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GIRLHOOD

Bande de Filles—misleadingly called Girlhood in English—is a new French film trying way too hard to be “commercial.” Instead of telling the story she really wants to tell about the downward trajectory of a beautiful but doomed teen named Marieme” (Karidja Touré), filmmaker Céline Sciamma fills the screen with scenes that look like mini-music videos.…

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APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

Brooklyn, 2014. "Shirin" (Desiree Akhavan) is a young bisexual woman from an Iranian family at loose ends after a break-up. Despite some promise, the film has a "been here/done this" quality that makes it difficult to care.  (JLH: 3/5) ************************* Well-intentioned first feature by writer/director Desiree Akhavan throws us yet again into the angst of a 20something seeking…

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WINTER SLEEP

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan and writer Ebru Ceylan’s Winter Sleep is a social drama of an Anatolian village. Aging landlord “Aydin” (Haluk Bilginer), his beautiful younger wife “Nihal” (Melisa Sözen), and his divorced sister “Necla” (Demet Akbag) languish in their hotel during its tourist off-season. They all believe themselves selfless people, and they pass their…

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ISN'T IT DELICIOUS?

Written and directed by Michael Patrick Kelly and co-written by Kathleen Kiley, Isn’t It Delicious brings us the comically dysfunctional Weldons as they are forced to confront their familial baggage when their mother, “Joan” (Kathleen Chalfant), is diagnosed with lung cancer. Father “Bill” (Keir Dullea), the more-liked parent and the martyr after Joan’s past affair,…