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  • The Weekend

    The Weekend

    ★★★★

    Stella Meghie’s latest falls into the grand tradition of 'Obvious Child' and 'The Incredible Jessica James': films that seem designed to turn a quirky supporting player into a straight-up movie star. The beneficiary this time around is 'Saturday Night Live'’s Sasheer Zamata, who boasts killer charisma, sly comic timing, and a toolbox of pettiness and shade that is downright aspirational. She plays a struggling stand-up who spends a weekend at her mom’s country bed-and-breakfast with her ex-boyfriend — they’ve remained…

  • Pink Wall

    Pink Wall

    ★★★★½

    Writer/director Tom Cullen (who co-starred in 'Weekend') helms this intensely intimate and at times uncomfortable character study, which hopscotches through six years of a complicated relationship. Tatiana Maslany and Jay Duplass forcefully capture the specific rhythms of both an old and new couple — the giddiness with which they open themselves up initially, and then how they’ll go for those soft spots later, and push on them until they bruise. There are scenes here that are so personal, it feels like we shouldn’t even be in the room. But we are, and the authenticity of these moments, of both great joy and great pain, is astonishing.

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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★½

    “In one instant, her behaviors turned from charming to borderline psychotic.” So notes Tracy (Kirke) of Brooke (Gerwig), the title character of Noah Baumbach’s latest chronicle of the bohemian facades and generational navigation in New York City. Free of much of the cynicism but none of the bite of last spring’s 'While We’re Young,' Baumbach and co-writer Gerwig’s screwball treat beautifully captures the way a slightly older, seemingly together mentor-type figure can first seem to be everything you hope to…

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★★★

    Here’s a weird thing that happened: a sold-out SXSW audience saw a “work in progress” cut of 'The Disaster Artist', James Franco’s film adaptation of Greg Sestero’s first-person account of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s legendarily bad movie 'The Room.' And it’s a very funny film about a very weird and untalented dude, and we all had a great many laughs at the expense of this guy and his terrible film. But we were also watching it with Mr. Wiseau…