BERNIE Di­rected by Richard Lin­klater. Star­ring Jack Black Shirley Maclaine, Matthew Mcconaughey

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Lin­klater’s 17th fea­ture stars Jack Black (never bet­ter) as the twin­kling bach­e­lor mor­ti­cian of the ti­tle. Bernie’s ded­i­ca­tion to his craft and his old-fash­ioned south­ern gen­tle­man man­ners brings no lit­tle de­light to the older women and wi­d­ows of Carthage, Texas. En­ter the Dragon Lady in the men­ac­ing form of Mar­jorie (MacLaine), a de­mand­ing mil­lion­airess who treats Bernie with the same con­tempt she lav­ishes on ev­ery­body else. We’re as sur­prised as the cur­tain-twitch­ing towns­folk when Mar­jorie and Bernie be­come some­thing of an item; we’re even more sur­prised by what hap­pens next. 12A cert, lim re­lease, 99 min

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