Day: May 5, 2015

Film Review: ‘Meru’

May 5, 2015

Harrowing and ultimately moving, “Meru” charts the efforts of three of the world’s best mountain climbers to conquer an “impossible” Himalayan peak that has never been successfully scaled before. There’s no lack of high drama here, with some of the most hair-raising developments taking place between the trio’s attempts to climb the titular pinnacle. Jimmy Chin and […]

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Film Review: ‘Hot Pursuit’

May 5, 2015

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Throughout the 87-minute runtime of the action-comedy “Hot Pursuit,” director Anne Fletcher returns again and again to two gags about her stars’ appearances. In one, Sofia Vergara endures cracks about her age, which one character estimates as 50; in another, Reese Witherspoon is needled about having a mustache. These bits come […]

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Film Review: ‘Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict’

May 5, 2015

Image Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival It’s been 36 years since Peggy Guggenheim’s death, and the debate still rages: Was she a connoisseur in her own right, or was her taste entirely formed by the men around her? Needless to say, such a question would never be asked with such persistence of a male art […]

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Film Review: ‘The Beaver Trilogy Part IV’

May 5, 2015

Between 1979 and 1985, cult director Trent Harris made three different films about a character he dubbed “Groovin’ Gary,” aka “the Beaver Kid,” a small-town Utah dreamer with big Hollywood ambitions. That triptych — which comprises an eccentric TV profile and two short-film re-enactments starring Sean Penn and Crispin Glover — eventually found its way to […]

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Film Review: ‘A Royal Night Out’

May 5, 2015

“Why have a ballroom with no balls?” trilled Princess Anna in Disney’s 2013 smash “Frozen,” voicing the social (and perhaps sexual) yearnings of any number of repressed, restless princesses in the fairy-tale universe — as well as, if the delightful “A Royal Night Out” is to be believed, the young Queen Elizabeth II herself. Imagining […]

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