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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Opens March 4 “It is funny, but not overly so, which seems fitting,” wrote Kim Barker in the New York Times about this filmed version of her 2011 memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which details the journalist’s years embedded in war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan. That’s bang-on on all accounts—the laughs are sparse but usually solid when they hit, and the sparing application of comedy is appropriate for yet...
Zoolander 2 Directed by Opens February 12 The original Zoolander taught post-9/11 America how to laugh again. Not really, but it helped, at least after its middling box office evolved into word-of-mouth warm feelings and good home viewing sales. Justin Theroux, the evil, “Relax”-spinning DJ from the first film and a co-writer and performer in the sequel, probably overstates it when he compares the original to an “underground film”, but it was refreshing to join in the...
Heat & Vice: The Films of Michael Mann February 5-16 at BAM Billed as “New York’s first complete retrospective of the master auteur’s modern take on urban noir,” BAM’s series includes all of Michael Mann’s features, but you won’t find any of his significant work producing, writing and directing television movies like The Jericho Mile and L.A. Takedown, the amateurishly acted shoestring blueprint for the masterpiece Heat. There also isn’t space for his work on shows...
Action and Anarchy: The Films of Seijun Suzuki November 6-17 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Timed to coincide with the release of Tom Vick’s Time and Place are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki, this series offers 21 of the maverick director’s films—a healthy sampling of his massive output that manages to go beyond the canonical mid-60s gangster movie style experiments for which the retired 92-year-old auteur is best known. The book’s title is...

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