in Rebeck's 'Dead Accounts'

    Norbert Leo Butz has signed on to co-star with Katie Holmes in the Broadway run of "Dead Accounts," the new play by Theresa Rebeck. Butz, a two-time Tony winner for his perfs in musicals "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "Catch Me If You Can," will play...