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    White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

    The only other Gregg Araki movie I've seen to date is Mysterious Skin (2005), which I considered to be one of the best movies of its year. Watching White Bird in a Blizzard, I can see certain similarities in his approach to life in the suburbs, and the way that young people grow up there. It's not an entirely optimistic view; nothing is easy or clean, and happy endings are not common. But kids can get tough and have a way of surviving. The difference between what made Mysterious Skin great and what makes White Bird in a Blizzard merely good is that the new film takes time out to surprise us with a mystery story. Mystery stories are fine, but this mystery is far less interesting than the characters themselves. read more...
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      White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

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      • With: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Thomas Jane, Shiloh Fernandez, Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Mark Indelicato, Sheryl Lee, Angela Bassett, Dale Dickey, Ava Acres, Jacob Artist, Jill L. Johnson, Brenda Koo, Michael Patrick McGill
      • Written by: Gregg Araki, based on a novel by Laura Kasischke
      • Directed by: Gregg Araki
      • MPAA Rating: R for sexual content/nudity, language and some drug use
      • Running Time: 91 minutes
      • Release Date: 10/31/2014
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      Toni Erdmann (2016)

      Written and directed by Maren Ade (Everyone Else), the strange German film Toni Erdmann recently snagged the #1 spot on Cahiers du Cinema's top ten list, and looks to be the front-runner for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It's made with Ade's usual immersion into life, intense focus on character and behavior, but at its heart, it's a lot like a Mike Myers film that goes on too long. read more...
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      Toni Erdmann (2016)

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      • With: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Ingrid Bisu, Vlad Ivanov, Victoria Cocias
      • Written by: Maren Ade
      • Directed by: Maren Ade
      • MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use
      • Language: German, English, Romanian, with English subtitles
      • Running Time: 162 minutes
      • Release Date: 12/25/2016
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      Mississippi Grind (2015)

      This could have been an ordinary road trip/gambling movie, but instead it concerns itself with human frailties, behavior, and desires. It deals in layered characters, operating in a vivid world. The co-writer and co-director team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar, It's Kind of a Funny Story) are great humanists who seem to care less about narrative flow than they do about organic characters. The characters are both rich creations, with intriguing surfaces and complex inner workings. read more...
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        Mississippi Grind (2015)

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        • With: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard, James Toback
        • Written by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
        • Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
        • MPAA Rating: R for language
        • Running Time: 108 minutes
        • Release Date: 09/25/2015

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