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Joe Swanberg's Craft Beer Film Drinking Buddies Is an Honest, Affecting Romance

There is a moment of silent incompatibility in Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies that illuminates the entirety of a relationship in a single request. As the lovely, earthy Kate (Olivia Wilde) reclines suggestively on a couch in his tasteful apartment, Chris (Ron Livingston), her gently fussy boyfriend, politely reminds her to...…
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Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited Is a Minor Work By a Major Master

With his anxious parable I'm So Excited! Pedro Almodóvar imagines a plane malfunction not as a pretext for thrills, as in most films, but for a metaphorical farce: The jet is Spain, and what we should fear for is not just the passengers' lives but the country's. Defective landing gear...…
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James McAvoy Stars in Trance, Danny Boyle's Take on the Inception Genre

The payoff for solving puzzle films is a collaborative rush — in working out the filmmakers' jigsaws, viewers are invited into the moviemaking process. Look at the uber-combative message boards about Primer, or brave the theorizing of Room 237, the docu-analysis of The Shining (reviewed in this section). One subgenre...…
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