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ASHBY | In her first semi-serious role Sarah Silverman gives a great performance

Mickey Rourke as a former CIA assassin ...
Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff and Emma Roberts
Directed by Tony McNamara

One of the great things about smaller independent films is that the freedom they explore in not getting pigeon-holed into one specific genre. As the recently-passed Tribeca Festival caters to the independents it follows that they reap the benefits of this formula. Case in point is one of the festival’s better selections this year ASHBY which combines drama, comedy (or dark comedy) sprinkled with a ... more >

The Wrestler

The passion of the ram
Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Using unorthodox strangleholds, filmmakers have long wrestled with the figure of Christ. Few achieve the full body slam as strangely as The Wrestler, an outstanding tag-team combo of professional wrestling, Rocky, and The Passion of the Christ. Robert Bresson presented Christ as a mule in 1966’s Au Hasard Balthasar. Here, Darren Aronofsky presents the Savior as a Ram – Randy “Ram” Robinson (a ... more >