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The Book of Mary (1985) Directed by Anne-Marie Miéville Miéville’s short is customarily paired with Godard’s Hail Mary, but beyond the constant collaboration between the two directors (and the fact that they’re an item), they aren’t truly connected beyond the name shared by both protagonists: in this case, a young girl who finds herself growing up amidst her parents’ divorce. The short quietly relates moments we all know, from life or from fiction: the reveal in...
Hands of Stone Directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz Opens August 26 Boxer Roberto Durán grew up poor in Panama and became a champion boxer, trained by the legendary Ray Arcel. Hands of Stone, his inevitable biopic, doesn't, at its core, contain much more information than that sentence, but in movie-boxing terms it positions Durán as a sort of simultaneous Rocky and Apollo Creed: A scrappy underdog from humble beginnings and a cocky champion who doesn't believe he can...
The King of Comedy (1982) Directed by Martin Scorsese A belated twin to Taxi Driver, and the missing link between The Shining and Larry Sanders. In scouring-brush mustache and a ghastly succession of leisure suits, De Niro’s Rupert Pupkin fixates on—and ultimately kidnaps—a Carson-like TV host played by Jerry Lewis. The comic’s performance is one of masterful and astringent stillness, as precisely controlled as the seemingly spontaneous pratfalls and vocal tics that made his reputation, his...
The Intern Directed by Nancy Meyers Opens September 25 Nancy Meyers: auteur. To misquote Robert De Niro in The Untouchables, laugh the first time because it’s funny, but the second time because it’s true; The Intern is Meyers’s most streamlined all-in-one package yet, a film about two obsessive-compulsive attentions to detail that happen to meet—in lieu of the expected love story—at exactly the right time. Anne Hathaway stars as Jules Ostin, the wildly successful young CEO of...

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