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Carey Mulligan—the vital, mordant center of Paul Dano’s directorial debut WILDLIFE—will be crisscrossing town at breakneck speed for same-night post-screening Q & A’s at the Landmark and Arclight Hollywood cinemas.   CAREY MULLIGAN—WILDLIFE Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, after the 7pm show. Sunday, October 28, after the 1:30pm show. Landmark Theatre, 10850 Pico […]


“An ‘ego’ is usually just an over-dressed insecurity. I think you have to dream so big that you can’t get an ego, [or else] you’ll never fulfill those dreams.” — Quincy Jones After witnessing the straitjacketed removal of his mother from his childhood home, Jones grew up fast on the streets of Chicago’s South Side, […]


Winter’s Bone (2010) drastically changed the lives of both director Debra Granik and actor Jennifer Lawrence, and Granik is back with an excellent new feature about independence, resilience, and life off the grid. LEAVE NO TRACE features a remarkable performance by Thomasin McKenzie (Tom) as the daughter of Ben Foster (Will). Dale Dickey co-stars.   […]


“Art doesn’t need interpretations. It has enough problems proving that it exists, that it still is legitimate. It’s all voracious cannibalization, cross-references, and cryptic connotations crying to be interpreted… “Art history fronts for art, and often replaces it altogether. Everything is being historicized now that there is nothing left that’s worth historicizing, and the same […]


Elvis Mitchell: “You’ve made a film where art has replaced religion… The artist, played by Dustin Hoffman, feels patronized by the world. [Through his dialogue] he’s a narcissist writing history as it happens, as if no one around him is living it at the same time.” Noah Baumbach: “Dustin told me that his lines were […]


Every line of dialogue in MARK FELT (written and directed by Peter Landesman)—a tightly wound drama about the Watergate break-in and cover-up, the FBI, Woodward and Bernstein’s “Deep Throat,” and the collapse of the Nixon Administration—is directed at the current electorate and its representatives in various legislatures, courts, and media: a step-by-step primer on the […]


To the list of modernist structures that have become cinematic characters in their own right—Casa Malaparte in Godard’s Le Mépris, Villa Necchi Campiglio in Luca Guadagnino’s Io sono l’amore—add the libraries, office buildings, churches, banks, and private homes designed by Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen, Myron Goldsmith, Deborah Berke, James Stewart Polshek, and Edward Bassett that provide sanctuary for […]