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It’s Ghostbusters, Whaddya Want?

 

Once, Again

 

Wedding Belles

 

Super Bad, Man

 

I’ll Have What He’s Having

 

Cutting Room for July

 

Not Even Friendzoned

 

More Free Dumb!

 

I Spy the Same Game

 

Puttin’ on the Fitz’

If “director Baz Luhrmann” and “restraint” have ever appeared in the same sentence together, they were the word-bread creating a sandwich around the phrase “has absolutely no.” Considering that the gaudy Jay Gatsby is basically Luhrmann’s spirit animal, the union made sense, even if the alleged $200 million budget for a 3D version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel set to music selected by Jay-Z didn’t....


Don’t Love Thy Neighbor Too Much

There was a shot so slow and quiet in Beyond the Hills (or Dupa Dealuri if you’ve got Romanian skills) that it appeared to be accidentally freeze framed. Nope. Writer/director Cristian Mungiu did that on purpose. Ostensibly, the unfathomably slow pace is to heighten reality; practically, it reduces themes that are complicated but totally obvious to a snail’s pace…and the snail isn’t a fast snail. Like, if there...


Cutting Room for May 3

  • What’s better than having a special event with Steve James, director of such classics as Hoop Dreams? Why, it would be having two events with Steve James! On May 13, Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) will host James for a screening of Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game at 7 pm. Then, on May 14, James will be there for a screening of his film The Interrupters at 7 pm, with a Q&A to follow....


Up and Downey

Although traditionally necessary for filmmaking, the original Iron Man was rumored not to have had much of a real script, just an outline of key moments and the note “fill in gaps with Robert Downey Jr’s swag.” Much to the chagrin of the WGA, it worked. But writers’ karma is a harsh mistress, and Iron Man 2’s attempt to “wing it” soared like a penguin. Enter writer/director Shane Black, known for pulpy, quick...


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