Alan Ball

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Crossword: ''What are the odds''

You may be luckier than you think
You may be luckier than you think
By MATT JONES  |  October 16, 2009

Vampires want more than just blood

In these trying times, we've shunned wizards for vampires
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 30, 2008

Bridesmaids' banter

At this upper-crust Tennessee wedding, we never see the bride, but her quintet of reluctant bridesmaids gets down to some deep and dirty truths in the sassy, irreverent Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, an early comedy by Alan Ball.
In Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 19, 2008


Towelhead is the type of tripe that poses as enlightenment in “important” Oscar winners like Crash and American Beauty .
A grosteque and unbelievable adaptation
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 17, 2008

Sight unseen

Hollywood writers are no longer walking picket lines, but their 14-week shutdown of TV production reverberates through the 2008-’09 fall season.
The fall TV season flies without pilots
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  September 08, 2008

The ultimate balancing act

About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008