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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, December 18, 2014

If you believe the Internet – and, in this case, I think you can – Reese Witherspoon is 5 feet, 1½ inches tall. She’s not quite as tiny as a gumdrop-sized teen gymnast on the... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, December 18, 2014

“The unspeakable after the uneatable” is how Oscar Wilde famously described the “sport” of fox hunting. The key word in his witticism is “unspeakable,” used to describe an aristocratic cla... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It turns out, somewhat incredibly in this century, that there is such a thing as going too far.The decision by a host of theater chains to not open “The Interview” on Christmas Day in th... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Her name is Alena Smith. You probably never encountered it before. And it’s likely you’ll never encounter it again.She was the writer on the staff of this season’s “The New... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Top Five Reasons Why Chris Rock’s “Top Five” is the best film comedy of 2014. 1. The idea of Chris Rock as moviedom’s newest version of Woody Allen (or, once upon a time, Charlie Chapli... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, December 11, 2014

No argument. “Citizenfour” is the most important documentary of the film year. That doesn’t make it the best, though. That, it seems to me, is another subject altogether. The raw facts of ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I beg to differ. Sorry.You may have noticed already that a lot of “Best Films of 2104” lists have appeared. And that Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” tops quite a few. ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, December 7, 2014

Peter, Paul and Mary, “Discovered: Live in Concert” [Rhino] To give credit where it will always be due, it wasn’t Bob Dylan himself who first impressed himself on a waiting world with his so... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, December 7, 2014

In the first 10 minutes of Thursday morning’s “The Late, Late Show” on CBS, Craig Ferguson did the following things:• Compared the look achieved by his last two separately ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, December 7, 2014

Jazz Jane Bunnett, “Maqueque” [Justin Time] It’s pronounced, we’re told, “ma-keh-keh” and supposedly means “the spirit of a young girl” in ancient Afro-Cuban dialect. It’s Jane... Read More
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