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Seattle-based actor Matt Smith isn't widely acclaimed outside the area, though his credits are more diverse and sophisticated than many better-known performers. An improv comedian and educator, he has also scored bit parts in "Spider-Man" and "Sleepless in Seattle," performed on the now-defunct local sketch comedy show "Almost Live!" and works as an auctioneer. But there is likely no better introduction to his work than "My Last Year with the Nuns," director Bret Fetzer's stimulating adaptation of Smith's 1997 one-man-show, which recounts Smith's experiences "a white 13-year-old boy in Seattle, Wash. in 1966," as an opening title card puts it. However, race is just one ingredient that plays a role in forming the subtext of this alternately gentle and raunchy paean to Smith's childhood memories, which unfold across the Capitol Hill neighborhood where he grew up. "My Last Year with Nuns" magnifies Smith's appeal. With his folksy delivery belied by naughty asides and eyes that bulge. »

- Eric Kohn

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