One More Time with Feeling

Documentary, Music ‐ December 01, 2016
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When you start watching “One More Time with Feeling,” you are suddenly dropped into the eye of a creative storm that began after the death of Arthur Cave, one of Australian rocker Nick Cave’s two sons. This deeply moving concert doc concerns that loss, but only indirectly. We join Cave before the release of Skeleton Tree, his latest album with decades-old band The Bad Seeds. But by the time director Andrew Dominik films Cave (using a 2D camera and an advanced black-and-white 3D camera) and his band in their Brighton recording studio, it seems as if the bulk of Cave and his band’s creative decisions have been made. Still, anxiety permeates …

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Old Stone

Drama ‐ November 30, 2016
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Old Stone

Back when I was a young and feckless Jersey guy driving around with my friends, we had a running joke about how many “points” applied to mowing down some dope who was crossing against the light or jaywalking directly into your car’s approaching fender. The more inappropriate or sacred the ostensible target, the higher the number of points. We did not make up this mordant joke—at least I don’t think we did. But we got a grim kick out of it, until we didn’t. (Mind you, we never actually hit anybody, or tried to!)

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Always Shine

Thriller ‐ November 25, 2016
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Director Sophie Takal is interested in the murky powerful undertows beneath female friendship, the dark sides of supposed “safe spaces” and just how threatening close female friendship is to whatever status quo that might exist. The two films (so far) from this confident young filmmaker, “Green” (2011) and her latest, “Always Shine” (which, in many ways, is an unofficial sequel of “Green,” in terms of Takal’s exploration of these loaded topics), are deeply unnerving. The atmosphere of menace seems to emerge from the landscape itself or directly from the characters’ psyches. The “pathetic fallacy” is omnipresent and stifling. “Always Shine,” …

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Evolution

Drama, Horror, Mystery ‐ November 25, 2016
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Evolution

If I had to pin down “Evolution,” I’d call it a coming-of-age story, though it doesn’t often employ the symbolic shorthand that so many tales of pubescent terror do. No, “Evolution” feels like a transmission from an alien world, one where all the important narrative information you need is imparted visually. This is a supremely confident story about Nicolas (Max Brebant), a lonely little boy who grows up in a community of sickly-looking women. 

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Nicolas refuses to believe, as his mother (Julie-Marie Parmentier) insists, that he is …

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Miss Sloane

Thriller ‐ November 25, 2016
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Legend has it that the term “lobbyist” originated during the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, who referred to the petitioners bombarding him with requests for support as “lobbyists” because they always ambushed him while he was trying to relax with a brandy in the lobby of the Willard Hotel in Washington. The DC Mythbusting Series has debunked that story, finding the term in use as far back as the 1600s (always with the same wheeler-dealer connotation). Whatever the case may be, “lobbyists” are still with us, and who or what they represent is often cloaked in mystery, making them potent …

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