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Prestige movie season officially begins at Toronto International Film Festival - CharlotteObserver.com

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 05:18 AM PDT

Posted: Wednesday, Sep. 08, 2010

Think of it as the 10-day equivalent of a sneak preview.

The 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival gets under way Thursday, with a slate of more than 300 films from around the world and a guest list that would rival any 10 red-carpet events. And movie watchers, after a summer of popcorn, will turn their gaze northeast to get an inkling of what titles we just might be hearing about this fall and during awards season.

Last year, "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," won the big audience prize at Toronto; it went on to receive six Academy Award nominations, winning two. In 2008, "Slumdog Millionaire" was the toast of Toronto, and later went eight-for-10 at the Oscars. And what will this year's winner be?

Among the films scheduled to make a splash at Toronto are the world premiere of Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," a drama about the afterlife starring Matt Damon and Cecile de France, written by Peter Morgan ("The Queen"). Another A-list actor-turned-director, Robert Redford, will be in Toronto with his new film, "The Conspirator," about the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln and starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn and Kevin Kline.

Darren Aronofsky, in Toronto two years ago with "The Wrestler," has Natalie Portman donning pointe shoes for the ballet thriller "Black Swan," co-starring Vincent Cassel. Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter play royalty in "The King's Speech," about the unexpected ascendancy to the throne of England's George VI (the father of the current Queen). Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel," "21 Grams") will attend with his drama about a Barcelona man in free fall, "Biutiful," starring Javier Bardem.

Danny "Slumdog Millionaire" Boyle returns to TIFF with something far from Bollywood: "127 Hours," an outdoor adventure based on the true story of climber Aron Ralston, trapped in a Utah canyon for five days under a boulder. Woody Allen will be in Toronto, with his latest ensemble comedy "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Carey Mulligan, who made a splash in Toronto last year with "An Education," is back with "Never Let Me Go," based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel and co-starring Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield.

All of these films are set with U.S. release dates, to be seen before the end of the year. But Toronto's also a ripe breeding ground for deal making - "A Single Man," the drama that snagged Colin Firth his first Oscar nomination, arrived at TIFF last year without a distribution deal, and quickly landed one. What might be in play this year? Possibly "Rabbit Hole," directed by John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") and starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, based on David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a grieving family. Or "Barney's Version," based on Mordecai Richler's comic novel and starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman.

The latest documentary from Academy Award winner Errol Morris ("The Fog of War," "Standard Operating Procedure," "The Thin Blue Line") might just kick off a bidding war: Called "Tabloid," it's the story of a former beauty queen and the mysterious turns her life has taken. French actor/filmmaker Guillaume Canet (who directed the terrific thriller "Tell No One") will be looking for buyers for "Little White Lies," a drama set at a beach house and starring Francois Cluzet and Marion Cotillard.

Much more will be unveiled at Toronto this year - including the festival's just-completed flagship theater and year-round home, the sparkling-new Bell Lightbox. And, attending along with most of the names above and many more (including Bill Gates, Helen Mirren, Jon Hamm, Catherine Deneuve, Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Werner Herzog - in 3D! - and the list goes on ... ) will be me, racing along the Toronto sidewalks to catch as many movies and interviews as possible, and blogging all the way.

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sept. 9-19, Toronto, Ontario

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Cantors' Poland trip focus of new movie - Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 11:31 PM PDT

RELIGION NOTES

Cantors' Poland trip focus of new movie

Documentary will be shown on Sept. 21 in Copley, Hudson theaters

By Colette M. Jenkins
Beacon Journal religion writer

A documentary about the Cantors Assembly's mission to Poland in 2009 will be shown at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Regal Montrose Stadium 12, 4020 Medina Road, Copley Township, and Regal Hudson Cinema 10, 5339 Darrow Road.

The film documents the cantors' concerts and their visits to historic sites in Poland, including the Nozyk synagogue (the only synagogue in Warsaw not destroyed by the Nazis). Their mission, as musical ambassadors, coincided with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

The Cantors Assembly is affiliated with the Conservative Movement of Judaism. Cantor Stephen Stein of Akron's Beth El Congregation is executive director.

The film, 100 Voices: A Journey Home, will premiere in 500 theaters nationwide. Locally, it will be shown one night only. Admission is $12.50 at http://www.fandango.com or $10 via the box office or Stein, by calling 330-864-8533.

In other religion news:

Events

Antioch Baptist Church — 670 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Adult choir's anniversary will be celebrated. Theme is Let's Go Back to the Old Time Way. Local singing groups and individuals will perform. Freewill offering. 330-762-3469.

Bethel Temple Assembly of God — 711 25th St., Canton. 8 to 9:30 p.m. tonight. A Prayer Gathering to Pray for Our Nation will take place. All are welcome to come and pray. There will be Bible readings every 20 minutes with a special prayer at 9:11 p.m. 330-454-3058.

Calvary Baptist Church — 820 White Pond Drive, Akron. 10 a.m. Sunday. Old Friends Day. All former members and friends are invited to come and worship and enjoy a covered-dish dinner.

The Chapel, Green Campus — 1800 Raber Road. 10 a.m. Friday. Abundant Living 55+ Christian fellowship and lunch in atrium. Guest speaker will be Ken Groves, comedy ventriloquist. Adults 55 and over welcome to attend. 330-315-5508.

Christ Is the Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 11 a.m. Sunday. Women's Day service. Sharon E. Martin is keynote speaker. 330-376-1869.

Crosspoint Alliance Church — 855 Rothrock Road, Copley Township. Fall Bible studies will feature five offerings for women: The Excellent Wife, starting Monday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and every other Monday; Reinventing Your Life, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; Digging for Diamonds, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; Calm My Anxious Heart, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; and Experiencing God, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. 330-666-1693.

Family Promise of Summit County — 77 W. Miller Ave., Akron. Fourth annual 100 Holes for the Homeless golf tournament, Sept. 27 at Prestwick Country Club, 2220 Raber Road, Green. 330-253-8081.

First United Methodist Church — 263 E. Mill St., Akron. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Spaghetti dinner, with salad, bread, beverage and dessert. $6, ages 3-12 $3. 330-376-8143.

First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Cub Scout Pack 3152 will have an open house for boys in grades first through fourth in Wesley Hall. 330-923-1347.

Green Family Worship Center — 4022 Cottage Grove Road, Green. 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 18. Spaghetti dinner, fundraiser for elevator. Includes roll, drink and dessert, $6. 330-899-0754.

Haven of Rest Ministries — 175 E. Market St., Akron. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19. Italian dinner fundraiser will be served in the mission's dining room. Adult meals $8, children's meal $4, under age 5 free. 330-535-1563.

Hill's Temple First Born Church — 799 S. Arlington St., Akron. 11 a.m. Sunday. Annual Homecoming services. Guest speaker will be the Rev. A. Knighton from Detroit. 330-773-2809.

Friendship Apostolic Church of Christ — 332 Trigonia Drive, Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Celebrating the church's 49th annual Homecoming. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Marc Neal of Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church — 270 E. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. Women's Day evening service. Speaker will be the Rev. Darlene Bishop of Solid Rock Church in Monroe. At 11 a.m. Sunday, the Women's Day morning service will feature the Rev. Cordelia Wallace of Brooklyn, N.Y. 330-864-6635.

Lake Anna Hall — 542 W. Park Ave., Barberton. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Day of Awakening. Includes Peruvian Shamanic Healing Drum Circle, African Healing Drumming Circle and Empowerment Drumming Circle. Healings, lectures, vendors, food and drink. $10 entrance fee, 8 and younger free. 330-745-3998.

Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 8 a.m. Sunday. National Back to Church Sunday. The church is encouraging all members to return after summer vacation. 330-628-5554.

Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine — 2759 N. Lipkey Road, Jackson Township. 3 p.m. Sunday. The 17th annual pilgrimage in honor of Our Sorrowful Mother will begin with Anointing of the Sick, followed by confessions and Mass in Slovak. Dinner will follow. $15, under age 12, $6. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 330-782-9126.

Providence Baptist Church — 458 Madison Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. today. The church's nurses and ushers will have a brown-bag yard sale. Everything you can get in a bag costs $5. 330-253-3932.

St. Andrew Episcopal Church — 765 Thayer St., Akron. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Sept. 18. Rummage sale, includes household items, toys, books and more. Food available at lunch time both days.

St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church — 1233 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Welcome reception for the Rev. Richard S. McDuffie, new senior pastor, and his family. 330-864-3060.

St. Paul United Methodist Church — 2705 Sixth St. SW, Canton. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Swiss steak dinners resume. With mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, coleslaw or applesauce, beverage and dessert. Adults $8, children $4. Carryouts available. 330-456-7207.

Sharon Center United Methodist Church — 6407 Ridge Road, Sharon Township. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bread and Soup Supper. Free. There will be a discussion panel, Status of the Community, which will include visitors from various local organizations. At 11 a.m. Sept. 18, Loretta Koeth, a certified health instructor, will speak on Leading a Healthy Lifestyle. For more information on either event, call 330-239-1616.

Stow Community United Church of Christ — 1567 Pilgrim Drive. 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Prayer breakfast. Featured speaker will be the Rev. Charles Brown, president of the United Church of Christ United Black Christians and pastor of the Auburn United Church of Christ. Free. 330-688-8927.

Timothy Baptist Church — 923 E. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Flea market at the church. At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the church will celebrate its 43rd Women's Day. The Rev. Marion Hammond will be guest speaker. Refreshments served following the service.

Trinity United Church of Christ — 915 N. Main St., Akron. Anniversary service Sunday. The Rev. Paul Sherry will be preaching in celebration of the Rev. Carl Wallace's second anniversary at Trinity. 330-376-7186.

Zion Temple Baptist Church — 515 Ardella Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Outdoor Outreach, with praise dancers, drama teams, choirs, soloists and other activities. Also available for purchase are clothing and accessories, household items, food and refreshments. 330-760-0183.

Performances

Faith Foundation Church — Craftsman Park, 4450 Rex Lake Blvd., New Franklin. 6:30 tonight. The Rev. Kevin Baker and the Foundation Band will do a benefit concert for the Craftsman Park Project. Freewill offering. Concessions available. 330-608-8265.

Oak Hill Presbyterian Church — 2406 Ardwell Ave., Akron. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19. An encore performance of Music Extravaganza. It will feature the church's chancel choir, handbell choir and orchestra, along with several other ensembles and soloists. Refreshments in Fellowship Hall following the program. 330-784-2432.

St. Mark Lutheran Church — 158 North Ave., Tallmadge. 9:15 a.m. Sunday. The St. Mark Players are performing A Dirty Story for Seedy People. 330-633-3718.

Speakers, classes,
workshops

Faith Community Church of Canton — 4301 Cleveland Ave. NW, Plain Township. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26. One-day seminar The Making of America will outline the importance of faith in the nation's history. It will be presented by Randall McNeely from the National Center for Constitutional Studies. A catered sack lunch is available for $5 or bring your own. Tickets $15. 330-966-9049.

Kent State University Center for the Study of Information and Religion — Room 317, Kent Student Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark will speak on Shattering the Holy Hush: Harnessing Information and Technology to Enable Pastors and Churches to Respond to Domestic Violence in Their Communities. Free. 330-672-0003.


The deadline for Religion Notes items is noon Tuesday. Items must be in writing. Please fax information to 330-996-3033, e-mail it to religion@thebeaconjournal.com or send it to Religion, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron OH 44309.

A documentary about the Cantors Assembly's mission to Poland in 2009 will be shown at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Regal Montrose Stadium 12, 4020 Medina Road, Copley Township, and Regal Hudson Cinema 10, 5339 Darrow Road.

The film documents the cantors' concerts and their visits to historic sites in Poland, including the Nozyk synagogue (the only synagogue in Warsaw not destroyed by the Nazis). Their mission, as musical ambassadors, coincided with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

The Cantors Assembly is affiliated with the Conservative Movement of Judaism. Cantor Stephen Stein of Akron's Beth El Congregation is executive director.

The film, 100 Voices: A Journey Home, will premiere in 500 theaters nationwide. Locally, it will be shown one night only. Admission is $12.50 at http://www.fandango.com or $10 via the box office or Stein, by calling 330-864-8533.

In other religion news:

Events

Antioch Baptist Church — 670 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Adult choir's anniversary will be celebrated. Theme is Let's Go Back to the Old Time Way. Local singing groups and individuals will perform. Freewill offering. 330-762-3469.

Bethel Temple Assembly of God — 711 25th St., Canton. 8 to 9:30 p.m. tonight. A Prayer Gathering to Pray for Our Nation will take place. All are welcome to come and pray. There will be Bible readings every 20 minutes with a special prayer at 9:11 p.m. 330-454-3058.

Calvary Baptist Church — 820 White Pond Drive, Akron. 10 a.m. Sunday. Old Friends Day. All former members and friends are invited to come and worship and enjoy a covered-dish dinner.

The Chapel, Green Campus — 1800 Raber Road. 10 a.m. Friday. Abundant Living 55+ Christian fellowship and lunch in atrium. Guest speaker will be Ken Groves, comedy ventriloquist. Adults 55 and over welcome to attend. 330-315-5508.

Christ Is the Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 11 a.m. Sunday. Women's Day service. Sharon E. Martin is keynote speaker. 330-376-1869.

Crosspoint Alliance Church — 855 Rothrock Road, Copley Township. Fall Bible studies will feature five offerings for women: The Excellent Wife, starting Monday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and every other Monday; Reinventing Your Life, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; Digging for Diamonds, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; Calm My Anxious Heart, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; and Experiencing God, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. 330-666-1693.

Family Promise of Summit County — 77 W. Miller Ave., Akron. Fourth annual 100 Holes for the Homeless golf tournament, Sept. 27 at Prestwick Country Club, 2220 Raber Road, Green. 330-253-8081.

First United Methodist Church — 263 E. Mill St., Akron. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Spaghetti dinner, with salad, bread, beverage and dessert. $6, ages 3-12 $3. 330-376-8143.

First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Cub Scout Pack 3152 will have an open house for boys in grades first through fourth in Wesley Hall. 330-923-1347.

Green Family Worship Center — 4022 Cottage Grove Road, Green. 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 18. Spaghetti dinner, fundraiser for elevator. Includes roll, drink and dessert, $6. 330-899-0754.

Haven of Rest Ministries — 175 E. Market St., Akron. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19. Italian dinner fundraiser will be served in the mission's dining room. Adult meals $8, children's meal $4, under age 5 free. 330-535-1563.

Hill's Temple First Born Church — 799 S. Arlington St., Akron. 11 a.m. Sunday. Annual Homecoming services. Guest speaker will be the Rev. A. Knighton from Detroit. 330-773-2809.

Friendship Apostolic Church of Christ — 332 Trigonia Drive, Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Celebrating the church's 49th annual Homecoming. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Marc Neal of Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church — 270 E. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. Women's Day evening service. Speaker will be the Rev. Darlene Bishop of Solid Rock Church in Monroe. At 11 a.m. Sunday, the Women's Day morning service will feature the Rev. Cordelia Wallace of Brooklyn, N.Y. 330-864-6635.

Lake Anna Hall — 542 W. Park Ave., Barberton. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Day of Awakening. Includes Peruvian Shamanic Healing Drum Circle, African Healing Drumming Circle and Empowerment Drumming Circle. Healings, lectures, vendors, food and drink. $10 entrance fee, 8 and younger free. 330-745-3998.

Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 8 a.m. Sunday. National Back to Church Sunday. The church is encouraging all members to return after summer vacation. 330-628-5554.

Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine — 2759 N. Lipkey Road, Jackson Township. 3 p.m. Sunday. The 17th annual pilgrimage in honor of Our Sorrowful Mother will begin with Anointing of the Sick, followed by confessions and Mass in Slovak. Dinner will follow. $15, under age 12, $6. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 330-782-9126.

Providence Baptist Church — 458 Madison Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. today. The church's nurses and ushers will have a brown-bag yard sale. Everything you can get in a bag costs $5. 330-253-3932.

St. Andrew Episcopal Church — 765 Thayer St., Akron. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Sept. 18. Rummage sale, includes household items, toys, books and more. Food available at lunch time both days.

St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church — 1233 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Welcome reception for the Rev. Richard S. McDuffie, new senior pastor, and his family. 330-864-3060.

St. Paul United Methodist Church — 2705 Sixth St. SW, Canton. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Swiss steak dinners resume. With mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, coleslaw or applesauce, beverage and dessert. Adults $8, children $4. Carryouts available. 330-456-7207.

Sharon Center United Methodist Church — 6407 Ridge Road, Sharon Township. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bread and Soup Supper. Free. There will be a discussion panel, Status of the Community, which will include visitors from various local organizations. At 11 a.m. Sept. 18, Loretta Koeth, a certified health instructor, will speak on Leading a Healthy Lifestyle. For more information on either event, call 330-239-1616.

Stow Community United Church of Christ — 1567 Pilgrim Drive. 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Prayer breakfast. Featured speaker will be the Rev. Charles Brown, president of the United Church of Christ United Black Christians and pastor of the Auburn United Church of Christ. Free. 330-688-8927.

Timothy Baptist Church — 923 E. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Flea market at the church. At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the church will celebrate its 43rd Women's Day. The Rev. Marion Hammond will be guest speaker. Refreshments served following the service.

Trinity United Church of Christ — 915 N. Main St., Akron. Anniversary service Sunday. The Rev. Paul Sherry will be preaching in celebration of the Rev. Carl Wallace's second anniversary at Trinity. 330-376-7186.

Zion Temple Baptist Church — 515 Ardella Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Outdoor Outreach, with praise dancers, drama teams, choirs, soloists and other activities. Also available for purchase are clothing and accessories, household items, food and refreshments. 330-760-0183.

Performances

Faith Foundation Church — Craftsman Park, 4450 Rex Lake Blvd., New Franklin. 6:30 tonight. The Rev. Kevin Baker and the Foundation Band will do a benefit concert for the Craftsman Park Project. Freewill offering. Concessions available. 330-608-8265.

Oak Hill Presbyterian Church — 2406 Ardwell Ave., Akron. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19. An encore performance of Music Extravaganza. It will feature the church's chancel choir, handbell choir and orchestra, along with several other ensembles and soloists. Refreshments in Fellowship Hall following the program. 330-784-2432.

St. Mark Lutheran Church — 158 North Ave., Tallmadge. 9:15 a.m. Sunday. The St. Mark Players are performing A Dirty Story for Seedy People. 330-633-3718.

Speakers, classes,
workshops

Faith Community Church of Canton — 4301 Cleveland Ave. NW, Plain Township. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26. One-day seminar The Making of America will outline the importance of faith in the nation's history. It will be presented by Randall McNeely from the National Center for Constitutional Studies. A catered sack lunch is available for $5 or bring your own. Tickets $15. 330-966-9049.

Kent State University Center for the Study of Information and Religion — Room 317, Kent Student Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark will speak on Shattering the Holy Hush: Harnessing Information and Technology to Enable Pastors and Churches to Respond to Domestic Violence in Their Communities. Free. 330-672-0003.


The deadline for Religion Notes items is noon Tuesday. Items must be in writing. Please fax information to 330-996-3033, e-mail it to religion@thebeaconjournal.com or send it to Religion, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron OH 44309.

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Movie Review: Hoffman's good vibe in 'Jack Goes Boating' - Jefferson City News Tribune Online

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 04:13 AM PDT

Directorial debuts by actors are sometimes scene-chewing, ego-stroking exercises. Philip Seymour Hoffman's "Jack Goes Boating," so refreshingly bereft of those qualities, is more content with humility and authenticity.

The film opens with an overhead shot of Jack -- overweight, unshaven and not appearing to possess anything like "gusto" -- in bed. The threat of bedridden depression is never far from "Jack Goes Boating," but the film -- and Jack -- is propelled forward. Inertia gives way to self-improvement, love and, yes, reggae.

Quiet and stuttering, Jack is a limo driver with the goal of landing a job with the MTA. (One man's dream is another man's nightmare.) He also loves reggae; he listens to "Rivers of Babylon" constantly on headphones and in his car. The sunny song is a stark contrast to the New York winter of the film and Jack's less than jubilant life.

"Would you consider yourself a Rasta-man?" sarcastically asks his fellow driver and best friend, Clyde (John Oritz).

It turns out to be a reasonable question. Jack's blond knots may be a poor attempt at dreadlocks, but those around him gradually realize he has a way of inspiring good vibes.

Clyde, confident and sensitive at once, is married to Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), who has built herself a tougher front. Years of marriage and infidelity have drained their relationship. They're coming apart at the seams from jealousy and distrust.

They set up Jack with a colleague of Lucy's, Connie (Amy Ryan), from the funeral home she works at. They assure him a dinner party of the four of them won't be awkward: "We'll just order something," they tell him over and over.

Against the odds, Jack and Connie hit it off. Further dates, though, bring more anxiety. When Connie suggests dinner, Jack devotes himself to weeks of cooking training. When she says they should go for a boat ride in the summer, he quickly sets about learning to swim.

Clyde, the kind of devoted friend anyone would want, gives Jack swimming lessons at the local YMCA. Marching along the pool, he cheers Jack on. Under water, his wide-eye, goggled face is pure hope. The film's best scenes are here; in chlorine-filled waters, Jack learns to fly.

But "Jack Goes Boating" -- an ancestor of Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" -- is no simple love story. While Jack and Connie are building a new relationship, Lucy and Clyde are falling apart after years together. There's no judgment here: Love is hard and things can sour.

The film is based on the play by the same name by Bob Glaudini. Its Broadway run -- which starred Hoffman, Ortiz and Rubin-Vega -- was produced by LAByrinth Theater Company, for which Hoffman and Ortiz were artistic directors.

It comes as little surprise that Hoffman would know how to capture a good performance, and those of "Jack Goes Boating" are incredibly full. Ortiz and Rubin-Vega ("Rent"), both well-respected theater actors, are excellent. Ortiz, in particular, vacillates between hope and self-destruction with remarkable bipolar truthfulness.

Hoffman reveals Jack the sad sack to be an odd, inarticulate Buddha, willing to put in the work it takes for growth. Except for the climactic scene, his direction rarely feels stage-y.

"Jack Goes Boating" contains none of the easy, syncopated lilt of a reggae tune, but it moves to the awkward beat of life. Reespek, mon.

"Jack Goes Boating," an Overture Films release, is rated R for language, drug use and some sexual content. Running time: 90 minutes. Three stars out of four.

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