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MISTRESS AMERICA

Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke and Heather Lind
Directed by Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig who gave us the wondrous FRANCES HA are back with MISTRESS AMERICA The two, partners in life as in art, wrote the script together. Baumbach directs and Gerwig acts. Given its creators it’s unfair but inevitable to compare this film to the previous one. All the qualities that were there are here, including superb acting and hilarious script with a serious permanent ... more >

The end of the tour

The end of the tour

Imagine the greatest conversation you've ever had
Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg and Joan Cusack
Directed by James Ponsoldt

David Foster Wallace is the much-celebrated author of the one thousand-page plus novel “Infinite Jest.” Not an easy read. But then, neither is “Ulysses,” or “Gravity’s Rainbow,” George Perec’s “Life: a User’s Manual” nor any number of boundary-blowing, epoch-making masterpieces that we crack open from time to time and know we will read some day. “Infinite Jest” I’d already given up on and picked ... more >

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TRAINWRECK, where monogamy is under(over?)rated

Time to clean up your act? But how?
Amy Schumer, LeBron James and Bill Hader
Directed by Judd Apatow

Amy (Amy Schumer) is a single girl living the life in Manhattan. Well trained into shunning monogamy by her offensive, lovable father (Colin Quinn) who a couple of decades ago abandoned Amy, her sister Kim and their mother, she works at a sleazy men’s magazine by day and is into some serious bed-hopping at night. She uses men as one does tissues, rumpling them into a ball and tossing them in a ... more >

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THE IMITATION GAME, a bravura performance, an offering to the Oscars Gods

$7M: that's how much Weinstein paid for the rights to distribute the film
Alexandre Desplat composed the film's score in under three weeks
Directed by Morten Tydlum

Alan Turing was a complex man, a mathematical genius who broke the seemingly unbreakable Enigma code through which the Nazis conducted their war on Europe with encrypted messages. Before that he was a highly gifted student at a public school, years marked by endless bullying and the awakening of homosexual tendencies. At a very young age, he becomes a Fellow at Cambridge University where he ... more >

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Opportunities missed in Ava DuVernay’s retelling of “Selma” events

Equality may be the law, it's far from being the rule
David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson and Carmen Ejogo
Directed by Ava DuVernay

The public has been relatively kind to director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” though this recounting of an extraordinary moment in our country’s march toward civil rights is bloated and inaccurate. Which may explain, rather than some anti African-American conspiracy, why it was spurned for the Academy Awards nomination. Martin Luther King, here played superbly by David Oyelowo, is the closest anyone ... more >

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Big Eyes

Women don't count for much--or so we're told
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz
Directed by Richard Burton

A no-fail winning combination in film would be great actors+great director+good story. You think ? Not necessarily. Hollywood dustbins are filled with disappointing films made according to this very combination. Still, Tim Burton bringing together Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in a true tale involving a kitsch painter and a charming con artist, with the backdrop of fifties and sixties San ... more >

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NIGHT CRAWLER, first film and this thriller is a massive success

It's ninja-style TV reporting
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo
Directed by Dan Gilroy

Dan Gilroy’s first feature film, “Night Crawler,” is a rare treat, a perfect thriller, a soufflé that rises as it should and keeps its superlatively fluffy texture from minute one to minute 117. But you stand warned, this film about a sleazy, nasty loser-drifter who has watched one too many TED talk about how to be wildly successful will not be as easy to digest. Jake Gyllenhaal, skinny, driven, ... more >