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  • Why Robert Altman's brilliant 'Nashville' never had a sequel

    Why Robert Altman's brilliant 'Nashville' never had a sequel
    It was 40 years ago this month that Robert Altman's masterpiece "Nashville" hit screens, but the arrival hadn't come unannounced. In March, New Yorker critic Pauline Kael had taken the extraordinary step of reviewing Altman's three-hour rough cut and proclaiming it an "orgy for movie-lovers," a "pure emotional high," and, finally, the "funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen." Kael also predicted that its box office was going to "take off into the stratosphere."
  • TV Picks: 'What Not To Wear,' 'Breaking Bad ' Larry David twice

    TV Picks: 'What Not To Wear,' 'Breaking Bad ' Larry David twice
    "What Not To Wear" (TLC, Fridays). One of the greatest series on television begins its final season this week. I speak of course of the decade-old "What Not To Wear," based on an earlier British model, in which friendly yet acerbic, gentle but firm...

    Review: Larry David's 'Clear History' showcases some 'Curb' control

     Review: Larry David's 'Clear History' showcases some 'Curb' control
    Larry David, who is on a break from his series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" — permanent or not, he will let you know — returns to HBO on Saturday with a full-on movie-type movie, "Clear History," in which he plays not his usual fictionalized self...

    REVIEW: 'Bad Words' ★★★

    REVIEW: 'Bad Words' ★★&#9733
    Sarcastic, sanctimonious, salacious, sly, slight and surprisingly sweet, the black comedy of "Bad Words," starring and directed by Jason Bateman, is high-minded, foul-mouthed good nonsense. I had wondered where Bateman's angry itch would take him next....

    Jason Bateman uses 'Bad Words' to make good things happen

    Jason Bateman uses 'Bad Words' to make good things happen
    Jason Bateman is used to transitions. In a career that stretches back nearly 35 years, he has pulled off tricky moves from child actor to adult star and from television to movies. Now, with the opening Friday of "Bad Words," his debut film as director,...