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Monthly Archives: August 2015


Beware the Serena who is too serene. The title character in novelist Ron Rash’s backwoods gothic is a decisive, collected queen bee, her serene highness of retribution and murder. It’s a great role for the Jennifer Lawrence of Winter’s Bone, whose fierce intelligence, quiet strength,

The Red Balloon & White Mane

Solitary boys find unlikely companions in The Red Balloon (1956) and White Mane (1953), two gorgeous fables from French filmmaker and photographer Albert Lamorisse (1922-70). Long out of circulation, these shorts have been lovingly restored under the supervision of Lamorisse’s son Pascal, who appears in

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

With Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, director Bruce Beresford returns to the comedic family dysfunction of Crimes of the Heart and Rich in Love, albeit without Beth Henley or Alfred Uhry. First time screenwriters Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski create a host of stereotypes, providing each

Goodbye to All That

From the first moments of Goodbye to All That, when Otto Wall (Paul Schneider) is jogging past vibrant autumn foliage to the strains of a Haydn piano concerto, Angus MacLachlan’s directorial debut feels like a 1980s Alan Alda dramedy (The Four Seasons, A New Life).

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her & Him

The two joined halves of Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, called Her and Him, form a cumulative portrait of grief where no one is able to articulate the loss or cope with the jumble of emotions it unleashes. Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain) and