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On the last bright cold day before spring came to Brooklyn, Greta Gerwig was having her picture taken underneath the BQE, bare-legged in a sleeveless dress. Above her the photographer’s assistant fixed his bounce board and his thousand-yard stare with equal determination, zoning out as he tried to wrangle the best natural light for the 32-year-old actor, writer, and filmmaker. Below her were stairs leading into Battery Harris, the Caribbean restaurant on Frost Street,...
Mistress America Directed by Noah Baumbach Opens August 14 In the classical Hollywood screwball comedies that Mistress America echoes in the velocity and verve of go-getter Brooke Cardinas, you might have called it moxie. But whatever you call it, it’s not entirely clear it’ll work for Brooke (Greta Gerwig), who talks a terrific game, somehow managing even to air doubts as a kind of confident confusion, as she tries mightily to get money to start a comfort-food...

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