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Personal Shopper Directed by Olivier Assayas Opens March 10 It might sound strange to say Personal Shopper feels like a small film, when it stars Kristen Stewart as a buyer for a jet-set socialite and it’s directed by a major filmmaker like Olivier Assayas. An American in Paris, Maureen (Stewart) spends her days choosing clothes and accessories for her boss, who has the uberrich’s luxury of being perpetually absent. But Maureen’s own sense of absence, or unfulfillment,...
I Am Not Your Negro Raoul Peck Opens February 3 There is a moment in I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck’s masterfully eloquent living essay on race and America, when its subject/speaker/agonist James Baldwin decries how whites allow themselves to become “moral monsters” through unexamined bigotry. Quoting the phrase without further context or Baldwin’s typically vigorous rhetorical lead-up won’t capture its power, but suffice to say that Baldwin in this film conveys the very opposite...
Jackie Directed by Pablo Larraín Opens December 2 It’s amusing to imagine people seeing Jackie—one of two new films directed by Pablo Larraín that open in December—and then, diving into his back catalogue. Theirs would be a dive into the darkest depths of human nature and historical horror, inhabited by the damaged and the twisted, the latter of whose psychologies can challenge the bounds of viewer empathy. I’m thinking of the murderous Saturday Night Fever obsessive at...
Manchester by the Sea Directed by Kenneth Lonergan Opens November 18 Sullen or kid-like or both, Casey Affleck has rarely seemed like a robust figure to build a movie around, more often puppyishly indicating a person who’s not filling out his shoes rather than fitting the bill. But filmmaker-playwright Kenneth Lonergan, in only three strange films, has been attracted to actors able to thrive in an awkward phase, whether it’s Mark Ruffalo and his permanently protesting drawl...

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