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Casting review – film-set furore is a meta-salute to Fassbinder | Drama films

In a German film studio amid a half-built set, documentarian-turned-feature director Vera (Judith Engel) is trying to pull together a remake of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 film The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. This adaptation of Fassbinder’s own play, now considered a queer classic, featured an all-female cast orbiting around the manipulative titular protagonist. …

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Gillian Jacobs and Jishn Wiggins in 'I Used to Go Here.'

‘I Used to Go Here’: Gillian Jacobs Heads Back to College

“Critics are the worst kind of humans,” says Jemaine Clement in the role of David Kirkpatrick, a horndog college professor trying to comfort Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs), a former student whose first novel has just been savaged in The New York Times as an “amateurish beach read.” But the critic isn’t saying anything worse than …

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Endings, Beginnings review – seriously middling | Film

There’s a lot going on in Drake Doremus’s flawed, serious-minded movie about relationships and personal growth – more going on, in fact, that can be successfully expressed in the running time. But this is a decently intended film from a director whose 2011 drama Like Crazy I liked very much. Daph (Shailene Woodley) is, in …

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Michaél Richardson and Liam Neeson in 'Made in Italy.'

‘Made in Italy’ Review: Father-Son Bonding, Under the Tuscan Sun

There’s an indisputable emotional force at the core of this story about an estranged father (Liam Neeson) and son (Micheál Richardson) who travel together to Tuscany to sell a house that neither has seen since the car-crash death of the man’s wife. Made in Italy has nothing to do with the tragic 2009 loss of …

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Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal review – animated fable is shorn of excitement | Film

A hair of the dog that no one ordered, here’s a sequel to the ropey Russian family animation Sheep and Wolves, in which predator and prey learned to live together in happy-clappy vegetarian harmony. Not improving much on the original, the new film is unimaginatively scripted with dull characters and second-rate animation – the wolves’ …

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‘Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine’: A Tribute to a Wild, Crazy Music Rag

‘Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine’: A Tribute to a Wild, Crazy Music Rag

Maybe we should start with that subtitle: “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine.” [Clears throat at the volume of a jet engine.] Scott Crawford’s documentary on the estimable, invaluable 1970s music rag does stoop to mention another U.S. publication that was covering rock stars and the counterculture scene, one that kicked off the year before …

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Es Devlin and Machiko Weston: I Saw the World End review | Jonathan Jones | Art and design

We live in an age that is morally confused. Someone with more sensitivity than sense has cancelled the scheduled screenings in Piccadilly Circus today and on Sunday morning of Es Devlin and Machiko Weston’s thoughtful and moving film to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 75 years ago. The piece, commissioned by the Imperial …

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The subjects of the A24/Apple TV doc 'Boys State.'

‘Boys State’ Review: Political Doc Smells Like Teen Spirit — and Hope

Scared about our political future? Boys State, the punchiest documentary so far this year, offers flashes of hope. And who will lead us out of bondage, you ask? Teen boys — 1,100 of them; their average age is 17 — who have gathered for an annual leadership conference run by the American Legion since the …

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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker review – stunning trio of dance films | Stage

The Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has always been engrossed by music. Rather than “set” dance to music, she dives into the intersections and crosscurrents between the two arts, particularly as forms of composition. Indeed, she calls some of her pieces “dance concerts”, with live musicians integrated into the mise-en-scène, and often into the …

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The Host: Bong Joon-Ho’s breakout monster movie is eerily prescient, not-quite-escapist fare | TV streaming

If you thought a black comedy about a toxic, mutated monster on the loose in Seoul would be a complete escape from your reality, think again. Before Parasite, Korean auteur and Oscar-winner Bong Joon-ho released his first crossover hit with 2006’s The Host. An uncommon genre in his home country, Bong has said people initially …

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