This remake of the 1984 comedy is an amusing enough outing
Once again Allen ponders notions of life, death, love, success, happiness and Jews
The perennial Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society, is a smorgasbord of pluses and minuses that add up to maybe five, a romantic dramedy set in the 1930s that, let’s just say, seems like old times. It revolves around a young man (the perpetually uncharismatic Jesse Eisenberg) who leaves his family’s jewelry business in New York to move to Hollywood, where he works for his uncle (Steve Carell, rather miscast), a big-shot agent.
An over-the-top farce that revisits the boozy ladies from the 1990s TV show
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie fits right into a popular entertainment genre. Because, let’s face it, Edina (writer/star Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) were walking corpses even back in their TV days, preserved only by copious amounts of alcohol.
An evocative coming-of-age story about a tomboy becoming a teenage girl
Anna Rose Holmer’s debut feature is a coming-of-age story unlike most. For starters, it zeroes in on girls, and African-American ones at that.
Docudrama about a U.S. Customs agent who took on Pablo Escobar’s drug empire
“One wrong word, one slip.” That, says Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) — an undercover U.S. Customs officer, circa mid-1980s, working to break up drug lord Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering ring — is all it takes to blow an operation and get yourself killed. Of course, we’ve heard that before, and we’ve seen The Infiltrator many times.
Award-winning drama explores the enormous challenge of assimilation
It’s not hard to understand why Dheepan, by the French director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone), won the Palme d’Or at Cannes: It’s at once a drama, a polemic, and a work of sociology, moody and exotic, but just familiar and relevant enough. The title character is a Hindu Tamil insurgent from Sri Lanka (where the Buddhist Sinhalese dominate) who escapes to Paris after assembling a family of strangers — a churlish woman and an anxious child — hoping they’ll make it easier for him to emigrate.
Director Brian De Palma recounts his five-decade career
Director Brian De Palma was one of the much-heralded “kids” of 1970s Hollywood — upstarts like Lucas, Spielberg and Coppola, who combined a disregard for the hidebound ways of the studio system with a profound respect for those who had transformed classic cinema into a visual art form. Now 75, De Palma sits down for co-directors Noah Baumbach (filmmaker, and son of film critics) and Jake Paltrow (son of TV director and actress) to give a précis of his five-decade career.
An experiential documentary that profiles life at an Indian ashram
Spend the better part of two hours at a remote ashram in a lush part of Southern India, via Jillian Elizabeth and Neil Dalel’s documentary. It’s an experiential work, as the camera captures students and others going about their daily lives, from the mundane (chopping vegetables and sweeping the yard) to the profound (praying together, meditating on what it all means).
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