Out of the Past

The rosy-hued vision we often have of that always-intangible past is a fitting subject for Woody Allen, a director with a large segment of fans who pine for the kind of movies he made during his own vaguely defined “golden age.” His new picture, Midnight in Paris , is about a man with a similarly […]

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Committed and Curious

Last Night , the directorial debut from Massy Tadjedin, is a flawed but ambitious little drama focusing on a stylish, successful pair of New Yorkers. Joanna (Keira Knightley) and Michael (Sam Worthington) have been married for three years and have been together for longer. Despite separations due to Michael’s frequent business trips, they seem happy […]

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Star Empowerment

Film icon Catherine Deneuve’s first major role was as an umbrella shop sales girl in the 1964 Jacques Demy film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Now, nearly a half-century later (with a enormously successful career in between), she can be found playing the unappreciated wife of an umbrella factory owner in Potiche, the latest picture from […]

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Girl’s Club

Bridesmaids is the anti-chick-flick. There are no hopeless romantics here; no star-crossed lovers or coincidental interventions from Cupid. It’s a picture about love, friendship and change, but without any of the frothy cuteness or frilly emotional waste. There is, however, plenty of tennis court violence, mile-high pill-popping and girl-on-girl vomiting. And, believe it or not, […]

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Out in the Street

“I had no plans to make a film like this,” says director Matt Porterfield. He’s speaking from Los Angeles, where he’s promoting his latest picture, Putty Hill , which has its Omaha premiere on Friday at Film Streams. It’s his second feature, after Hamilton in 2006 (which will screen on Sunday), and it has gotten […]

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L.A. Law

Based on the novel by Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer is one loud, swaggering showoff of a thriller. It is well-acted and decently written … but there’s something about director Brad Furman’s approach that invites us to ignore all of that and just revel in the surface excitement. Bursting at the seams with flashy photography, […]

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What Happens in Iowa…

Just as Glengarry Glen Ross was for real estate agents, director Miguel Arteta’s Cedar Rapids is an ode to the desperate, lonely life of the insurance salesman. Of course, there are a lot more jokes here than in David Mamet’s play, but there’s no avoiding that big melancholic heart beating at the center. And the […]

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Middle Aged Kids

It’s a time-tested formula: take some stars, sex, a bit of compassion and an absurd plot device, filter it through the mind of a 12-year-old boy, and you’ve got a Farrelly brothers picture. Bobby and Peter, creators of There’s Something About Mary , are back with Hall Pass . Depending on how you like your […]

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Death and Debt

Set in a dismal-looking Barcelona and following a character with amazingly bad luck, Biutiful slathers on the misery like few other movies do. But misery is nothing new for its director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, the man behind several other bleak pictures, including Amores Perros and 21 Grams . Biutiful is a big movie that’s slightly […]

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Just Get it Over With

Just Go With It is the latest Dennis Dugan–directed Adam Sandler vehicle. Standing at the ticket counter, the title reads more like a desperate plea for audience members. That probably isn’t the case, since it was basically designed to make lots of money. But it’s such a benign and unnecessary movie that it’s nice to […]

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