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boulevarde9kosh1ojtg77“BOULEVARD”  My rating: B

88 minutes | MPAA rating: R

Even without the knowledge that it is Robin Williams’ last film, “Boulevard” would be a melancholy affair.

Williams plays Nolan Mack, a bank loan officer who for most of his 60 years has been ignoring the fact that he’s gay.

Nolan has been married for four decades to Joy (Kathy Baker). They’re friends, no longer lovers. Separate bedrooms. Pretty much separate lives. There’s love there, but no heat.

He’s the kind of buttoned-down guy who keeps his tie on after getting home from work.

Nolan only lets down his hair — and then only a bit — when hanging with his oldest and best friend, Winston (an excellent Bob Odenkirk), a sardonic college prof with a long history of affairs with his students. In Winston’s presence Nolan relaxes enough to let his sense of humor slip out.  Just a bit.

Nolan’s mother recently died and his father is slipping into dementia. After one grim night at the nursing home Noland cruises aimlessly through the city’s streets and comes across Leo (Roberto Aguire), a young hustler.

Nolan is smitten. He buys the young man small gifts. He presents him with a cell phone so they can always be in contact.



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Ed Harris, Annette Bening

Ed Harris, Annette Bening

“THE FACE OF LOVE” My rating: B- (Opening March 28 at the Rio)

92 minutes | MPAA rating: PG-13

Great performances can trump great pretentiousness.

That’s the story on “The Face of Love,” an eye-rollingly improbable yarn that, thanks to some very fine acting and terrific dialogue, rises above its contrivances and gets under your skin.

In the opening moments of Arie Posin’s film we get scenes from the life of married couple Nikki (Annette Bening) and Garrett (Ed Harris). Theirs appears to be a perfect relationship…although we may be getting an overly rosy view.

Because before too long Garrett drowns while vacationing at a Mexican resort and Nikki is left to rebuild her life. Those flashbacks may represent her idealized view of her marriage.

Five years later Nikki is visiting an L.A. art musuem when she spots a man who looks exactly like Garrett (Harris again). At first she’s stunned, then curious.

She returns to the museum hoping to see him again, then begins stalking him. Discovering that the man — his name is Tom — teaches art at a local college, she approaches him about taking some private art lessons. One thing leads to another and soon they’re dating — although Nikki never lets Tom know that he’s her late husband’s doppelganger.


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