Sharp, funny and dead-on accurate about the way we live now, "While We're Young" is not a film about eternal youth but, rather, about coming to terms with growing older. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more.
For 15 years, Pixar and DreamWorks have been in an ongoing battle for animated entertainment. It was never like the rivalry of Coke vs. Pepsi - a feud between two ultimately similar types of sugar water - because there's a clear winner in this taste battle every time.
As she celebrates the 50th anniversary of "The Sound of Music," the lively and humorous Julie Andrews, 79, spoke with The Times by phone recently about the status of the movie musical genre, her blossoming friendship with Lady Gaga and the complexity of the Oscars' best picture category.
It was a flood of messages from concerned friends abroad that alerted the president of Tunisia's Star Wars fan club that the sets of his beloved film were under attack by militants — at least according to exaggerated reports in the foreign press.
There is a very specific portrait of a lady that has long enthralled Hollywood. A young woman of modest means falls for an older man of wealth. Both the woman and the man are transformed by love, and though it might seem indelicate to mention, the money factors in. A significant improvement in social station for the woman comes with the commitment.
John and Bonnie Raines were an ordinary young married couple in the early 1970s. Raising three children in a Philadelphia suburb, he was a college professor, she was a homemaker. John had been a Freedom Rider in the 1960s, and he and his wife each attended anti-war protests. But neither showed a particular predilection for radicalism.
Some nice visual gags help lift “Home,” the new animated adventure from DreamWorks, above the routine, but not by much. Small fry will get a kick out of this ultimately heartwarming sci-fi tale, but their parental units won’t find it especially memorable.
The combination of a feeble script, unnecessary music montages, unlikable characters and so-so animation leave "Home" a close encounter of the dull kind. E.T. would use his call to phone the theater to get his money back.
Director David Robert Mitchell's "It Follows" is similar to that nightmare you had that was so terrifying that it woke you from a sound sleep. The images that were so vivid before you awoke are now like the jumbled pieces of a puzzle. But despite the disjointed nature the images are clear enough to remind you of the fear you felt.