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Thelma Adams
Thelma Adams's second novel is The Last Woman Standing: A Novel of Mrs. Wyatt Earp from Amazon's Lake Union. Playdate, her well-reviewed debut, was published by St.Martin's Press. For over two decades -- and two terms as New York Film Critics Circle Chairperson -- the respected critic and journalist has written for the New York Post, Us Weekly and Yahoo Movies. She has profiled such luminaries as Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew McConaughey.


Entries by Thelma Adams

Kevin Costner's 'Criminal' Captures Us

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 5:34 PM

Orange is the new black for one-time A-lister Kevin Costner in Ariel Vroman's crazy sci-fi espionage actioner Criminal. Costner plays the gnarly Jericho Stewart. He's a violent, hard-biting death-row denizen - Hannibal hold the cannibal - totally lacking empathy and...

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The Three Stooges Meet Magic Realism in Sarasota Film Festival winner "Men & Chicken"

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 11:35 AM


I was ecstatic when the narrative jury of the Sarasota Film Festival - New York Academy Director of Programs and Membership Patrick Harrison, Masters of Sex actress Caitlin FitzGerald and me - picked the Danish comedy "Men & Chicken" as our Best Feature....

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By the 'She' Side at the Sarasota Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2016 | 10:14 AM

A documentary called Borderline on borderline personality disorder directed by a woman who has the diagnosis; a proposed feature about the exchange of sexual favors for pharmaceuticals at a nursing home called Geriatrics; The Itching, a stop-motion animated short about a shy...

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Book Review: 'Max Perkins: Editor of Genius'

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 9:32 PM

On the first day I met my agent, Victoria Sanders, she recommended two books. One was about Max Perkins. Since then I've written and sold a book The Last Woman Standing: A Novel of Mrs. Wyatt Earp and started the next proposal. Even though I am not a...

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A Dog Movie Unleashes Emotion in Marrakech

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 11:08 PM

"Each person dies as best they can," says Julian (Ricardo Darin) in the Spanish-language dramedy Truman, screened out of competition at the Festival International Du Film De Marrakech. Julian is a self-involved and straight-shooting stage actor riddled with cancer and reluctant to go another round with chemo. His...

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Naughty, Naughty: Carey Mulligan's Nude in Shame, Too

(6) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 12:30 PM

I'm feeling a little bad for Carey. After seeing Shame, all the fuss seemed to be about her co-star Michael Fassbender baring his junk, swinging the thing like a patrolman with a billy club.

But what about Carey? What about her needs? What about her risks?

Mulligan's character...

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Vincent Cassel: A Q&A With the Black Swan Star

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 4:57 PM

From his angry young man in La Haine (1995), to his Capoeira-loving Ocean's 12 sidekick and his Cesar-award winning Mesrine, Vincent Cassel, 44, gives his all: head, heart and muscle. We sat down at Manhattan's Mercer Hotel to discuss his domineering ballet master in Black Swan. I found him intense,...

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Bust a Hip -- Marlo Thomas Makes Us Fall Over Laughing

(10) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 11:52 AM

Marlo Thomas, 72, star of iconic sitcom That Girl, daughter of comedian Danny Thomas, and wife of chat TV's Phil Donahue, has a new book. Growing Up Laughing: My Story and The Story of Funny alternates memoir and interviews with comedians including Joy Behar, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine May...

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Charter School Controversy: A Q&A With The Lottery Director Madeleine Sackler

(23) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 10:39 AM

In Madeleine Sackler's affecting new documentary, The Lottery, the 27-year-old intended to create a cinema verite view of the families of four children who entered a lottery for 475 coveted spots at the Harlem Success Academy, a publicly funded charter school in NYC. But timing is every thing....

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A Letter From Santa

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 12:11 PM

December 21, 2009

Dear Needy Children,

In response to your many letters: no, no and no! I'm tired of reading your Christmas lists. You! You! You! What about my needs?

Don't you know there are children starving in India? And, hey, you Indian kids, don't you know there are children...

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Hanging with Motherhood Writer-Director Katherine Dieckmann

(7) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 5:20 PM

"While we have a lot of films that exist with mothers in them," Katherine Dieckmann told me earlier this month at the Woodstock Film Festival, "I felt frustrated that I wasn't seeing any depiction of a woman that I could relate to." So, the multi-tasking mother of two -- Caroline,...

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Smile Pinki and the Great Movie Giveaways

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 6:56 PM

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Well, yeah, unless you're still suffering through Philosophy 101. But if someone makes a brilliant documentary short and no one watches it -- does it have any impact? Even if...

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Obama's Family Vacation: An Oxymoron Case Study

(14) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 9:43 AM

Having just returned from four days visiting my mother in San Diego with my two children, Gene (13) and Gemma (10), I viewed photos of the Obama's summer vacation with a slightly jaundiced eye. Perhaps I was projecting, or still jet-lagged, but wasn't eight-year-old Sasha looking a little sullen?


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Motherhood Tales: My Little Runaway

(10) Comments | Posted December 14, 2008 | 4:57 PM

When my husband, Ranald, was small, a neighborhood girl tried to flush herself down the toilet. Her mother found her standing in the john, next stop China. Ranald told me the story after our daughter Elizabeth, 9, packed her bags on Columbus Day and split.

Lizzy's long...

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Reading Between the Lines in The Reader: When is Abuse Not Abuse?

(16) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 12:47 PM

The Reader? It's goodish. And Kate Winslet is, as ever, brilliant. And it has Nazis, which elevates it on the Oscar nom scale. But I'm not critiquing it here. I'm addressing its portrayal of child abuse - an adult having sex with a minor. I'm curious about the pass the...

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Oh, W, You Tease!

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 11:33 AM

Just released: the latest poster trumpeting W, Oliver Stone's slick forthcoming biopic giving George W. Bush the Walk the Line treatment. And, hey, it's looking good in 2-D. The shot is literally a tease -- the commander-in-chief, flanked by flags, having his hair ratted by a staffer while prepping for...

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For Your Consideration: Melissa Leo for Best Actress in Frozen River

(11) Comments | Posted July 29, 2008 | 5:28 PM

When I saw Frozen River last January at Sundance, it knocked me out. I'd been a Melissa Leo fan since she played Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Street. We became friends through the Woodstock Film Festival, and I adore Racing Daylight, her...

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Father's Day: Desperate Housewife or Daddy Dearest?

(9) Comments | Posted June 11, 2008 | 5:02 PM

I can tell you the last straw: I stuffed my 12-year-old son's portion of chicken pot pie in the garbage disposal when my husband wasn't looking. The next thing the kids and I knew, Dad was raging like a '50's housewife about how he was done cooking dinner every night....

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Sex and The City Jumps the Shark

(49) Comments | Posted May 28, 2008 | 12:27 PM

Call Sea World: Sex and the City has jumped the shark. Since the HBO series exited with tears and orgasms in 2004, we've all moved on even if Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte haven't. When SATC finally hits the big screen, it's no longer in sync with the way we...

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Sundance Dispatch: Boyz in the Sno Hood

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2008 | 2:19 PM

The 24th Annual Sundance film festival opened last night with multiples bangs, from the sloppy gunfire that punctuated the indie fest's premiere, In Bruges, to those on Robert Redford's wrinkly forehead. Ever earnest and self-effacing and fuzzily political (see Lions for Lambs), Mr. Redford stood up at the Eccles Theater...

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