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Uncle Kent 2 Directed by Todd Rohal Opens November 11 at the Alamo Drafthouse Usually the most salient praise that can be afforded a sequel or remake is that its existence owes more to inspiration than to accounting, but in the case of Uncle Kent 2, that’s something of a backhanded compliment. Reprising a modestly successful 2011 micro-indie, there are no focus groups or fan-sites willing this movie into existence. In fact, the whole endeavor is unavoidably...
This week, almost certainly for the first time, semen will appear to spurt right off Manhattan arthouse screens, as Love, a 3-D film featuring a whole lot of unsimulated sex, attempts to seduce audiences at the Angelika and the Village East. French aggro auteur Gaspar Noé (Irréversible, Enter the Void) wrote, directed, produced, and co-edited the “drama,” which chronicles the drug-fueled rutting of aspiring filmmaker Murphy (Karl Glusman), an American studying abroad in Paris. Echoing...
Digging for Fire Directed by Joe Swanberg Opens August 21 As the title suggests, there is indeed physical digging in Digging for Fire—but the "fire" isn't literal, nor is it as cosmic as anything in Quest for Fire or 2001: A Space Odyssey, two films a character jokingly references when Tim (Jake Johnson) unearths a bone in a backyard. Instead, as ever with filmmaker Joe Swanberg, it's an emotional fire married couple Tim and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt)...
One of last summer's nicest surprises was Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies, a transportation of his mumblecore skills into the slightly larger arena of less mumbly indie comedy. Swanberg was hardly the first DIY-grade filmmaker to get access to movie stars and a nicer rig, but his loose, improvisational style fit particularly well with stars Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, and Anna Kendrick, who created a complex yet low-key portrait of a sorta-love sorta-triangle. For Happy...

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