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Elegy

Elegy

There’s a sexy beast lurking beneath the smooth respectability of academic David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley), one he doesn’t try to hide, even when being interviewed by Charlie Rose. Elegy opens with Kepesh railing against the Puritanical suppression of sexual expression, which wouldn’t flower again in

You Will Be Mine

You Will Be Mine

Concert pianist Marie Dandin (Judith Davis) is not only the focus of You Will Be Mine, but the narrative mirrors her emotional swings during a tumultuous year at the Lyons National Conservatory. Marie is impetuous and frustrating, driven by whims and struggling to hit the

The Worst Year of My Life

The Worst Year of My Life

In a brisk 15-minute sequence, writer/director Jonathan Smith sums up the three-year romance of Kyle (Trevor St. John David) and Amber (Amy Vorpahl) as a series of blissful milestones marred only by her career dissatisfaction. Kyle’s solution is to bankroll Amber’s vegan bakery, even though

Days and Nights

Days and Nights

Every Chekhov adaptation presents unhappiness in its own way, albeit typically at a country house where a tense family gathering exposes each character’s underlying discontent. Loosely based on The Seagull, writer/director Christian Camargo’s debut feature, Days and Nights, unfolds during Memorial Day 1984, when Reagan’s

Beaufort

Beaufort

In war movies of the post-Vietnam era, it’s not uncommon for filmmakers to make foreign landscapes seem surreal, mirroring the disorientation troops feel on alien soil. Writer/director Joseph Cedar has taken it a step further, imbuing real combat with the aura of science fiction. The