Gyllenhaal and Maslany Help ‘Stronger’ Stand Out

Courtesy of Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions The phrase “based on a true story” can serve as a warning sign for any discerning viewer as American cinema often exploits such stories as a cheap source of inspiration or, even worse, as an easy way to gain Academy attention. It seems that every year viewers are subjected [...]

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The Mediocre ‘Home Again’ Has Its Pleasures

Nancy Meyers has directed her fair share of romantic comedies since the 1990s — including “The Holiday” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” Meyers has a characteristic lightness to her style and an obsession with kitchens and homes. In “Home Again,” she takes a step back into the producer’s chair for her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s debut feature. [...]

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Kogonada Arrives with The Quietly Masterful ‘Columbus’

Courtesy of Superlative Films/Depth of Field After a long, hot summer of lifeless franchise burnouts (sprinkled with the occasional gem), filmgoers are lucky to have had three of the year’s absolute best films expanding their limited releases this past month: Bertrand Bonello’s French terrorism thriller “Nocturama,” the Safdie brothers’ seedy crime picture “Good Time” and [...]

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