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Bad Moms Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore Opens July 29 From (two of) “the dudes who brought you The Hangover” comes another entry in the proliferating Bad/Dirty-verse still ruled by 2003’s Bad Santa (Dirty Grandpa was a late overachiever). It arrives fortuitously on the heels of Ghostbusters as another male-helmed but woman-centric repurposing of old product, though Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are attempting something more than a Hangover, Hall Pass or their own 21...
   Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film July 14-24 at Japan Society A more sociologically woke Japan Cuts curtain-raiser would coolly elucidate the thematic and aesthetic through-lines in the festival’s content that give clues to how the Japanese live now, and how the country’s recent artistic output takes the temperature of the zeitgeist there. But this iteration’s thoroughgoing eclecticism would make such conclusions inevitably pat and labored, even if I was clever enough to conjure...
In 1983, Life magazine assigned photographer Mary Ellen Mark and writer Cheryl McCall to cover the youth homelessness problem in Seattle, a city chosen specifically because it had recently been named the country’s “most livable,” thus illustrating the hushed-up ubiquity of the epidemic. Soon after, Mark and her husband, director Martin Bell, were commissioned to make a film covering the same ground. The result was the brutal-but-beautiful Streetwise, a film full of thrilling vérité...
Love & Friendship Directed by Whit Stillman Opens May 13 The pairing of Whit Stillman and Jane Austen was a match written in destiny ever since Audrey and Tom (who’d only read Lionel Trilling’s Austen criticism) debated the merits of Mansfield Park in 1990’s Metropolitan (or even—who knows?—since Stillman read his first Austen story). Both share an abiding, near-pathological interest in the intricacies of upper-ish class manners and caste delineations, observed with a slicing yet sympathetic eye...

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