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  • ‘Laggies’: Start your engines

    October 20, 2014

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    What is a laggie? Judging from the substance of Lynn Shelton’s new film, “Laggies,” it’s someone who has fallen behind in life. Not that Shelton or screenwriter Andrea Seigel are ever that explicit about it. Instead, this blithe romantic comedy just jumps right in, introducing Megan (Keira Knightley) and her high school pals as they prepare for the [...] More »

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  • Theodore Melfi and the coming of ‘St. Vincent’

    October 9, 2014

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      Having plumbed his own life for material for his new film, “St. Vincent,” writer-director Theodore Melfi could probably do the same thing with the story of how the film got made. Specifically, his pursuit of the elusive, peripatetic Bill Murray – who plays the title character, an alcoholic who winds up as an unwilling surrogate father to [...] More »

Commentary

  • NYFF52: The more things change…

    October 3, 2014

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    I’ve been covering the New York Film Festival since 1987 and have, over the years, developed a bit of a love/hate relationship with it, as an institution (specifically, Film Society of Lincoln Center) and as a festival. This year’s festival, the 52nd, hits its halfway point today and I will admit that, while I’ve seen several of [...] More »