Browsing all articles from August, 2015.

Paul Weitz and Sam Elliott Deliver American Movie Scene of the Year in Grandma

Paul Weitz and Sam Elliott Deliver American Movie Scene of the Year in Grandma 

Of the many pleasures writer/director Paul Weitz delivers in his terrific new movie, Grandma, starring a Lily Tomlin in a performance for the ages as a broke, lesbian poetess reconciling her past after her eighteen-year-old granddaughter shows up seeking help with an abortion, is a stunning centerpiece scene between Tomlin’s irascible matriarch and her jilted […]

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John Erick and Drew Dowdle Explore Everyman as Family Hero in Survival Allegory No Escape

John Erick and Drew Dowdle Explore Everyman as Family Hero in Survival Allegory No Escape 

What does it mean to be truly tested?  Perhaps what scares you may be the only way to find out, a familiar theme for filmmakers John Erick and Drew Dowdle, the successful brother act who have delivered an impressive slate of horror pictures including 2010’s M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil and last year’s high-bar, stylishly creepy […]

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Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke Illuminate Friendship Between Women in Screwball Mistress America

Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke Illuminate Friendship Between Women in Screwball Mistress America 

The pleasure of meeting Greta Gerwig is all about energy. Her energy, that is. Just sitting casually across from you on a sofa, as she is today with me during a chat at Chicago’s Park Hyatt hotel, the screenwriter and actress radiates a sort of eccentric endearment. There’s a quicksilver wit to everything she says, […]

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Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton 

* * * * The exhilaration of Straight Outta Compton, one of the year’s best movies, is that of a good story, well-told with vivid performances and a stirring, contemporary sociopolitical context. Charting the rise, fall and rise of seminal hip hop forerunners N.W.A., director F. Gary Gray has fashioned the most involving biopic in […]

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