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Kelly Jane Torrance

Articles by Kelly Jane Torrance

Brendan Gleeson (left) plays a parish priest trying to live a godly life and Chris O'Dowd plays a possible madman with an unstable wife in "Calvary." (Associated Press)

Actors shine in dark, thoughtful comedy 'Calvary'

Pity the poor parish priest. Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is just trying to live a godly life and is encouraging his flock to do the same, but they keep "dragging you down into the muck," as a fellow man of the cloth puts it. Published August 7, 2014

Sage Advice

Answers compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance, who also composed the questions. Published December 30, 2009

It only looks 'Complicated'

The film might be called "It's Complicated," but it's really not. Take one predictable script, then add a few romantic-comedy cliches. Be smart enough to mix in two stars with more presence than most other actors, and you've got yourself a decent comedy whose many sins are forgivable anytime those stars are on-screen. Published December 25, 2009

Movie review: Oh, the women in his life

Most men would kill to have in their lives the women Guido Contini has in his. They range from the ethereal Nicole Kidman to the earthy Penelope Cruz, from the sassy Kate Hudson to the stately Judi Dench. Published December 25, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Sherlock Holmes'

It's difficult to know how to review Guy Ritchie's latest film, "Sherlock Holmes." On one hand, it's a rather entertaining action film, full of style and spark. On the other, it bears almost no relation to the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Published December 25, 2009

Sage Advice

Answers compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance, who also composed the questions. Published December 23, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Young Victoria'

"Even a palace could be a prison," declares the woman about to inherit the throne of what was about to become the most powerful empire on earth. Published December 18, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Broken Embraces'

"Broken Embraces" is certainly moody, and that's one of its charms. But behind the style is disappointing substance, a melodramatic story that's as old as Hollywood. Published December 18, 2009

BEYOND HOLLYWOOD: Sarah and Victoria

"Hallelujah!" Sarah, Duchess of York, exclaims to this reporter in a car en route from Washington to Alexandria on her recent whirlwind visit to the area. All I've said is that I'd like to talk about the new film she has produced, "The Young Victoria." Apparently, she's had trouble getting reporters to talk about it. Published December 18, 2009

Sage Advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published December 16, 2009

Second City turns 50: Ramis waxes nostalgic

Just about every talented sketch comedian has, at some point, been part of the famed Chicago comedy troupe Second City. As the group with the incredible track record celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend with a series of shows, though, one of its alumni says it was born very much a child of the times — and not just the late 1950s in which it officially came into being. Published December 11, 2009

Sage Advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published December 9, 2009

Kennedy Center honorees reflect America's diversity

The first Kennedy Center Honors hosted by the country's first black president was a celebration of a multicultural and international America that mirrors the administration. Published December 7, 2009

The stars come to Washington for Kennedy honors

The Kennedy Center Honors, perhaps the nation's top award for achievement in the performing arts, are usually given to a mix of the famous and the slightly obscure. Published December 6, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Everybody's Fine'

"Everybody's Fine," a remake of the Italian film "Stanno tutti bene," is something of a departure for veteran actor Robert De Niro, who is not known as an understated artist. Published December 4, 2009

2009 Kennedy Center Honoree: Robert De Niro

As much as Americans love their matinee idols, most people think acting is a pretty cushy job — a sort of glorified game of dress-up that pays rather better than "real" work. Published December 4, 2009

Sage Advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions Published December 2, 2009

ON THE EDGE: Kate Moss, health savior?

Women's Wear Daily, in an interview with 35-year-old model Kate Moss, asked if she had a motto. Yes, she responded: "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." Cue the outrage. Published November 27, 2009