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Crazy in love

We meet Robert (John Cassavetes) first, a novelist living in a spacious Hollywood Hills manor. He has many women around him, most of whom we won’t come to know, all of whom were pulled into Rob...
Riding in cars with Nick Cave

Dig yourself

There’s a scene in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s remarkable feature debut in which the hero, a songwriter and musician reflecting on his life and work as he goes about his business on h...
Friends!

An ‘ethical’ romantic comedy

Wallace and Chantry meet at a party, the latter commenting on former’s choice of socialization: writing bitter fridge-magnet poetry about love, alone. He’s a med-school dropout, freshly b...
Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane, in the midst of his boyhood

Growing into a film

Boyhood’s visual refrain is its protagonist’s wide open eyes, taking in the world, first at six, then at seven, eight and nine, all the way to that age when boyhood is shed for manhood. M...
Back on the train gang

Jumping the track

Movies don’t get much more multinational than melting-potpourri Snowpiercer—an adaptation of a French graphic novel shot in a Czech studio by a South Korean director, starring mostly Americans,...
"I loved you in The Social Network"

Toil and trouble

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is rarely recognized and barely noticed. Simon says, “You’re in my place” to a guy on the subway early in Richard Ayoade’s The Double—a film whic...
So happy together

Adolescent paradoxes

Me and You [Io e Te], an adaptation of Niccolò Ammaniti’s young-adult novel and the first feature in a decade from Bernardo Bertolucci, now in his 70s, is another of his works about a man and w...
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Digging your own grave

The opening tracking shot begins with a hearse parked outside a cemetery—”You’re digging your own grave,” one character will soon warn another—before rolling past dilapidated clapbo...
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A Truman Show delusion

Matteo Garrone’s Reality (2012) is, like his previous film Gomorra (2008), which also won the Grand Prix at Cannes, set in Naples. It’s not a Naples of Camorra gangsters, though, but of i...