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Night Moves (2014)

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3.5 out of 5

Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) and Dena (Dakota Fanning) are eco activists living in rural Oregon. The people they surround themselves with are conscientious do-gooders trying to improve the ecosystem with one small film and organic farm at a time, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for Josh and Dena.  The two have a bigger plan in store that involves teaming up with fellow radical environmentalist Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard). In reality, though, there are never easy fixes and they are to forced learn that the hard way.

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The Weekend 5

  • Two reflections on Robin Williams’ untimely passing.
  • Rebecca Mead on the scourge of ‘relatability’ in culture.
  • An excellent video essay on films in the summer of 1979.
  • And just to lighten the mood: Robert Crumb’s No Hope diagram.
  • Trailer of the Week: Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani’s The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

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The Weekend 5

  • What do Neil Young, Kurt Cobain, and other disabled rockers teach us about working with disability and chronic illness?
  • Radiohead’s motion picture soundtracks.
  • A great article on Vivian Maier, street photography, and consent.
  • 8bit grunge.
  • Trailer of the Week: Kevin Smith’s Tusk

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The Weekend 5

  • Its time for another round of infographics on gender inequality in film.
  • A hilarious look at a family going to an art show.
  • How When Harry Met Sally used physical spacing to tell its love story. (thanks Karolin!)
  • Why Gilmore Girls was secretly a Twin Peaks tribute show.
  • Trailer of the Week: Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love

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Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)

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2.5 out of 5

French sculptor Camille Claudel (Juliette Binoche) was a talented artist who was once Rodin’s muse and lover. Things between them went sour and Camille began feeling paranoid about Rodin’s intentions and her life’s work being destroyed by his lackeys. Her family tore her away from her life in Paris and admitted her to a mental asylum, which is where she wound up staying for the rest of her days.

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The Weekend 5

  • Every character of Orange is the New Black as they appear on Law and Order.
  • Actors who could play siblings.
  • Why MTV Unplugged matters, even when it doesn’t.
  • “Fake” effects aren’t always “bad” effects.
  • Trailer of the Week: Justin Simien’s Dear White People

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The Double (2013)

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4 out of 5

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is spineless, lonely young man working in a meaningless bureaucratic job while pining for co-worker Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) with no conceivable shot at finding comfort, pleasure, or success. To describe him as meek would be an understatement. On a humdrum day like any other, a man named James Simon who looks like a carbon-copy of Simon appears in his office. They strike up a fast friendship but matters soon turn sour.

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The Weekend 5

  • R.I.P. Maya Angelou.
  • 30 Whedon-Verse WTF Moments (warning: spoilers).
  • The birth of twee in film.
  • Why horror is good for you (and even better for kids).
  • Trailer of the Week: Zach Parker’s Proxy.

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The Weekend 5

  • The most hilariously cringe-inducing romantic dialogue in movie history.
  • Has life in the age of casual magic made moviegoers numb to the amazing?
  • Lauren Morelli writes about how writing for Orange is the New Black changed her life dramatically.
  • Conflict in literature.
  • Trailer of the Week: Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria 

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