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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...
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....
13 Hours Directed by Michael Bay Opens January 15 Orson Welles famously referred to studio filmmaking as the “biggest electric train set a boy ever had.” In those terms, it becomes easier to understand Michael Bay—even when he’s not literally making movies about toys. The past decade of Bay’s filmography is majority Transformers movies, and that past-decade ratio will jump to five out of seven once the next one comes lumbering along in 2017. But despite the...

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