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An intellectual tonic filled with pleasurable mysteries: “I’m thinking of ending things” (REVIEW)

From the director of "Synecdoche, New York"
Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley and Toni Collette
Directed by Charlie Kaufman

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” This Oscar Wilde quote, spoken by a character in the new film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” is the perfect key to help viewers unlock its many thematic mysteries. By this film’s end, you will certainly have questions. You will be confused and perplexed and possibly ... more >

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TALKING with Lisa Cholodenko and Susannah Grant of “Unbelievable,” which premieres tomorrow on Netflix

Making sense of the trauma of rape in a post-truth world

Marie Adler’s story about an intruder raping her in the middle of the night seemed incredible. So impossible, in fact, that she later retracted her story, earning her the enmity of police, her friends and the entire community. The thing was, Marie wasn’t lying. The teen had, in fact, been violated in her own home by a man who bound her and took photos of her body amidst hours of torture. But so ... more >

ENOUGH SAID

Gandolfini's last picture show
James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Toni Collette
Directed by Nicole Holofcener

“Enough Said” will be fondly remembered as the late James Gandolfini’s final film, not to mention the one that most accurately depicted his real-life gentle giant nature. But it also marks the first starring/dramatic film role for TV comedy queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine, HBO's Veep), who (a few too many face-crinkling tics aside) proves herself capable of carrying ... more >