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    Watch the trailer for TIFF 2015 opener ‘Demolition’

    With the Toronto International Film Festival only days away, it’s about time that we get a glimpse at the film that will serve as the festival’s opener. Director Jean-Marc Vallee, after his critical success with Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, is back with his new film Demolition that finally had its first trailer released today. Vallee is once again […] More

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    See the first trailer for ‘About Ray’, a transgender drama starring Elle Fanning

    Despite her relatively young age, actress Elle Fanning has already become a veteran of the big screen, having already worked onscreen with the likes of Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett, Bruce Dern, Kyle Chandler, and Michael Shannon. Her next film sees Fanning continue that run, as her co-stars include Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon. Titled About […] More

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    Clunky script limits ‘While We’re Young’ to feel-good fable

    Though well-acted and capably directed, the heavy-handedness of Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young makes it one of his lesser efforts. Baumbach tries to anticipate the impending clash between Gen X bitterness and Millennial entitlement, but the execution feels uncomfortably Braff-ish. You’ll probably leave the theater smiling, but we’ve come to expect something a little more substantial from an observant filmmaker like Baumbach. More

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    Noah Baumbach explores the trouble of being 45 and 25 in ‘While We’re Young’

    Noah Baumbach’s last few films have been about protagonists doing nothing, or at least trying to give the illusion of doing something. Ben Stiller’s Greenberg said as much, even while slowly building a doghouse for his brother. Greta Gerwig’s Frances Halloway was a professional dancer who didn’t dance to the point that it made her “undateable”. Baumbach’s latest film While We’re Young is about yet another form of stagnation: middle age. A married couple of forty-somethings encounter a married couple of twenty-somethings, and that illusion that they’re doing everything they’re meant to be doing at this age quickly fades away. More

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    The Definitive Movies of 1995

    40. Empire Records Directed by: Allan Moyle Ah, the coming-of-age story. There was no sub-genre more hijacked for a quick buck in the 1990’s. In between the good ones (“Dazed and Confused,” “Boyz in the Hood”), the cheesy ones (“She’s All That,” “She Drives Me Crazy”), and the under-appreciated ones (“The Man in the Moon,” […] More

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    Screen Actors Guild Awards recognize ‘Birdman’, ‘Boyhood’, ‘Modern Family’

    The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations were revealed Wednesday morning, serving as yet another precursor on the long road to the Oscars. In the film categories, Birdman was the big winner, scoring four nominations, including for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, as well as the collective ensemble cast. Boyhood followed right […] More

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    Watch the trailer for Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’

    Following some warm praise by SOS critics at both this year’s Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival, Noah Baumbach reteams with his Greenberg star Ben Stiller and Frances Ha‘s Adam Driver for his latest film While We’re Young. Stiller stars as a filmmaker who befriends a pair of 20-something hipsters (a hilarious looking […] More

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    ‘Birdman’ soars high with stellar performances and brazen cinematography

    The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. More

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    ‘St. Vincent’ is irredeemable

    St. Vincent Written & Directed by Theodore Melfi USA, 2014   You know you have star power when an entire theater sits through the end credits just to watch you water a potted plant.  Such is our national obsession with Bill Murray.  Whether it’s a raised eyebrow or an awkward pause, you’re just waiting for […] More

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    NYFF 2014: Grandeur Delusions – ‘Birdman’

    His use of natural lighting, the gorgeous compositions he creates often on the fly, those long takes. This is what we talk about when we talk about Emmanuel Lubezki, the Mexican cinematographer responsible for such arresting imagery in the films of Terrence Malick (The New World, The Tree of Life, To the Wonder), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y tu mamá también, Gravity), the Brothers Coen (Burn After Reading), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Anna”, a short in the anthology To Each His Own Cinema). He is the only cinematographer in recent memory, possibly next to Roger Deakins, that pushes the form to its limits and has name recognition for such. The naturalistic beauty of The Tree of Life was nothing compared to the – wait for it – physics-defying work in Gravity. And here he is again, using a simulated long take for Iñárritu’s Birdman. “But isn’t it just a gimmick?”, you might ask. Well, yes. And that’s probably the point. More

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