In the Beginning, Electronica: Sven Hansen-Løve and Félix de Givry Find, and Exit Eden in Personal Story of a Musical Life
Great (Adam) Scott: The Overnight Star Takes on Male Ego and Marital Identity in Uproarious Sex Comedy
Terminator: Genisys
Samba
“I Want to Shock Myself” – Actress Rebecca Ferguson’s Mission, Chosen and Accepted, as Movie Star and Mom
International Star Omar Sy on Immigrant Tale Samba, the Call of Hollywood and Finding Humor in Tough Times

International Star Omar Sy on Immigrant Tale Samba, the Call of Hollywood and Finding Humor in Tough Times

International Star Omar Sy on Immigrant Tale Samba, the Call of Hollywood and Finding Humor in Tough Times 

The lost art of screen presence has not been lost on France’s biggest star, Omar Sy, the charismatic movie star who won the Cesar for his moving work in 2011’s The Intouchables and returns this month as Samba, a down-on-his-luck, undocumented Senegalese immigrant living in Paris and facing deportation. Like his award-winning earlier turn, Samba‘s […]

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“I Want to Shock Myself” – Actress Rebecca Ferguson’s Movie Star Mission, Chosen and Accepted

“I Want to Shock Myself” – Actress Rebecca Ferguson’s Movie Star Mission, Chosen and Accepted 

The first thing you notice upon meeting Rebecca Ferguson, the Golden Globe-nominated actress currently starring with Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,  is how exquisitely poised she is—perfect hair, eyes, skin, posture and near-melodious greeting. But as soon as I inform her that I am her last interview of the day, she’s suddenly almost […]

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Samba

Samba 

* * 1/2 Samba, the good-hearted story of a Senegalese immigrant in Paris fighting deportation, is a sum of its parts picture. Written and directed by the French duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano from the novel Samba pour la France by Delphine Coulin, it’s a movie that means so well you feel half-bad for […]

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Teriminator: Genisys

Teriminator: Genisys 

* If any remaining proof of Hollywood’s creative bankruptcy should be required, the more-is-less Terminator: Genisys should put the issue to bed once and for all. An all-out assault on both the senses and storytelling, this overblown mess of a movie appropriates entire chunks of James Cameron’s 1984 classic before collapsing on itself with Escher-esque […]

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The Overnight

The Overnight 

* * * A  good-natured sex farce about the insecure male ego and flirting with marital experimentation, The Overnight is a cheerfully raunchy ode to ennui and swinging that is revolutionary in its own small ways.  Light as a feather but no less enjoyable—actually quite enjoyable—this broad roundelay is the smartest crude comedy in a […]

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Great (Adam) Scott: The Overnight Star Takes on Male Ego and Marital Identity in Uproarious Sex Comedy

Great (Adam) Scott: The Overnight Star Takes on Male Ego and Marital Identity in Uproarious Sex Comedy 

Adam Scott, the affably winning charmer of the hit series Parks and Recreation, has spent over twenty years in the movie business etching sharp funnymen in pictures like Knocked Up and Step Brothers and compelling everymen in more serious outings like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Friends with Kids, among others. With fifty-five […]

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In the Beginning, Electronica: Sven Hansen-Løve and Félix de Givry Find, and Exit Eden in Personal Story of a Musical Life

In the Beginning, Electronica: Sven Hansen-Løve and Félix de Givry Find, and Exit Eden in Personal Story of a Musical Life 

What is the price of sleepwalking through your own life, as years pass, friends move on, other people grow up and plant roots—and you don’t?  Filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden is at once an exhilarating illumination of youth culture and a serious examination of a life half—or less than half—lived, a portrait of the artist as […]

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Insidious: Chapter 3

Insidious: Chapter 3 

* * * The latest entry in the haunted family saga of otherworldly entities and vengeful spirits, Insidious: Chapter 3 is notable for one reason, and a good one—veteran character actress Lin Shaye as reticent medium Elise Rainier.  If awards were given for performances in genre films—and they should be—Shaye would clean up. Toiling for […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road 

* * * 1/2 The most imaginative and directorially accomplished movie of the year, Mad Max: Fury Road is a hell of a vision from director George Miller, 70 and at the peak of his powers, upending the action genre by delivering an antithetical, feminist war cry that takes off like a shot and sustains […]

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Aging, Acting and Identity: International Filmmaker Olivier Assayas Ruminates on Celebrity, Self-Reflection in Haunting Clouds of Sils Maria

Aging, Acting and Identity: International Filmmaker Olivier Assayas Ruminates on Celebrity, Self-Reflection in Haunting Clouds of Sils Maria 

Olivier Assayas, the prolific French screenwriter, director and film critic whose movies include the stylish film-within-a-film Irma Vep (1996), the prophetic global business shocker Demonlover (2002), the bittersweet family drama Summer Hours (2008) and the large-scale Venezuelan terrorist thriller Carlos (2010), is nothing if not daring and diverse, a latter-day New Wave heir and director […]

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