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Genial comedy 'My Old Lady' exposes darker side

Nov 11, 2015

Genial comedy 'My Old Lady' exposes darker side

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‘My Old Lady” will hold an enormous fascination for real-estate agents and homeowners over 40, but a sizable portion of the movie-going populace would perhaps miss the point of the story — and do so willingly. There are three central characters here, played by ...

Sarik Andreasyan's thriller 'American Heist' falls short

Nov 4, 2015

Sarik Andreasyan's thriller 'American Heist' falls short

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‘American Heist” is a bad movie with a glorious title. Think of the notables with “American” as a topper: “American Sniper,” “American Beauty,” “American Hustle,” even “American Horror Story” had its merits. But “American Heist” takes a good, functional concept and turns it on ...

Jill Soloway's bittersweet 'Afternoon Delight'

Nov 4, 2015

Jill Soloway's bittersweet 'Afternoon Delight'

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‘Afternoon Delight” is one of those ex post facto releases in Japan that arrives riding the wake of another hit. It won a best director award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, but is only now getting released because writer-director Jill Soloway and ...

The future of comedy looks bleak in 'Galaxy Turnpike'

Oct 14, 2015

The future of comedy looks bleak in 'Galaxy Turnpike'

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Comedy is hard. That’s what many comedians say, at least. Think of Charlie Chaplin filming hundreds of takes per immortal gag. But Koki Mitani — the famously workaholic comic playwright, scriptwriter, director and producer — makes it look easy, with a stupendous number of ...

'John Wick' lets Keanu Reeves out of 'The Matrix'

Oct 14, 2015

'John Wick' lets Keanu Reeves out of 'The Matrix'

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In a recent interview with The New York Times, Trevor Noah, the new host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” compared his surprise appointment to the casting of “The Matrix.” Though the fact has now been consigned to an obscure bit of movie lore, ...