The Last Days Of Disco

BBB (out of 5) True to the Whit Stillman mode of filmmaking, this film features young people who talk a lot.  Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny are both excellent in lead roles as two girls, one hip and nasty, the other sweet and comfortable, who go back and forth between witnessing and participating in what Stillman thinks … More The Last Days Of Disco

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Barcelona

BB.5 (out of 5) Whit Stillman’s endless array of convoluted conversations make their way back to the big screen with amiable results. The main plot is of two cousins, a sales representative for an American company in Barcelona and his visiting naval officer cousin, who make their rounds of the dating circuit while casually discussing … More Barcelona

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Metropolitan

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Whit Stillman took the art house by storm with this witty and intelligent social drama. It takes place in the world of New York debutantes of the 1970s (though attempts at period authenticity are lax), with a group of socialites gossiping about each other for two hours. The protagonist of the … More Metropolitan

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The Nanny Diaries

BB.5 (out of 5) Scarlett Johansson graduates from university with aspirations to do graduate work in anthropology, but is pushed by her concerned mother Donna Murphy) to pursue a career in business. When that fails at the first job interview, Johansson is accidentally roped into a career as a nanny for the spoiled little boy of … More The Nanny Diaries

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American Splendor

BBBB (out of 5) The second, non-special effects-laden film to come out of a graphic novel or comic strip turns out to be almost as good as the first (Ghost World). Harvey Pekar, a painfully ordinary guy with an equally average life, started serializing his personal experiences in graphic form thanks to the inspiration of … More American Splendor

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Sound And Fury

BBB.5 (out of 5) Heartfelt documentary that examines the issues facing hearing-impaired Americans everywhere. An extended family heavily populated by deaf members over three generations is thrown into a whirlwind of personal controversy when a new surgical implant allows their non-hearing members to suddenly be able to hear. The hearing grandparents think it’s a miracle … More Sound And Fury

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