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Film, "Take This Waltz": Sarah Polley's Summer of Loves

"Take This Waltz": Sarah Polley's Summer of Loves

Sarah Polley's second feature, much like her first, the superb Away From Her (2006), thoughtfully probes the pitfalls of coupledom and third-party threats. Five years into their marriage, Torontonians Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen) have regressed fully into…
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Calendar, Night&Day Norma Jean Redux

Norma Jean Redux

When Michelle Williams was cast as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, the blogosphere lit up with outrage and petulant assertions that “even drag queens” could do it better. Well, duh. When it comes to larger-than-life female sexuality, drag…
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Film, "Meek's Cutoff": Kelly Reichardt's Trippy, Existential Frontier Masterpiece

"Meek's Cutoff": Kelly Reichardt's Trippy, Existential Frontier Masterpiece

Tenacious indie director Kelly Reichardt has specialized in quirky, minimalist quasiroad movies in which loners come unmoored in some great American space. Meek's Cutoff, recently shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival, is that and more — one great…
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Film, Kelly Reichardt Explains "Meek's Cutoff," Her Latest Road Movie

Kelly Reichardt Explains "Meek's Cutoff," Her Latest Road Movie

Meek's Cutoff, like all of director Kelly Reichardt's previous features (River of Grass, Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy), is essentially a road movie about both the unequal distribution of power and resources and the frustrations of the disenfranchised. Tracking three…
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Film, "Blue Valentine": Breaking up is hard to do

"Blue Valentine": Breaking up is hard to do

When the MPAA handed Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine an NC-17 rating this fall, cynics suggested that the so-called kiss of death was better publicity for the gently experimental marriage drama than anything famously crafty distributor Harvey Weinstein could buy. When…
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Film,

Toronto Film Festival 2010 roundup

It was the best of TIFFs, it was the worst of TIFFs. While the trade pubs breathlessly trumpeted the flurry of deals that took place at the Toronto International Film Festival, an epidemic of grumbling had spread through press and…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Wendy and Lucy</i>

Wendy and Lucy

Modest but cosmic, Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy is a movie whose sad pixie heroine, Wendy (Michelle Williams), already skating on thin ice, stumbles and, without a single support to brace herself, slides into America’s lower depths. Introduced calling for…
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Film, Lady with the Little Dog

Lady with the Little Dog

Sometimes, less really is more. Modest but cosmic, Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy is a movie whose sad pixie heroine, Wendy (Michelle Williams), already skating on thin ice, stumbles and, without a single support to brace herself, slides into America's…
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Film, The Wanderers

The Wanderers

Not long after her lovely 2006 film, Old Joy, received the terrific reviews and lousy box office that habitually reward talented makers of very-low-budget movies, Kelly Reichardt had lunch with her old friend Todd Haynes. Reichardt had just seen Brokeback…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wendy and Lucy

Wendy and Lucy

Modest but cosmic, Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy is a movie whose sad pixie heroine, Wendy (Michelle Williams), already skating on thin ice, stumbles and, without a single support to brace herself, slides into America’s lower depths. Introduced calling for…
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Film, The Mystery of the Tween Demo

The Mystery of the Tween Demo

So lame it's ... cool? Nancy Drew, writer-director Andrew Fleming's attempt to jump-start a new Warner Bros. franchise, is a movie flaunting a most obvious demographic strategy — a teen flick with a sensibility, or at least sense of humor,…
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Film, A Dork Has His Day

A Dork Has His Day

Back in the mid-'90s, when MTV still flirted with (intentional) comedy shows, it ran one called The State, which featured performers who now appear on the Comedy Central hit Reno 911. There wasn't all that much worth remembering about The…
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