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Landline, the sure-footed follow-up to Obvious Child from Brooklyn-based co-writers Gillian Robespierre and Liz Holm, opens with a not-so-hot sex scene in the woods of upstate New York. While Dana (Jenny Slate) braces herself against a tree, her fiancé Ben (Jay Duplass) gives her everything he’s got from behind. “Is this good?” he asks, mid thrust.  “No,” she answers matter-of-factly. It’s a wonderfully honest moment in a wonderfully honest film: Landline, which just premiered at...
There are certain things which, as an adult, you just don’t want your parents to see. Being patronized by a client at work ranks fairly high on the list, serving wine stark naked at your own birthday party even higher. Winfried (Peter Simonischek) witnesses his daughter (Sandra Hüller) do both of these and more in Toni Erdmann, a film in which conventional boundaries of privacy, propriety, perhaps even sanity, break down completely. This is...
Elle Directed by Paul Verhoeven Opens November 11 Michele Leblanc doesn’t cry after she’s raped by a masked intruder in the opening scene of Paul Verhoeven’s Elle. She doesn’t scream either, nor does she call the police, or phone a friend. She simply picks herself up, dusts herself off, and calmly sweeps up the glass that’s been shattered in the wake of this particularly heinous act of violence, as a trickle of blood runs down the inside...
Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. 5. Certain Women Borrowing from the short stories of Maile Maloy, Kelly Riechardt’s latest poetic exercise provides a glimpse into the lives of three (very) loosely connected female characters in and around a spectacularly snow-dusted Montana. One is a lawyer (the always-excellent Laura Dern) dealing with a particularly disgruntled—and...

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