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  • Toronto Film Review: 'The Double'

    Richard Ayoade's quirky coming-of-ager "Submarine" provided little indication of the exceedingly strange places the multitalented British funnyman would go with his sophomore directing effort, a dark and heady dystopian-noir cocktail adapted from Dostoevsky's 1846 novella, "The Double." Heavily influenced in its visual and narrative particulars by Terry Gilliam's "Brazil," among other out-there cinematic touchstones, this tale of a nondescript young man who finds himself gradually eclipsed by his own doppelganger (an expert dual performance by Jesse Eisenberg) has style and energy to burn, even when its willfully hermetic, overdetermined vision begins to run out of steam. Likely to be embraced by Ayoade's fans and adventurous arthouse-goers, it's a left-field curio that unmistakably broadens the director's range but seems unlikely to significantly expand his audience.
  • Summer ends on 'The Big C': A chat with executive producer Darlene Hunt

    Note to "The Big C": You got us! Heading into Monday's season finale, after an anxiety-ridden 12 episodes of worrying about Cathy, her Stage 4 melanoma and her crumbling marriage, viewers find themselves in an unexpected place. We grieve not...

    This week: ‘South Pacific’ offers some enchanted evening; ‘The Big C’ arrives; ‘Weeds’ returns; TCM salutes Paul Newman

    Want a fantastic deal this week? Look to PBS. The Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's “South Pacific” will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The celebrated 1949 musical, chronicling a couple of World War II love stories, gained wide p