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  • Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

    Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

    ★★★½

    You know who’s underrated? Robin Wright, David Oyelowo, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, Julie Delpy, Sam Rockwell, Hope Davis, Kate Beckinsale – all terrific actors who rarely get the kind of high-profile leading roles Kidman does, and none of whom have a single Academy Award nomination for acting (much less four). And then there’s Richard Gere, who’s been doing nuanced, layered film work for forty years now without racking up a single nod from The Academy. His latest film, 'Norman', is a reminder of his specific gifts as an actor, and how they’ve been taken for granted far too long.

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  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★½

    The key opening section of Garth Davis’s Oscar-nominated drama is about as heart-crushing as narrative cinema gets, as a tiny Indian kid is separated from his brother, ends up on a train, and finds himself hundreds of kilometers from home and unable to get back (“What is your mother’s name?” “Mum”). He’s played as a child by Sunny Pashwar; as an adult (and it really is a shared role, the baton passed an hour in), Dev Patel takes over, sensitively…

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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★½

    “In one instant, her behaviors turned from charming to borderline psychotic.” So notes Tracy (Kirke) of Brooke (Gerwig), the title character of Noah Baumbach’s latest chronicle of the bohemian facades and generational navigation in New York City. Free of much of the cynicism but none of the bite of last spring’s 'While We’re Young,' Baumbach and co-writer Gerwig’s screwball treat beautifully captures the way a slightly older, seemingly together mentor-type figure can first seem to be everything you hope to…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★

    A beautiful, bizarre, and occasionally troubling bit of abstract art-house sci-fi in the Beyond the Black Rainbow vein from director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth). Scarlett Johansson (who appears in just about every frame) plays a well-disguised alien creature who picks up men and devours them; some have dismissed the picture as an indie riff on Species, but if the narrative is derivative and a tad monotonous, there’s something intoxicating about the fluidity of Glazer’s striking images and the mood he manages to sustain throughout the peculiar tale.

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