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Daily Archives: July 14, 2015
The jaunty Ramsey Lewis jazz instrumental “The In-Crowd” underscores “Irrational Man,” Woody Allen’s latest film. It’s a gratingly dischordant pairing, Allen’s mostly-serious riff on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” set up as some sort of daft existential comedy. And it’s … Continue reading
Paul Rudd brings his Everyman/Funnyman humor and humanity to the Marvel Universe in “Ant-Man,” a formulaic comic-book thriller enlivened, a bit, by his engaging lead performance. It’s yet another “origin myth” within Stan Lee’s empire, and much of its nearly … Continue reading
The Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal always seems on the lookout for movies with a message. And in films such as “No,” about an ad writer who concocts a strategy for defeating the Chilean dictatorship at the polls, or “Babel” … Continue reading
August of 1971, 24 male students of Stanford University acted out the roles of guards and inmates at a “prison” created for a psychological experiment. “The flip of a coin” determined who was to be a guard and who portrayed … Continue reading
He’s being cagey, this old man introducing himself to the woman he’s been following. “I am, by disposition, a hobbyist,” he says, mysteriously. This, after he’s told her the scent she’s wearing and other details about herself she wouldn’t expect … Continue reading
The striking desert around Joshua Tree National Monument and the lovely lighthouses of California provide postcard pretty settings for “Safelight,” a tepid romantic melodrama about two young people looking for one shot at being normal. Evan Peters is Charles, labeled … Continue reading