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“For the YSL woman, a tuxedo spells defiance… She’s more than a man’s equal, she’s his adversary.” “Yves Saint Laurent,” the latest film from Jalil Lespert, depicts the life and impact of the infamous namesake designer and that of his romantic and professional partner, Pierre Bergé, who narrates. The film works from the assumption that the audience knows a great deal about Saint Laurent, which leaves several ... Read More
Opens today in theaters! The elevator pitch for Obvious Child is startlingly simple: Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), a 20-something comedian nursing a broken heart, has a drunken one-night stand with a stranger, gets knocked up, and has an abortion. The end. But the experience of watching the film is much more than the sum of its parts. Carrying the distinction of being one of the first ever pro-choice comedies, Obvious Child—which was a Sundance favorite—is also ... Read More
I have been staring at an open Word document since late Friday evening after I sat in a sold-out theater and watched my New Favorite Film unfold before me, trying to put into words what about Maleficent made me exclaim (much to the dismay of the audience members around me) “THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL” right after (major spoilers ahead) Maleficent kisses Aurora on the forehead, awakening her from the curse with true love’s first kiss. Until now, ... Read More
Many creatives out there are trying to articulate the post-millennial hipster experience; from Lena Dunham’s Girls, to Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s Broad City, to more serious works like Benjamin Dickinson’s First Winter, or Tim Heidecker’s The Comedy. Then there’s City Baby, a recent film directed by David F. Morgan, which he also co-wrote with its star Cora Benesh. Despite the criticism (specifically from Bitch Magazine) of the ... Read More
On My Way - the new film featuring Catherine Deneuve - tells the story of an older woman struggling to keep her life together as she juggles a restaurant, a nagging elderly mother, and a mostly tumultuous relationship with a moody daughter. Under the pressure of keeping it all together, she snaps, and embarks on an unanticipated road trip that turns her life upside down. As she journeys down this new and unexpected road of life, she meets many zany strangers, ... Read More
David O. Russell, director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, delivers another smash with his new film, American Hustle.  The film takes place in the 1970s, following an eager FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who is reluctantly aided by two con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) on a quest to expose corruption in Camden mayor Carmine Polito’s (Jeremy Renner) inner circle. Performed by an all-star cast, American Hustle is a cunning tale of ... Read More
  Have you ever wondered what life would be like if women ruled the world? If the women of the CLAW are any indication, it will be a compassionate, fair, dramatic, funny and gorgeous spectacle with plenty of Jack Daniels and ass shaking to go around. Brian Wimer and Billy Hunt directed the documentary that bills itself as a “Feature length documentary on the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers, or CLAW. 50% theater, 50% Sport, 50% Fundraiser. 150% ... Read More
  A family unit is like a fragile ecosystem—the introduction of a foreign species can have dangerous ripple effects. In Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks (co-written by Girls’ Lena Dunham), sexy gamine Martine (Olivia Thirlby) stays for a brief spell in the pool house of an L.A. clan, and changes everyone, for better and for worse. The film takes place over the course of a few hot, summery weeks during which Martine enlists sound engineer Peter ... Read More
Remember when Bridesmaids came out and the world braced itself for an onslaught of outrageous, gross-out female comedies? Well, That’s What She Said, a raunchy new film fresh from Sundance, will inevitably be counted by those taking measure of the Bridesmaids revolution. Directed by Carrie Preston—best known for her role as waitress Arlene Fowler on HBO’s True Blood—the movie is about a fraying friendship soldiering on through life’s ... Read More
Do you love American Beauty, but wish it had a lighter touch and a happier ending — and starred Hugh "Dr. House" Laurie? Okay, me neither really. Just checking.  But in case you do fit this particular niche, The Oranges is the suburban dysfunction film for you.Like a certain rose-petal-covered movie we know, The Oranges is a meditation on American life and American happiness directed by a British dude.  It also uses voice-over to explain its ... Read More
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