Lauren Ambrose, Starting Out in the Evening

Starting Out in the Evening

Genre: Drama; Starring: Lauren Ambrose, Frank Langella, Lili Taylor; Director: Andrew Wagner; Author: Fred Parnes, Andrew Wagner; Runtime (in minutes): 111; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Roadside Attractions

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-

Originally posted November 21 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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