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Are You Here

Are You Here

Matthew Weiner has written or co-written a dozen episodes of The Sopranos and dozens more of his own creation Mad Men, seven of which he also Read More

Land Ho!

Land Ho!

Aaron Katz, director of mumblecore-ish twentysomething chronicles Quiet City (basically a less chatty Before Sunrise set in Brooklyn) and Cold Weather (basically Brick or Nancy Drew after Read More

Third Person

Third Person

Winning Academy Awards for producing and writing Crash may have ultimately done more harm than good to Paul Haggis’s reputation. Just as well-respected movies like Shakespeare Read More

The Signal

The Signal

The Signal begins, excitingly and promisingly, by pulling together odd little movie subgenres. It’s sort of a road movie, as Nic (Brenton Thwaites) and his best Read More

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Emma Roberts plays a high school senior in Palo Alto. Within the context of the movie, she’s convincing, containing multitudes: her April is insecure about her Read More

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars, the movie, is not really a movie. It nonetheless has plenty of things that many actual movies selfishly neglect: it’s got a beginning, middle, Read More

Adult World

Adult World

With most mainstream American movies remaining squeamish about sex, indies are supposed to pick up the slack with unafraid frankness. In the pitiable world of indie Read More

Endless Love

Endless Love

I have not read Scott Spencer’s novel Endless Love, nor seen the 1981 film version starring Brooke Shields. From what I gather, the 2014 film based Read More

47 Ronin

47 Ronin

47 Ronin takes place in a fantasy version of 18th-century Japan located, per the movie’s opening zoom, somewhere on the Universal Studios logo. The story comes Read More

Nebraska

Nebraska

Alexander Payne has become a master of a very specific, borderline nonexistent subgenre: the road movie that doesn’t move. About Schmidt centers on a road trip Read More

Bad Milo!

Bad Milo!

Few movies feel as strained as those that consider themselves cult classics in the making, drunk on the suspicion that a certain audience will embrace their Read More

Enough Said

Enough Said

On its own, the premise of Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said could fit snugly into a sitcom episode. Divorced masseuse Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) goes to a party Read More

Stuck in Love

Stuck in Love

What is it about movies about writers that so easily rankles? The easy answer is that they’re a film critic’s bugaboo, claiming expertise in an area Read More