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  • 'That Summer' goes behind the scenes at Grey Gardens, to mixed effect

    'That Summer' goes behind the scenes at Grey Gardens, to mixed effect

    The strangely mesmerizing found-footage documentary “That Summer” is a kind of prequel to 1975’s “Grey Gardens,” Albert and David Maysles’ landmark portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ then-elderly aunt, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (a.k.a. Big Edie), and Edith’s middle-aged daughter, Edie Bouvier...

  • 'Summer 1993' explores the wonder of childhood in the wake of tragedy

    'Summer 1993' explores the wonder of childhood in the wake of tragedy

    Writer-director Carla Simón, whose gentle, poetic drama “Summer 1993” reflects on the time she went to live with her uncle’s family after the death of her mother, offers a relatable array of candid emotions and observations that feel distinctly culled from real life. This verisimilitude, amplified...

  • Punk-rock alien-invasion comedy 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties' doesn't have much to say

    Punk-rock alien-invasion comedy 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties' doesn't have much to say

    If you’ve ever wanted to do tai chi, play Twister and/or conduct a sexual experiment with a cult of color-coded-rubber enthusiasts, the first big set-piece in “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” should serve you nicely. It’s 1977, the year of the queen’s Silver Jubilee and a pivotal moment in the...

  • Snark conquers all in 'Deadpool 2,' a superhero sequel that's more of the same

    Snark conquers all in 'Deadpool 2,' a superhero sequel that's more of the same

    It’s not easy to capture lightning in a bottle twice, and it’s even harder to push boundaries when you’re playing it safe. In “Deadpool 2,” the manic antics fly fast, but the franchise loses its edge as wise-cracking antihero Deadpool goes dadcore, attempting to infuse standard-issue four-quadrant...

  • Saoirse Ronan and Ian McEwan reunite for tragic romance 'On Chesil Beach'

    Saoirse Ronan and Ian McEwan reunite for tragic romance 'On Chesil Beach'

    "On Chesil Beach" is a beautifully made film that is as difficult to write about as it is to watch, and it is inescapably hard to watch. Yet the reasons it is difficult — a completely heartbreaking story brought to exquisite life via immaculate writing, directing and acting — are why it’s worth...

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