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Dir. Jacques Audiard
(2012, R, 120 minutes)

Rust and Bone is a film consisting of a handful of separate story threads that never quite come together into a unified whole. It’s structured too loosely for my taste, lacking a strong narrative connection between one subplot and the next. Like life, I suppose, it’s not about any one thing; it’s the sum of different experiences and relationships. But sometimes life could use a stronger screenwriter.

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Dir. Steven Soderbergh
(2011, PG-13, 106 min)

What’s interesting about Contagion you probably won’t notice except in hindsight: there’s no melodrama in it. The things we might expect to find in an all-star Hollywood thriller are notably absent here. There are no grandstanding speeches, no Jack-Bauer-of-the-CDC medical hero who plays by his own rules, no mustache-twirling evil general leading a government conspiracy, no Shyamalanian eleventh hour twist. It’s almost completely straightforward, built on the inherent tension of a storyline that, to be sure, doesn’t need any enhancement: a few sudden, isolated deaths around the world snowball into a global epidemic.

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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.

Leonardo DiCaprio, in 'Incepption'

Dir. Christopher Nolan
(2010, PG-13, 148 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

I want to go swimming in this movie. Inception is so full of imagination, of visual and narrative invention, of filmmaking verve, and yet with a strong emotional thread that pulls us through its labyrinth of consciousness, that I want to luxuriate in it for hours. I can’t say for sure after one viewing whether all its dots connect, but I was increasingly spellbound the deeper I went, and when it’s over there are tantalizing mysteries left to uncover. Its possibilities — and the possibilities under its possibilities — may be limitless.

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Penelope Cruz, in 'Nine'

Dir. Rob Marshall
(2009, PG-13, 119 min)
★ ★ ½

Nine is a watchable and intermittently satisfying film, but I’m not sure what it’s about. It’s based on the Broadway musical inspired by Federico Fellini’s famed semi-autobiographical film . I saw a few years ago for a film class; I’m not sure I knew what it was about either.

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Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, in 'Public Enemies'

Dir. Michael Mann
(2009, R, 140 min)
★ ★

Directed by Michael Mann (The Insider, Collateral), Public Enemies recounts the crime spree of Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), but it’s all glossy surface, a conventional gangster saga that colors inside the lines.

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