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By Ed Koch “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” (+) This documentary deals with the fall of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer — who, while in office, used an “escort” service that charged upwards of $2,000 an hour. An actress superbly delivers the chatty and often humorous lines provided by “Angelina,” […]

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By Ed Koch “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” (-) Like every Woody Allen cult fan, I have seen all his movies. I’ll continue to do so although, regrettably, it appears his days of making great films are over. In his latest effort, more than a half-dozen people are involved in intimate relationships — […]

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By ED KOCH “Hereafter” (+) A neighbor recently asked me if I had seen this film, which she described as “interesting.” By that word, I assumed she really didn’t like it — but when she said she did, I decided to see it. In addition to being interesting, “Hereafter” is a delightful, sensitive and poignant […]

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BY ED KOCH “Mao’s Last Dancer” (+) The movie is based on Li Cunxin’s autobiography. It’s no blockbuster, but it is a pleasant, enjoyable and interesting film. It opens in China in 1972 and introduces us to a peasant family. One of their sons, Li Cunxin, is plucked from abject poverty by a Communist talent […]

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BY ED KOCH “Waiting for Superman” (+) The rave reviews of this documentary are well-deserved. Everyone interested in the welfare of children — and their education — should see it. The oddball title of the movie is explained in the beginning of the picture, so I won’t explain it here. The wars depicted involve the […]

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BY Ed Koch “The Social Network” (+) This docudrama has been hailed as a picture that is on its way to becoming a cult film. I agree. The script is based on a book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich — and a brilliant screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. The incidents stated as facts are subject […]

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By Ed Koch “The Town” (+) This cops and robbers film, directed by Ben Affleck, is superb. Affleck and Matt Damon came on the scene like gangbusters when they starred in the film “Good Will Hunting” — based on their screenplay. Following that movie, Damon eclipsed Affleck on the screen and Affleck dominated the tabloids […]

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BY ED KOCH “Leaves of Grass” (-) I’ve been a big fan of Edward Norton ever since seeing “Primal Fear” — in which he played a young man accused of murder. He brilliantly portrayed the character who appeared to have a myriad of personalities (some good and at least one bad). The story involves the […]

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By Ed Koch Animal Kingdom” (+) This movie is not as terrific as it could have been. Jacki Weaver plays Smurf Cody — the mother, grandmother and pillar of strength to a family of crooks living in Melbourne, Australia. One of her sons, Pope (Ben Mendelsohn), is feared by his brothers and Smurf’s 17-year-old grandson, J […]

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By Ed Koch “The Extra Man” (-) This picture could have been a real romp and lots of fun. Instead, I found it pretentious, overrated and over the top. The story is very simple and inane. A young man from New Jersey, Louis Ives (Paul Dano), has lost his job at a prep school. Louis is uncertain […]

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