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  • Summer 1993

    Summer 1993

    ★★★½

    With some subtle cinematography and sly editing, and without the aid of any melodrama or magical realism, Summer 1993 attempts to capture the complex inner life of a child adjusting to the aftermath of trying externalities.  The end result is authentic and sublime.  There are no hammy self-aware performances, poverty porn manipulations, or Hail Mary finales - in other words, writer/director Carla Simon gets everything right that Sean Baker got so wrong (The Florida Project).  But this Spanish film is also a distinctly quiet affair, which is probably why it has almost no marketing push in the U.S. and virtually nonexistent buzz.

  • Set It Up

    Set It Up

    ★★½

    It’s no Definitely, Maybe; but the ridiculously charming Zoey Deutch could pass for Isla Fisher’s MUCH younger sister, and that’s enough for me to officially classify this as a guilty pleasure.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    It's 2016. Among our prime A-listers, we don't have a Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers; hell, we don't even have an Olivia Newton-John or John Travolta. What we do have is Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), Gangster Squad (2013)) and a talented director (Damien Chazelle) who has the audacity to create an original musical in 2016 (as opposed to adapting/stewarding a Broadway franchise). With Chazelle's invocation of nostalgia for a once dominant cinematic form and generous…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    After an unnecessary remake, an above-average biopic, and an adaptation of a half-baked short story, it’s damn good to see director David Fincher back on his game – or I should say, The Game (1997), because that’s Gone Girl‘s closest touchstone to any of his other films. That said, Gone Girl works much better as exercises in role-playing go, and the difference is Gillian Flynn – the author of the best-selling novel and sole writer of the screenplay. Together, they craft pulp fiction of the highest order ... aflixionado.com/gone-girl-2014/.