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Premium Content Film tip: "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me"

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 2:04 pm

This documentary reminded me a bit of the wonderful "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," another film about a headstrong, talented broad - someone who's facing the woes of aging but still lights up when she's onstage. Elaine Stritch is a...

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With vampires, Jim Jarmusch takes the long view

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 7:00 pm

It's tempting to think of Jim Jarmusch's high-standing white hair as the mark of a lightning bolt that struck him long ago, leaving him forever an eager receiver for the electricity of inspiration.
"My...

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Premium Content Movie tip: "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 1:24 pm

This film is idionsyncratic, even by Wes Anderson standards. If the writer-director's last film, "Moonrise Kingdom," toyed with a more sentimental tone, "Budapest" keys up as a wild, farce-edged ride. It's set in a fictional country just...

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Morris on Rumsfeld doc, ‘It’s a horror movie’

 April 3, 2014; Updated: 5:02 pm

Errol Morris spent more than 30 hours interviewing Donald Rumsfeld. He sifted through thousands of memos from the former secretary of defense and architect of the Iraq war.
Yet at the conclusion of so...

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Premium Content Birthday revelers get star treatment at local cinemas

 March 29, 2014; Updated: 3:52 pm

A little after 9:30 on a chilly Saturday morning, kids were scurrying into Niantic Cinemas. They came bearing gifts - birthday gifts, tied up in vivid paper and shimmering bows - because two birthday parties were gearing up inside.

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Premium Content Baldwin films scenes in Stonington couple's movie

 March 29, 2014; Updated: 3:56 pm

Chris Fondulas of Stonington started directing his short film "The Curse of Don Scarducci" on Wednesday in New York City - and one of the stars was Alec Baldwin. Fondulas was a boom operator for all seven seasons of "30 Rock," and he had...

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Sony teases Spider-Man and more at CinemaCon

 March 28, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

Sony Pictures debuted 30 minutes of 3-D footage of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" at movie-theater convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.
Cut into multiple segments, a packed house at...

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Premium Content Local musicians land seats in new Hoffman film

 March 25, 2014; Updated: 5:54 pm

Extras exist in the background of a movie scene - sitting, maybe, or walking by.
In some cases, though, particular talents are required.
For the Dustin Hoffman drama...

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Premium Content Filmmakers turn dietary dilemma into creative ‘Curse’

 March 21, 2014; Updated: 4:47 pm

Back when Jessie Hoyt was diagnosed in 2006 with Celiac disease - which is caused by eating gluten and damages the small-intestine lining - the whole "gluten-free" issue had yet to become a widely known phenomenon.

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Review: The Muppets reteam with mixed results

 March 21, 2014; Updated: 4:56 pm

A strange sense of doom hangs over the rebooted Muppets, and it's not from the Swedish Chef's cooking.
"The Muppets" (2011) may have been an earnest and largely successful relaunch for Jim Henson's...

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Premium Content International Jewish Film Festival of Eastern Connecticut turns 20

 March 20, 2014; Updated: 11:37 am

SIDEBAR SCHEDULE
Film fest schedule
The International Jewish Film Festival of Eastern Connecticut line-up is listed below. All films begin at 7 p.m., unless...

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With help from thousands, ‘Veronica Mars’ reborn

 March 14, 2014; Updated: 4:08 pm

Rob Thomas knew he might make movie history by using Kickstarter to crowd-fund his "Veronica Mars" film. But he wasn't prepared for the posters.
Of all the prizes offered to donors of "Veronica Mars" -...

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Premium Content Fletcher script earns BAFTA

 March 14, 2014; Updated: 4:09 pm

A short film based on a script by Oscar winner and Waterford native Geoffrey Fletcher won a BAFTA recently. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award is the British equivalent of the Oscar, and "Room 8" was named Best British...

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Premium Content ‘Wisp’ joins film festival lineup

 March 11, 2014; Updated: 5:10 pm

"Wisp," which was filmed in southeastern Connecticut, has been chosen to be part of the sixth annual SENE Film Fest in Rhode Island. The Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival will take place April 22-27 in Providence, and...

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Casting Jesus: Did he really look like Brad Pitt?

 March 10, 2014; Updated: 5:42 pm

They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying that you can't be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood.
But in the popular new film "Son of God," Jesus...

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Fiennes shows comic chops in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

 March 10, 2014; Updated: 5:44 pm

One of the many surprises in Wes Anderson's rich, layered and quirkily entertaining new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is the emergence of a new comic actor, one with impeccable timing and just the right mix of gravitas and utter...

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Premium Content Movie tip: "The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)"

 March 6, 2014; Updated: 12:00 pm

"The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)" just walked off with the best foreign-language film Oscar, and you can go see why. This Italian creation is clearly influenced by the great "La Dolce Vita," as it immerses the audience in the lives...

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Premium Content A-listers abound among Oscar nominees

 March 2, 2014; Updated: 6:22 pm

Why, isn't this a starry Oscars ceremony! Leo and Julia and Christian and Sandra and Bradley and Jennifer. It's like a People magazine come to life.
Even better, it's a real competition for the top...

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'12 Years a Slave' wins best picture at Oscars

 March 2, 2014; Updated: 1:06 am

UPDATED:1:00 AM Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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Premium Content Oscar films screened at the Save Movies at the Garde Film Festival

 February 27, 2014; Updated: 1:15 pm

You might know it as the Winter Film Festival or the New London Oscar Film Festival, but this year, the Garde Arts Center's pre-Academy Awards screening extravaganza is going by another name: the Save Movies at the Garde Film Festival.

The...

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Q&A: A documentarian working in virtual reality

 February 20, 2014; Updated: 7:09 pm

Forget 3-D glasses.

Oscar-nominated documentarian Danfung Dennis believes the next evolution in filmmaking will be to surround viewers with images in 360 degrees - directly on their noggins.

Dennis, whose gripping 2012 film "Hell and...

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Premium Content Movie tip: "The Monuments Men"

 February 20, 2014; Updated: 2:47 pm

When one character says he thinks a land mine is a dud, it's hard for a viewer not to sigh and mutter, "I think this movie is a dud, too." It's such a shame, because "The Monuments Men" would seem to have a whole lot going for it. The...

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Premium Content Banff Film Festival comes to Conn College

 February 20, 2014; Updated: 2:36 pm

Delve into deep-slot canyons and waterfalls that haven't been explored before. Or follow a group of wingsuit pilots who aim to fly through Heaven's Gate, an archway carved out of Tianmen Mountain in China. Or go along with two bicyclists...

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Oscars rich in tales of wealthy and poor

 February 18, 2014; Updated: 6:59 pm

2014 Academy Award nominees are flush with tales of wealth, poverty
Early in "Captain Phillips," the cargo ship captain (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) drive from their Vermont home to the...

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Short film aims to inspire dancing against violence

 February 12, 2014; Updated: 6:24 pm

When the anti-violence organization V-Day announced plans to gather a billion people worldwide on Feb. 14 in a dancing demonstration to end violence against women and girls, some people said the goal was too ambitious. It couldn't be...

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