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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,...
De Palma screens at 6pm on Wednesday, September 30, as a special presentation of the 53rd New York Film Festival, with codirectors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, and subject Brian De Palma all in attendance. A24 has acquired the film's distribution rights. This is my fourth year covering the New York Film Festival, and one of my fondest festival memories, oddly enough, is seeing Brian De Palma's Passion back in 2012. Hardly anyone would dare...
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...
Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, New York City's premier occasion for public debauchery, but if you'd prefer to bamboozle your emotional sensibilities rather than your liver, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting a series entitled Growing Up Baumbach, highlighting three films by the acclaimed filmmaker (and recent Brooklyn Magazine cover subject). Bonus for attending the screening: you'll be inside, while the lesser among us wander the streets in a drunken haze, occasionally...

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