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Shakespeare, Thompson: Stick To The Print Versions

The lives of writers drive two films opening this week: The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, dramatizes a Hunter S. Thompson novel. Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, meanwhile, examines who wrote Shakespeare's plays. Critic David Edelstein says both films show how hard it is to write about writers.
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'Like Crazy' Makes First Love Feel Real

"Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" movie critic Kenneth Turan calls the Sundance standout "Like Crazy" a simple love story. It's about a young couple divided by geography.
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For 'Anonymous' Scribe, A Shakespearean Speculation

An oft-debunked notion about the authorship of Hamlet, Macbeth and the rest is at the core of a new political thriller from director Roland Emmerich. Screenwriter John Orloff tells Renee Montagne that he's less interested in historical fact than in dramatizing "the process of creativity."
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Spreading Wealth After Tough Lessons From Cancer

The new documentary The Education of Dee Dee Ricks premieres on HBO Thursday. It charts the story of a self-admitted vain white businesswoman who questions her lavish life after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She realizes how lucky she is to be able to afford treatment. This galvanizes Ricks to advocate and raise money for poor, uninsured cancer patients — many who happen to be women of color. Michel Martin speaks with Dee Dee Ricks about her personal transformation and outreach.
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DVD Picks: 'Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection'

Bob Mondello recommends a collection of Alfred Hitchcock films that reveal a master at work.
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'Shame,' Sex And Violence: Can We Reclaim The NC-17 Rating?

The ratings controversy over a new film from Fox Searchlight promises a way forward out of the chaotic movie ratings system.

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