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Mississippi Grind

0 Comments · Thursday, October 1, 2015
Having met while studying together at New York University, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck seemingly enjoy their status as multi-hyphenate indie filmmakers — from their feature run with Half Nelson to Sugar, before attracting greater attention and recognizable stars on It’s Kind of a Funny Story and now Mississippi Grind — never straying too far from their gritty roots, which always linger around the edges of the frames.  


0 Comments · Thursday, October 1, 2015
Curiously, this dramatic romantic mystery from director Mikael Håfström (The Rite and Escape Plan) and screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive and 47 Ronin) wallowed on the shelf for years before getting this delayed release in theaters.  

Sleeping with Other People

0 Comments · Thursday, October 1, 2015
Coming on the heels of Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, writer-director Leslye Headland’s Sleeping With Other People comes across like the sly, slutty younger cousin defiantly sashaying on the other side of the street, but still clocking what’s going on in the spotlight.  

Time Out of Mind

0 Comments · Thursday, October 1, 2015
Director Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind has suffered a fate similar to its protagonist George (Richard Gere), a homeless man who, after wandering the streets, seeks refuge at a Manhattan intake center.   

‘Sicario’ Brings Us Face-to-Face with the Void

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is in over her head. A tactical FBI agent with a solid record, the willingness to take the kill-shot without hesitation and no life outside work to speak of, Macer is the perfect audience stand-in in Sicario, the latest journey into the heart of darkness masterminded by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve.

Goodnight Mommy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The screenwriting and directing duo of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz has concocted a diabolical hybrid — a movie that taps into the current indie horror fascination with real slow-building chills, rather than a slavish adherence to the trend of the moment, found footage, which thankfully is exiting the frame, but with formal filmmaking nods to the psychology of evil that we’ve seen in the recent works of Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon, Funny Games).   

Hotel Transylvania 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
As a parent in the early 2000s, I have fond memories of Genndy Tartakovsky’s cartoons.   

The Intern

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The upscale urban chic of Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) will be on full-display in The Intern, her latest comedy, but this time, the trick is that she’s not focusing on romantic entanglements.   

Pawn Sacrifice

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The ultimate chess match, between America’s troubled prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and the Russian champion Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), spilled over into the geopolitical realm, since the two masters faced off during the Cold War between the two global superpowers.  

The Second Mother

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Class warfare and parenting debates dominate Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert’s new film, The Second Mother. Val (Regina Casé), a hardworking nanny in São Paulo, laments having to leave her own daughter in a remote part of Brazil with relatives in order to make a good living.