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“Begin Again,” “They Came Together,” and the New Rom-Com

The obituary for the traditional romantic comedy has already been written hundreds of times, but those who are just reading the headlines are missing the point. It’s not that the rom-com is dead; rather, the traditional form of the genre – with its outdated notions of love and regressive gender roles – has little use…

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“Thanks for Sharing” Tackles a Taboo Subject with Ease

You know what’s great about writing reviews for the Washington City Paper? You get to put double entendres right in your title. That’s what I did in my review of the terrific Thanks for Sharing. Here’s an excerpt: [I]f you transposed the template of Thanks for Sharing onto a film about any other type of addiction (alcohol, drugs, etc.), it…

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“Margaret” Deserves an Audience

“It is the blight man was born for.  It is Margaret that you mourn for.” – from “Margaret, Are You Grieving,” a poem by Gerald Manley Hopkins “Margaret,” the sophomore effort from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan, is a film about New York, a city with 8 million stories. So it is only fitting that “Margaret” arrived…