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Dir. Woody Allen
(2011, PG-13, 94 min)

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which has earned the director his best reviews in years, premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was the opening night selection, and what an appropriate selection it was. It’s not set in any real Paris but in a Paris of the imagination, a romantic retreat of art and culture and history, filtered through the wide-eyed nostalgia of an American writer (Owen Wilson), who is periodically transported to the City of Lights in the 1920s, when it was a bohemian mecca filled with chic parties attended by artistic icons like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo PicassoRead the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org.

Michael Cera, in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

Dir. Edgar Wright
(2010, PG-13, 112 min)
★ ★ ½

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World would be brilliant were it not for the Attention Deficit Disorder. It’s built on a clever and frequently touching metaphor of young love as a video game, filtering the anxiety of romance through the eyes of the post-Xbox generation. Love literally is a battlefield; instead of baggage, these characters have boss battles. But the film can’t keep still. It’s a funny, sweet, dizzying, over-caffeinated whirligig of disjointed gags bumping into each other at light speed. A lot of it works. It’s intelligent about romantic growing pains. But it needs a chill pill.

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