Archives for October 2014

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GONE GIRL beset by technical goofs

Film was co-produced by Reese Witherspoon
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike
Directed by David Fincher

It would be ungracious to deny that David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” lengthy as it is, whizzes past, keeping us highly entertained throughout. I haven’t read the book on which it is based so I don’t know if the structural change that has apparently caused an uproar is for the better or not. Anyway, both book and screenplay are by the same author so she’s entitled to doing what she wants with ... more >

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ON OUR RADAR | The heart machine

Written and directed by Zachary Wigon and starring John Gallagher, Jr., (HBO's "The Newsroom," "Short Term 12") as Cody and Kate Lyn Sheil ("House of Cards," "You're Next") as Virginia "The heart machine" tracks two parallel journeys that show how digital media can complicate modern love. We're meant to explore the evolving relationship between physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the ... more >

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Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola reunite for Christmas musical

It was just announced that Bill Murray will reunite with his "Lost in Translation" director Sofia Coppola for a carol-singing Christmas TV special. Not much is available in the way of details but the actor told Variety, “we’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music.” Adding that “it’s not going to be live”, Murray suggested, cryptically: “It ... more >

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY

This marks Hossein Amini's directorial debut
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Stewart
Directed by Hossein Amini

It’s always a nice surprise when a film panned by critics turns out to be quite enjoyable. Such is Hossein Amini’s “The Two Faces of January,” both a crisp thriller based on a Patricia Highsmith novel and a period piece set in Athens and Crete in the sixties. The story is that of a wealthy American couple taking in the sights, people dull enough until we realize that Chester MacFarland (Viggo ... more >

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Men, Women & Children

[Paramount Pictures]
Kaitlyn Dever, Ansel Elgort and Jennifer Garner
Directed by Jason Reitman

A history lesson from a history teacher in Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children:” the Sept. 11 attacks and Pearl Harbor are the only times that America has been attacked on home soil. This must come as very good news to James Madison, who didn’t need to flee the White House before the British burned it two-hundred years ago, because apparently that didn’t happen. With movies about ... more >