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Here at The L, we love seeing our profession represented onscreen, and are seriously excited to watch Bill Keller run around the newsroom with his sleeves rolled up and barking “Stet!” at various baggy-eyed underlings for 90 minutes, as all hard-boiled newspapermen do, constantly.
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
If this documentary is half as good as the scene in Fast Food Nation where Avril Lavigne tries to free the cows...
In the tradition of charter school-porn gotcha-mentaries The Cartel, The Lottery and Waiting for “Superman” comes a raunch comedy Chris Christie will love: Cammy Diaz plays the perpetually hungover title character, who hasn’t yet been removed to a rubber room, probably because of that dastardly UFT.
Da-na-na-na na-na, da-na-na-na, na-na, lock all my doors, da-na, here in my na, na-na, Pixar’s sequel to Paul Newman’s last movie. Have you gotten over Paul Newman’s death, yet? Us neither.
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
The newly bearded Coco is effervescent onstage and surly and embittered off it in this sympathetic fly-on-the-wall account of his post-Tonight Show comedy tour.
Cristi Puiu’s grimly prolonged follow-up to The Death of Mr. Lazarescu stars the Romanian director himself as an inscrutable man in turmoil; he made the film, he has said, to understand why people kill.
Indiewire 15th Anniversary
92YTribeca hosts a month of screenings and talks in honor of the Amerindie website of record, including a look back at another 1996 debut, Nicole Holofcener’s Walking and Talking.
BAM brings back 14 favorites, from 1950-1961, demonstrating all the different things—doe-eyed innocent, temptress, postwar fertility godess, do-gooder, tragic waif, comedienne—the great directors of the era saw when they looked at the platinum blonde.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
You remember what Pauline Kael supposedly said when Richard Nixon was reelected? “I can’t believe Nixon won. I don’t know anybody who voted for him”? Yeah. We think about that a lot.
The L’s very own outdoor film series presents a half-dozen well-worn VHS favorites in McCarren Park, suggestively close to the Turkey’s Nest margarita machine.
(Wednesdays starting July 6)
Revenge-of-the-workingman comedy will probably play like the part in Nine to Five where Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton kidnap Dabney Coleman, but without the progressive gender politics.
The Sleeping Beauty
Catherine Breillat’s second reimagined fairytale, after Bluebeard, is a further consideration of adolescent sexuality and the female imagination.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Just speculation, but we wouldn’t be surprised if late August sees the release of an extended cut. Warner Bros. is not going to give up their biggest-ever moneymaker without a fight.
Mysteries of Lisbon
An accessible four-hour adaptation of a 19th century novel by the prolific, ever-stimulating Portuguese director Raoul Ruiz.
Errol Morris’s latest consideration of human imperfection and the limits of certainty concerns the former Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney, who (may or may not have) kidnapped and raped a Mormon missionary in England in the late 70s, as you do.
Breakout Sundance hit concerns the discovery of a world behind the sun, and the guilt-stricken astrophysicist who wants to go there.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Perfectly cast, and at last toplining a studio tentpole, is Chris Evans, the greatest American actor now working. We are not kidding.