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  • REVIEW: Don’t expect soul-searching in Woody Allen’s Irrational Man

    MAY-SEPTEMBER ROMANCE: Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen’s 46th feature film. City Paper grade: D Eyebrows raised with the news that Woody Allen’s 46th feature involved a college professor becoming entangled with a student. This is nothing new for the director, who has oft revisited age-gap romances. But given the...

    • Jul 30, 2015
  • This week’s one-off film screenings

    “You’re not wrong, Walter. You’re just an asshole.” AWESOME FEST AT LIBERTY LANDS 926 N. American St., theawesomefest.com Uncle Kent 2 (2015, U.S., 73 min.): Sorta-sequel to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 indie film that finds that film’s star (Kent Osborne) in a scramble to … film a sequel to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 indie film....

    • Jul 30, 2015
  • REVIEW: The Stanford Prison Experiment

    City Paper grade: B In his intelligently cast take on Stanford University’s infamous social experiment, Kyle Patrick Alvarez avoids drawing any clumsy conclusions about the sinister nature of authority, preferring to let the data speak (more like scream) for itself. Nearly as standoffish about meddling in the unsettling proceedings as the professor...

    • Jul 30, 2015
  • REVIEW: Tangerine deserves more than buzz over its trans leads and iPhone-shot format

    City Paper grade: A- As light and versatile as the iPhones on which it was short, Sean Baker’s neorealist farce — not to be confused with the Estonian Oscar nominee Tangerines, although wouldn’t that be a hoot — follows transgender sex workers Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) down some of...

    • Jul 23, 2015
  • REVIEW: A nonagenarian ‘Mr. Holmes’

    City Paper grade: B For all the hard-starched Doyle traditionalists out there still sore about Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “not your father’s” Sherlocks, Sir Ian McKellen’s creaky take on the great detective will provide extreme respite. Bill Condon, working off a novel by American writer Mitch Cullin, has crafted a cottony elegy...

    • Jul 16, 2015
  • Robots, Shakespeare and Cambodian rock and roll in this week’s screenings

    Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll, screening at International House July 22 AWESOME FEST AT LIBERTY LANDS 926 N. American St. Catch Me Daddy (2014, U.K., 112 min.;): A young Pakistani woman seeking personal freedom faces off against her violent family. Fri., July 17, 9 p.m., free. BRYN MAWR...

    • Jul 16, 2015
  • REVIEW: With ‘Trainwreck,’ Amy Schumer proves she’s ready for the next level

    City Paper grade: B+ Auteurism be damned, it’s been hard to think of Trainwreck as anything but an Amy Schumer movie: Between magazine covers, Emmy nominations and a tsunamis of thinkpieces both pro- and con-, she’s at the center of a cultural moment, where director Judd Apatow’s star has cooled considerably. But...

    • Jul 16, 2015
  • REVIEW: Marvel struggles with small stakes in ‘Ant-Man’

    City Paper grade: C Marvel isn’t exactly known for thinking small. Its movies boast their own universe, after all, and it’s beginning to seem like the combined running times of their non-stop output will soon rival the age of the actual universe. So it’s not surprising that a superhero whose primary power...

    • Jul 16, 2015

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