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Into the Forest Directed by Patricia Rozema Opens July 29 at Cinema Village Some postapocalyptic movies make way for tomorrow, inhabiting a modishly hellish future of one stage-managed form or another. Others, what might be termed the tick-tock variety, sit and watch the present, decaying. The spectacle of the civilized world deteriorating—as cars, clocks, food supplies, and human decency sputter out and fail—reflects upon the passage of time, which we ordinarily do everything within our power to...
Photos by Amanda Friedman There’s a certain thrill that comes from being in close proximity to a celebrity. Depending on their level of fame—and perhaps your emotional attachment to the famous person in question—you may find your heart fluttering, your stomach weighing you down, your mouth drying up as you make a supreme effort to say something interesting, something memorable. New Yorkers like to think we’re above all of this hero worship. Celebrities are all...
Freeheld Directed by Peter Sollett Opens October 2 It is a case perfectly situated to become a flashpoint. A decorated police officer, dying of cancer, wants to leave her pension to a loved one. But because the cop is a lesbian and has a domestic partner instead of a legal spouse, the county’s council of freeholders deny the request. The injustice of this—along with the terrible political optics—turn the case into national news, one cited as a...
Olivia Thirlby is “nowhere near a vegan.” But we’re sitting at a vegan restaurant in the East Village because she loves their shitake mushroom burger (when the waitress tries to take away her plate, she tells her, “I’m actually still eating this, there are pickles”). She also gets a kale, spinach, chard, broccoli and carrot juice for her mother, who texts her during the meal, requesting that she bring one home when she’s finished....

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