By Owen Gleiberman
Updated November 21, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST
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Starting Out in the Evening

type
  • Movie

As Leonard Schiller, a once-revered, now quasi-forgotten literary lion of the Upper West Side, Frank Langella gives a performance that is so layered with mourning and wit and experience that, for once, an acting-showcase movie lives up to its promise. Schiller is measuring out his life in typewriter strokes when a brilliant, adoring graduate student (Lauren Ambrose) enters his world. Their relationship flirts with sex, but it’s so much more. Andrew Wagner has made a lovely comedy of death and rebirth. A-

Starting Out in the Evening

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 111 minutes
director
  • Andrew Wagner

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