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  • Enjoying The French Countryside And Cuisine With Diane Lane
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    Enjoying The French Countryside And Cuisine With Diane Lane

    Diane Lane stars this week in a debut film directed by an 81-year-old woman. But the director in question happens to be part of the Coppola clan. And the setup will make reasonable viewers wonder if Diane Lane plays a character loosely based on a person or two the director knows very well. Matching Diane […]

  • A Life, As Summarized By The New York Times
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    A Life, As Summarized By The New York Times

    The New York Times is connected in various ways to the weekend’s stronger openings. The operations of the Obituaries section of the New York Times lead to compelling ruminations on timelessness. A documentary about an influential but little-known record producer gets described by the New York Times as filled with behind-the-scenes stories of the music […]

  • Discerning The Real Julian Assange
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    Discerning The Real Julian Assange

    Today’s release of the second Guardians of the Galaxy film may be the 800-pound gorilla of movie news. But Laura Poitras’ documentary/personal portrait of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may be the weekend’s most substantive opening. The rest of the weekend’s art film openings have their virtues too. There are films featuring strong performances from Rami […]

  • Stories Of The Lives Of John Coltrane, Jane Jacobs, And Others
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    Stories Of The Lives Of John Coltrane, Jane Jacobs, And Others

    Biographies dominate this weekend’s openings. New films talk about the lives of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, social critic/activist Jane Jacobs, superstar chef Jeremiah Tower, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, and film director David Lynch. John Coltrane may be the bigger of the two jazz musician film subjects. But the film about the relationship between Morgan and […]