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Monthly Archives: July 2015

The End of the Tour

Written and directed by James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”), “The End of the Tour” might fit well on a double bill with “Amadeus,” another film about a genius and a lesser artist who basks in his aura. Of course, the setting is very different, and the stakes are much lower—”Tour” is a fictionalized account of…

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I Am Chris Farley

“He made my life better by being a friend of mine.” This line near the end of “I Am Chris Farley” captures, in many ways, why the loss of Chris Farley hurt so much, and continues to resonate: he felt like a friend. We had lost talented people before. We had lost drug addicts and…

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Best of Enemies

Examining the fiery, acerbic debates televised debates between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal during the Republican and Democratic conventions in 1968, Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s “The Best of Enemies” provides a rich, extraordinarily fascinating account that’s sure to have many viewers’ minds constantly shuttling between then and now, noting how different certain…

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Thumbnails 7/31/15

1. “Lego-izing, Theorizing and Problematizing: How We Process Movies in 2015”: At Oscilloscope, Noel Murray sounds off on recent trends in online film analyses. “‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ flopped in the United States in its original limited release in 1975, but found new life when a shrewd 20th Century Fox executive suggested rebooking the…

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Playing the Truth: Paz Vega on “Paulo Coelho’s Best Story”

The beautiful Paz Vega nearly steals “Paulo Coelho’s Best Story,” the true story of the legendary author of “The Alchemist,” one of the most translated books in the history of literature, opening in select cities this weekend. The star of “Sex and Lucia,” “Spanglish” and “Talk to Her” took some time out of her busy…

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