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  • Film Review: 'Always Woodstock'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - An innocuous romantic comedy, "Always Woodstock" stars Allison Miller as an aspiring songwriter who retreats from relationships and career dead-ends in Manhattan to the titular upstate burg, where Mr. Right and artistic fulfillment prove all too easy to find. Writer-helmer Rita Merson's first feature offers a heroine whose whininess is meant to be a lot more endearing than it plays, surmounting obstacles so weak they practically roll over and play dead for her. Even by its genre's comfort-food standards, this movie feels blandly circumscribed, almost child-proofed, as if any sharper reality or wit might be harmful to the intended audience. It opened in 10 U.S. markets (and Toronto) on Friday, but its modest surface polish and familiar supporting-cast faces will serve it better in ancillary sales.
  • 'Always Woodstock' has its rom-com hits and misses

     'Always Woodstock' has its rom-com hits and misses
    "I feel like I'm trying too hard," says Catherine Brown (Allison Miller), the nascent singer-songwriter at the center of "Always Woodstock." The same could be said of the film's writer-director, Rita Merson, whose overly familiar coming-of-age piece works...

    Woodstock will be remembered long after this forgettable comedy set there

    Only the faintest echo of hippy magic clings to "Always Woodstock," a romantic-comedy-with-music set in the storied village where all that musical and cultural history was made on Yasgur's Farm over half a century ago. "Always" is about Catherine, a...

    Film Review: 'You're Not You'

    Playing a fortysomething patrician woman afflicted with ALS, Hilary Swank gives a sensitive, nuanced illustration of the disease's horrible physical toll in George C. Wolfe's "You're Not You." Unfortunately, the film calls on her to play a disease more...

    Cara Silverman, Film Editor of Romantic Comedies, Dies at 54

    Cara Ruth Silverman, a film editor whose specialty was youth-oriented romantic comedies including "He's Just Not That Into You," has died. She was 54. Some of the highlights of her career were Parker Posey launcher "Party Girl," gay tale "Jeffrey," HBO...