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Happy Hour Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi August 24-30 at MoMA It would be a disservice to readers not to mention it at all, so let’s get it out of the way: Happy Hour is five hours and 17 minutes long. Moreover, it is not an episodic experience like the silent serials or so many lengthy European projects that, through planning or incident, premiered on television. Happy Hour is simply a long film that feels no need to...
A Tale of Love and Darkness Directed by Natalie Portman Opens August 19 Despite the enormous popularity of Amos Oz’s autobiographical novel A Tale of Love and Darkness, director Natalie Portman ran into resistance trying to make her $4 million adaptation, in no small part because she insisted the film’s dialogue be entirely in Hebrew. Her insistence reflects her passion for the project as well as her ties to Israel, her country of birth, and her Jewish...
My King Directed by Maïwenn Opens August 12 at Lincoln Plaza There is an old axiom that any relationship that begins in a bar is destined to fail. Appropriately, the protagonist’s brother (Louis Garrel) predicts “it won’t last” immediately after My King’s “Meet Cute,” set just outside a bar/club. So begins a ten-year amour fou between a criminal lawyer and a restaurateur notable not for its histrionics but for its subtlety; it feels neither hysterical nor false....
collective:unconscious Directed by Daniel Patrick Corbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein, Frances Bodomo and Lily Baldwin August 5-11 at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP Don’t think about elephants. The effect of that statement is similar to the introduction of collective:unconscious, in which hypnotist Daniel Ryan explicates the trance-like experience of watching movies and its proximity to dreaming. As he eases you into that state, in which all external distractions are tuned out and the sounds...

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