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IN THEATERS: ‘Cafe Society’ Is A Light And Dark Delight

Director Woody Allen’s latest film “Cafe Society” opens today at Zinema 2. True to form, Allen weaves humor with love, modern “tragedy,” success and neuroses in this film starring Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. It’s 1930s Hollywood, and Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) flies in from the Bronx, hoping to work for his powerful uncle…
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STREAMING REVIEW: ‘Extraordinary Tales’ A Fun And Lukewarm Tribute To Poe

The pool of animated films for adults has steadily been increasing with “Persepolis,” “Beowulf” and the latest “Anomalisa.” Tack on “Extraordinary Tales,” an anthology of five works by Edgar Allen Poe that’s been reimagined by Raul Garcia, whose credits include “The Lion King,” “Tarzan” and “Hercules.” In “Extraordinary Tales,” a crow named Poe, swoops into a…
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STREAMING REVIEW: Get Uncomfortable With ‘(Dis)Honesty’

Everybody lies. That’s the main thread in documentary “(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies.” Through interviews with philosophers, psychiatrists and marketing reps, this documentary gets to the heart of BS. Some pros: a philosopher shares his decision to not tell his kids about Santa Claus or the tooth fairy and a mother talks about hiding a…
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IN THEATERS: Learn To Live From The Dead In ‘Swiss Army Man’

With films like “The Lobster,” “Ex Machina” and “Room,” studio A24 is quickly becoming one to trust if you’re looking for something imaginative, in-depth and soul-stirring. Its latest is “Swiss Army Man,” a comedic, philosophical powerhouse that opens Friday at Zinema 2. In it, Hank (Paul Dano) is lost at sea and ready to hang…
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STREAMING REVIEW: ‘Unexpected’ Delivers A Bundle Of Surprises

“Unexpected” aims to blaze a new trail of teacher-helps-student-out-of-the-classroom movies. In it, inner-city teacher Samantha (Cobie Smulders) gets unexpectedly pregnant. It’s bad timing because her school’s closing at the end of the year, and she doesn’t have another gig lined up, though she frequently views an online posting for her dream job. Her favorite distraction…
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