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  • Film Review: 'Effie Gray'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - There's presumably more heated drama behind the screen than there is upon it in "Effie Gray," a literate, lovingly mounted and exceedingly well-behaved historical biopic that has sidled into British theaters after two years of less polite legal conflicts. Emma Thompson's first adult-oriented film screenplay since her Oscar-winning work on "Sense and Sensibility" finds a fascinating human subject in the title character -- the socially and sexually suppressed wife of leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin -- but this admirable, watercolor-delicate tale of individual feminist emancipation never quite blooms into living color, hampered by spotty casting and Richard Laxton's overly deliberate direction. Lush production values and name players -- notably a conscientious Dakota Fanning in the lead -- guarantee international exposure, but commercial prospects are as muted as the film itself.
  • Will '14 top '13 in TV land? Only time will tell

     Will '14 top '13 in TV land? Only time will tell
    In 2013, television got a lot of love from the appreciation societies, amateur and professional — some say it was the best TV year ever! (Notwithstanding the unprepossessing fall season.) Can 2014 do better? Will it be the fulfillment or the end...

    TV review: 'Looking' finds honesty, warmth

    TV review: 'Looking' finds honesty, warmth
    Gay men have been waiting a long time for "Looking" (9:30 p.m. Jan. 19, HBO; 4 stars out of 4). Sure, many gay personalities have made it to TV since the "Will & Grace" years. But like that sitcom's characters, they've been mostly one extreme or the...

    Review: HBO's 'Looking' an authentic glimpse inside lives of gay men

    Review: HBO's 'Looking' an authentic glimpse inside lives of gay men
    A continent may divide them, but HBO's "Girls" will have to shove over and cede some of the Frank New Voice limelight to "Looking," the network's charming and deceptively significant new half-hour series that premieres Sunday about a trio of gay men...

    London Theater Review: 'The Pass'

    When former German international soccer player and sometime English league player Thomas Hitzelsperger came out earlier this month it made headlines not just in the U.K. but around the world. In the macho arena of professional sports in the U.K. and the...