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Drama

Trash

Stephen Daldry's Rio-set delight pits destitute boys against conniving local authorities.

X+Y

British director Morgan Matthews' debut feature tackles math, love and autism.

Still Alice

Julianne Moore and Kristin Stewart make a film about Alzheimer's into a powerhouse.

Stonehearst Asylum

Brad Anderson uses a Poe story to concoct a mental asylum period piece.

The Heart Machine

Skype, make-believe and lies can be "fun," but don't count on an enduring relationship.

Blue Ruin

Jeffrey Saulnier's low-budget thriller transforms rural Virginia into into a medieval dungeon.

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Sinister

Scott Derrickson's foray into paranormal serial killings contrives its suspense.

Eden Lake

James Watkins saw the brooding talent of Jack O'Connell but stock horror has its limits.

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Night Moves

Kelly Reichardt's movie can't decide if it's about ecoterrorism or youth estrangement.

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I Origins

Mike Cahill goes off the rails in his sci-fi bid to makes eyes into a faith-driven life form.




Date: 1993
Directed by: Nanni Moretti
Starring: Nanni Moretti, Jennifer Beale

Caro Diario

Nanni Moretti’s version of Fellini’s “Roma,” though he widens the lens. Three skits bring together all that’s trenchant and whiny about Italy’s favorite leftist filmmaker. There’s a Vespa homage to Pasolini with Jennifer Beals along the way (and Keith Jarrett’s throbbing piano); a charming foray to the Aolians in which "The Bold and the Beautiful" plays a key role; finally, Moretti rants on about doctors (he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma). Warts aside, this is an irresistible Rome (and Italy) movie because all the political slings and arrows illustrate a typical Italian paradox: cynical optimism.

Reviewed by: Marcia Yarrow
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