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Aug 10, 2022

Thieves Like Us: Bad girl Aubrey Plaza hits her stride as ‘Emily the Criminal’

A few of us have known someone like Emily, the protagonist of Emily the Criminal—usually for a very short time. That’s because our heroine,...
Aug 3, 2022

Almost Grown: Coming of age is no picnic in Lena Dunham’s ‘Sharp Stick’

Let’s talk about Lena Dunham. Tiny Furniture (2010)---which she wrote, directed and starred in—set the bar for ultra-indie explorations of the lives of women,...
Jul 27, 2022

You’re So Vain: What’s okay about ‘Not Okay?’ Plenty.

It’s a shame we don’t have more sharp-fanged communications-biz character studies like Quinn Shephard’s Not Okay. Too many would-be satires aim for easy political...
Jul 20, 2022

Hee Haw!: ‘My Donkey, My Lover & I’ passes the ‘Make It French’ test

When it comes to curious mental games that critics sometimes play, one of the most entertaining is “Make It French.” It works like this:...
Jul 13, 2022

Un-Bridaled: ‘The Silent Party’ happened in Argentina. Don’t let it happen here.

On the way to their wedding in the countryside, the prospective bride and groom can’t seem to stop arguing with each other. Uh-oh. Then there’s...
Jul 6, 2022

A Woman’s View: The work of legendary actor-director Tanaka Kinuyo lights up BAMPFA

Admirers of classical Japanese cinema are undoubtedly well aware of actor Tanaka Kinuyo (we’ll follow the Japanese style, family name first, for all proper...
Jun 29, 2022

Plastered in Paris: Ridicule, snobbery and ‘Lost Illusions’ in Balzac’s uproarious 19th-century Paris

The setting is France in the early 19th century. Young Lucien Chardon, a classic ink-stained wretch addicted to writing poetry and working in printers’...
Jun 22, 2022

All Shook Up: ‘Elvis’ is almost as discombobulated as the man himself. But it...

The summer’s most anticipated “delayed by COVID” movie has arrived. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is big, glossy, rollicking, intermittently entertaining and easy to figure out....
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