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'While We're Young': Generation X, meet the millennials

Jul 20, 2016

'While We're Young': Generation X, meet the millennials

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Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha,” “Greenberg”) examines the concept of youth in “While We’re Young” with a kind of clinical detachment. There’s no glorifying or romanticizing, and he certainly doesn’t seem too enamored by today’s Bright Young Things. Not that this comes as a surprise ...

'Trumbo': Shining over Hollywood's blacklist

Jul 20, 2016

'Trumbo': Shining over Hollywood's blacklist

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American conservatives are forever whinging about “liberal Hollywood,” but really they have only themselves to blame. When they were in the cultural ascendancy back in the 1940s-50s, they used their power — through groups such as the MPA (Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation ...

'Ishibumi': Tragic history set in stone

Jul 13, 2016

'Ishibumi': Tragic history set in stone

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An annual ritual on Japanese television on or around Aug. 6 is a number of special programs about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Truth be told, after many years in this country I tune out more than I tune in. Just as ...

'Sing Street': 'I'm in a band' — it works every time

Jul 13, 2016

'Sing Street': 'I'm in a band' — it works every time

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Filmmaker and former frontman for the Irish band “The Frames” John Carney completes his ode-to-music trilogy with “Sing Street” — following the star-studded “Begin Again” in 2013 and the excellent but underrated “Once” in 2007. Carney’s stories have sold us the idea that the ...

'Amy': Remembering the star the right way

Jul 13, 2016

'Amy': Remembering the star the right way

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Back in 1969, John Lennon — then on his media-hounded honeymoon with Yoko Ono — penned “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” with the chorus, “The way things are going, they’re gonna crucify me.” It seems a bit over-the-top, until you recall how his ...

'Brooklyn': Romance is not dead, it's just dull

Jul 6, 2016

'Brooklyn': Romance is not dead, it's just dull

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Given its title, you’d be forgiven for thinking that “Brooklyn” was a movie about lumbersexual hipsters, all named Zach, opening a single-origin, gluten-free artisanal mac-and-cheese shop in Fort Point, and the zany complications that arise when they realize two bathrooms are inadequate to serve ...

'The Program': Stephen Frears cycles round the edges

Jun 29, 2016

'The Program': Stephen Frears cycles round the edges

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From the NFL’s deflated footballs to the bribery allegations besmirching Tokyo’s Olympic bid, it can feel like the entire apparatus of professional sport has become hopelessly corrupt. But are the fans also complicit? In a memorable scene during “The Program,” a zippy account of ...