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LOVELACE

BioPic about Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) who broke all the rules for pornography in the early 70s before escaping from her abusive husband/manager (Peter Sarsgaard). Kudos to co-directors Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman for their inventive storytelling which lures us in & then looks behind the mirror. Every supporting player gets on base & Seyfried…

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THE TO DO LIST

7/30/13 Update: Listen to great interview with writer/director Maggie Carey on NPR! Kudos to writer/director Maggie Carey for creating a terrific first feature about a very brainy high school valedictorian (Aubrey Plaza) who wants to lose her virginity before heading off to college. With great respect for 3 interlocking circles (home, work & time with BFFs), there…

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JUST LIKE A WOMAN

In his American feature film debut, award-winning French director Rachid Bouchareb (plus screenwriters Marion Doussot & Joelle Touma) riffs THELMA & LOUISE, but how times have changed! Chicago-born "Marilyn" (Sienna Miller) married for love, but now her husband is unemployed & acting out. Meanwhile Egyptian-born "Mona" (Golshifteh Farahani) is in an arranged marriage, therefore a…