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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★★

    The fact that Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig met and formed a working relationship must be one of the great miracles of modern American cinema. Undeniably, both have done very good work independent of the other, but the work they do together is, to quote Frances Halladay, "kinda magic."

    Mistress America marks their third collaboration, but only their second as writing partners. When Baumbach made The Squid and the Whale, it was a major change from his earlier works. Similarly,…

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★★

    “Nobody’s perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you”


    After regaling us with the exploits of a cold-blooded murderer, Malick’s second film opens up with a completely different kind of killing. When Bill (Richard Gere) gets into an argument, which the audience can’t quite make out amid the sounds of a steel mill, he accidentally lands a blow that kills his foreman. Bill rushes home, grabs his girlfriend and his baby sister…

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    Larry "Doc" Sportello, Private Eye, is the latest in the lineage of leading men in films directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. On the surface, there isn't much to tie Doc to Barry Egan, Eddie Adams, Daniel Plainview or even Freddie Quell, who is also played by the enigmatic Joaquin Phoenix, and the same rule applies to the sprawling, beautiful world's that these lost and alienated characters inhabit. When describing the plot of Inherent Vice to someone who is only familiar…

  • Match Point

    Match Point

    ★★★★½

    There’s a school of thought which calls MATCH POINT the best film Woody Allen has ever made. For the first time in his career, the auteur dispensed with any sense of comedy to tell the story of an ex-tennis player who falls into the favor of an aristocratic British family. The film marks Allen’s first collaboration with Scarlett Johansson only two years after her breakout role in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.

    Allen uses Match Point to confront a number…