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  • DVD Review: Sturges takes a serious turn

    DVD Review: Sturges takes a serious turn
    Following on the heels of its Blu-ray of Preston Sturges' “Palm Beach Story,” Criterion has released an excellent edition of what many consider Sturges's greatest film, “Sullivan's Travels.” Joel McCrea plays John L. Sullivan — boy wonder director of movies like “Hey, Hey in the Hayloft” and “Ants in Your Plants of 1939” — who wants to make a “serious” film of real social value, based on Sinclair Beckstein's epic of agony “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” (Yes, this is where the Coen brothers got the title.) But, having led a pampered life, he decides to go out on the road for research, with 10 cents and pauper's clothing.
  • Capsule reviews of feature films

    BEYOND THE REACH. 2 stars. Michael Douglas is Madec, a heinously rich and morally heinous insurance mogul from Los Angeles who plays at big-game hunting in his spare time. The predictable story gets going when Madec accidentally shoots an old coot who...

    Review: 'Adult Beginners'

    Review: 'Adult Beginners'
    With an awful lot of American indies, there appears to be some sort of self-regulation in place preventing any serious highs or lows, any stylistic risks or surprises. Even if the scripts juggle comedy and drama in quick succession, it's as if they're...

    Reel Critics: 'Young' captures the restless

    Director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") takes us to unexpected places in his new offbeat dramatic comedy. "While We're Young" provides a revealing and very clever look at the life and times of two couples on the cusp of America's generational...

    'While We're Young' mines laughs, clichés from generational discord

    Writer-director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale," "Frances Ha") has made a career out of stories about fussy New Yorkers fretting about their lives in ways that are meant to feel so real as to be uncomfortable. In "While We're Young," the...