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Men, Mid-Life, Melancholy: Danny Boyle on the Bittersweet Irreverence of T2: Trainspotting

Men, Mid-Life, Melancholy: Danny Boyle on the Bittersweet Irreverence of T2: Trainspotting 

Danny Boyle, the celebrated British filmmaker who won the Oscar for 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, makes pictures—notably Shallow Grave, 28 Days Later, The Beach, 127 Hours and Steve Jobs—that are visual and aural tapestries of throbbing momentum, precisely shot, edited and scored, aces at seizing an audience, whether saving the world from a global pandemic, saving […]

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Fair Play to Those Who Dare to Dream: La La Land Director Damien Chazelle and Star Rosemarie Dewitt on Courage of Artists, Lovers

Fair Play to Those Who Dare to Dream: La La Land Director Damien Chazelle and Star Rosemarie Dewitt on Courage of Artists, Lovers 

In a bravura act of movie invention, filmmaker Damien Chazelle has fashioned a throwback that’s also contemporary; a musical that is intensely dramatic; a love story of élan and heartbreak; and one of the best-ever movie love letters to starry-eyed, pure of heart struggling artists who learn about the courage—and sacrifices—needed to make it to […]

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Hailee Steinfeld on The Edge of Seventeen and Brink of Big Hollywood Career

Hailee Steinfeld on The Edge of Seventeen and Brink of Big Hollywood Career 

Full disclosure—movie and pop star Hailee Steinfeld makes me feel like a teenage girl in all the best ways, not least because she can turn a pop song inside out with fully felt vocals and a music video persona sincere enough to let you know she means it. She does the same in the movies, […]

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‘If I didn’t love him, who would?’ Star Stephen Lang on the Method, and Madness, of ‘Don’t Breathe’ Character

‘If I didn’t love him, who would?’ Star Stephen Lang on the Method, and Madness, of ‘Don’t Breathe’ Character 

As a disabled, Detroit Army vet beset upon by a trio of young burglars in Don’t Breathe, star Stephen Lang gives a maniacal performance, deftly balancing the physical with the cerebral. In the visceral thriller directed by Fede Alvarez (The Evil Dead), a reclusive Lang nurses scars of loss while sitting on a pile of […]

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Seriously, Funny: Simon Helberg on Endearing Lunacy of Breakout Florence Foster Jenkins Performance

Seriously, Funny: Simon Helberg on Endearing Lunacy of Breakout Florence Foster Jenkins Performance 

The idea of playing Meryl Streep’s right-hand man in any movie must be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you get to work with the best; the other, try not to be eclipsed when she gives a performance as wonderful as her comically tone-deaf songstress in Stephen Frears’ lovely new Florence Foster […]

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Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon Chart Loss of Innocence, American Promise in Powerful Indignation

Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon Chart Loss of Innocence, American Promise in Powerful Indignation 

Young stars Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon create a palpable, doomed love in James Schamus’ superb screen adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2008 novel Indignation, and when I sat down with them recently in a bustling Chicago restaurant, they pretty much put me into the same g-force freefall we feel for them in the film. We […]

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Everybody Wants Some!! Tyler Hoechlin, Will Brittain and Blake Jenner Come of Age on Richard Linklater’s Bromantic Throwback

Everybody Wants Some!! Tyler Hoechlin, Will Brittain and Blake Jenner Come of Age on Richard Linklater’s Bromantic Throwback 

Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater’s ode to brotherly love circa 1980 Southeast Teas State University, is a sex comedy, rite of passage, gentle love story and a movie that tries to get at the core of both bromance and romance about what it means to be young. Billed as a “spiritual sequel” to Linklater’s 1993 […]

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Once, She Had a Secret Love: Filmmaker Todd Haynes on Carol’s Gorgeously Realized, Slow Burn Romance

Once, She Had a Secret Love: Filmmaker Todd Haynes on Carol’s Gorgeously Realized, Slow Burn Romance 

Filmmaker Todd Haynes is one of the few contemporary American auteurs, and inarguably the least celebrated.  Of that finite club, it may be true that Haynes is the most eclectic, artistic and perhaps even visionary. His low profile should change with his new picture, Carol, a gorgeously evocative, slow burn amour fou between a wealthy […]

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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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