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  • Steve Carell And Buddies Deal With Vietnam And Iraq
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    Steve Carell And Buddies Deal With Vietnam And Iraq

    Steve Carell leads an all-star cast in the new Richard Linklater film. It’s an unofficial sequel to the Jack Nicholson film The Last Detail. But frankly, Steve Carell does not star in the best films opening this week. One honor goes to Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, a seriocomic semi-autobiographical tale of Gerwig’s adolescence. The other […]

  • Takashi Miike Really Brings On The Fantasy Samurai Action
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    Takashi Miike Really Brings On The Fantasy Samurai Action

    The new Takashi Miike film headlines a mostly quiet week of openings. Imagine Wolverine as an unkillable samurai. But the Takashi Miike difference is that his film’s setpieces seem insane…particularly a finale requiring 300 people. For those who want something as wild as a Takashi Miike film but from real life, try a documentary about […]

  • New George Clooney Film Gets Wide Release, Bad Reviews
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    New George Clooney Film Gets Wide Release, Bad Reviews

    The new film directed by George Clooney has several things going for it. There’s a great cast and a Coen Brothers script. But despite wide release, this George Clooney project is pretty much DOA. For those who want a worthwhile film even if it lacks the George Clooney imprimatur, there are plenty of alternatives. Agnes […]

  • Tom Of Finland, The Cavendishes, Other Real Life Heroes
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    Tom Of Finland, The Cavendishes, Other Real Life Heroes

    Tom Of Finland is just one of the real-life heroes featured in this week’s openings. Other subjects of new dramas or documentaries include a couple who found a way to live with polio and a trio of activists fighting medical organizations letting people die. On the under-the-radar front, a woman getting in touch with her […]

  • The Father And Mothers Of Wonder Woman
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    The Father And Mothers Of Wonder Woman

    The story of how Wonder Woman came to be is probably the most widely released of this week’s openings. Key to that tale is the growing relationship between the two women who would provide the models for the Wonder Woman character. For book lovers, Frederick Wiseman’s documentary portrait of the New York Public Library will […]