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Screen­writer and di­rec­tor Char­lie Kauf­man’s adult­themed an­i­mated fea­ture takes place over the course of a sin­gle night and tells the story of Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis), au­thor of a book on cus­tomer ser­vice, and the brief af­fair he has with Lisa Hes­sel­man (voiced Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh), a shy, self-dep­re­cat­ing fan he meets at a ho­tel the night be­fore de­liv­er­ing a con­fer­ence talk. The rest of the char­ac­ters are voiced by Tom Noo­nan. The ti­tle is a cross be­tween “anom­aly” and “Lisa,” and the film is an anom­aly it­self, an un­der­stated, funny, and ul­ti­mately tragic emo­tional drama that’s in line with the themes of Kauf­man’s ear­lier films ( Synec­doche, New York; Eter­nal Sun­shine of the Spot­less Mind) but not their mind-bend­ing story lines.

Rated R. 90 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Michael Abatemarco)


The life of in­com­pa­ra­ble singer, song­writer, and pi­anist Nina Si­mone is ex­haus­tively ex­plored in this doc­u­men­tary, with a fo­cus on her role in the civil-rights move­ment. The film paints her as an artist full of pas­sion and

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