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  • The Meyerowitz Stories

    The Meyerowitz Stories

    ★★★★

    Part of In Review Online's NYFF 2017 Dispatch 3

    Fitting snugly into Noah Baumbach’s tragicomic oeuvre, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) approaches dysfunctional families with the same intuitive understanding of complex interpersonal dynamics that defined the director’s earlier films. Baumbach invokes King Lear here, as patriarch and over-the-hill artist Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman) grapples with mortality and his legacy, while his adult children — Danny (Adam Sandler), Matthew (Ben Stiller), and Jean (Elizabeth Marvel) — work through the effect…

  • Last Flag Flying

    Last Flag Flying

    ★★½

    Part of In Review Online's NYFF 2017 Dispatch 2

    Richard Linklater is a talented director, but it feels like he may be running out of ideas. Last Flag Flying, based on the Darryl Ponicsan novel of the same name, transposes the three Vietnam War soldiers from Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail into a politically turbulent 2003. Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell replace Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, and Randy Quaid, respectively, playing three friends reunited to bring the body…

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  • The Circle

    The Circle

    ½

    Watch Emma Watson and Tom Hanks give a 2-hour TED Talk about why privacy is bad, I mean good, I mean bad? and about why freedom is good, I mean bad, I mean good?

    Watson plays that girl in high school that sucked up to the administration, if that girl in high school also hosted one of those Youtube daily vlog channels. Everybody else has too much dialogue to just be a plot device, but not enough meaningful dialogue to…

  • Paper Towns

    Paper Towns

    ★★

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