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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...
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Directed by Burr Steers Opens February 5 Serious question: does what goes in front of the camera matter anymore if the right properties are all in order? In staring down this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 glorified fanfic—which pairs only the best feminist bits of O.G. fangirl Jane Austen’s novel with the undead, martial arts, and former timelord Matt Smith—it’s quickly apparent that visual language is secondary to the Text, one that...
In its current and most recognizable iteration, that affiliated with Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival dates back to 1991, which means that many filmmakers who presented their earliest works at the festival are now cohabiting with a newer generation they’ve likely influenced. Included in that year’s lineup were novices Todd Haynes and Richard Linklater, alongside Barbara Kopple, who had already won an Oscar for Harlan County, USA, and canonical documentarians the Maysles....
On Monday, I sat inside Moloko, a Bed-Stuy bar, which has surprisingly flown under the press's radar considering that it has a full dinner menu, fantastic food-plus-booze happy hours specials, and serves a double-cheeseburger that is so herb-infused, so savory with its soft bun, crispy lettuce leaf, and plump pickles, that you might not even want to order it; once you’ve eaten one, you’ll want many more, and it can’t be healthy for any...

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