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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting with Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke of <i>Mistress America</i>

Chatting with Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke of Mistress America

From Laurel and Hardy in Sons of the Desert (1933) to Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) to Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black (1997), buddy films have traditionally focused…
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Film, "Frances Ha": Noah Baumbach Finds Greta Gerwig's Best Side

"Frances Ha": Noah Baumbach Finds Greta Gerwig's Best Side

A visually pithy victory of bittersweetness over cynicism, and therefore arguably a career highlight for director Noah Baumbach, Frances Ha shows with keen humor and without self-pity what it's like to be alive and in one's twenties and in New…
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When Directors Love Their Stars: Frances Ha and Yellow at the Toronto Film Festival

Film critic Karina Longworth is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week. For maybe the first hour of Yellow (written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, the man responsible for the national treasure that is The Notebook), I kept…
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Film, "Lola Versus": Stoner Comedy Dares to Be Smart

"Lola Versus": Stoner Comedy Dares to Be Smart

Smart but spacey, naturally luminous and yet legitimately awkward, Greta Gerwig is perfectly cast in director Daryl Wein's romantic tailspin comedy as a manic mess whose coping mechanisms include juice cleansing one week, double-fisting 40s the next, and impulsively rebounding…
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Film, "Damsels in Distress": Dancing Divas Can't Save Plot

"Damsels in Distress": Dancing Divas Can't Save Plot

Back with his first film in 14 years, Whit Stillman still operates in a world of his own. With Damsels in Distress, Stillman's urban-haute-bourgeoisie-as-endangered-species sympathies are more refined than ever. On her first day at Seven Oaks College, transfer student…
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Film, <i>Greenberg</i>: Los Angeles plays itself

Greenberg: Los Angeles plays itself

Sad, funny, and acutely self-conscious, Noah Baumbach's new movie is the sort of mordant character study that people imagine were common in the '70s. Greenberg is unafraid to project a downbeat worldview or feature an impossible protagonist — I'd be…
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Film, Noah Baumbach on <i>Greenberg</i>, the DIY ethos, and learning to drive

Noah Baumbach on Greenberg, the DIY ethos, and learning to drive

Noah Baumbach is 40 years old. He just learned how to drive. A native New Yorker, the writer and director started spending time in Los Angeles when dating his now-wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh, but for years he made do bumming…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hello, Walls

Hello, Walls

The Devil, apparently, lives in an out-of-the-way gingerbread Victorian, just past the cemetery, where college sophomore Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) is lured for overnight housesitting by an elegant, forbidding couple (Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov, both queerly over-intimate). Though its poster…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Baghead</i>


Basically, this is a movie in which two half-assed couples—barely lit old flames Matt (Ross Partridge) and Catherine (Elise Muller) and more-like-siblings Chad (Steve Zissis) and Michelle (Greta Gerwig)—decide to spend a weekend in a middle-of-nowhere retreat to write the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cut Me Some Slack

Cut Me Some Slack

If you missed it while you were out thrift-store shopping, the semi-esteemed New Oxford American Dictionary picked mumblecore as one of its runners-up for the 2007 Word of the Year. According to the erudite yet trend-happy editors, mumblecore is "an…
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