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Calendar, Night&Day The Study of Youth

The Study of Youth

Alternating between trite over-earnestness and clear-minded observation, Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts manages to hint at both the yearning for adulthood of sensitive college kids and, more convincingly, the discontent and uncertainty of a certain generation of thirtysomething males, emotional, self-doubting,…
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Film, "Silent House": Terror Outshines Its Genre

"Silent House": Terror Outshines Its Genre

In Silent House, a college-age young woman, Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen), is on break and helping her father (Adam Trese) and uncle (Eric Sheffer Stevens) renovate the remote, no-cell-phone-reception lake house where they once vacationed as a family. Then Uncle storms…
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Film, "Martha Marcy May Marlene": Thriller Deftly Portrays Psychological Torment

"Martha Marcy May Marlene": Thriller Deftly Portrays Psychological Torment

As taut and economical as its title is unwieldy, Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene is a deft, old-school psychological thriller. The film divides its eponymous protagonist (Elizabeth Olsen) into two personae, each associated with one of the movie's two…
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