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Comedy-Romantic Comedy

A Hologram for the King

The movie version of a Dave Eggars novel wastes Tom Hanks and leaps headlong into cultural cliché.

Drama

Indignation

Philip Roth's veiled autobiography about early 1950s college life makes little headway on screen.

Demon

Marcin Wrona's portrayal of a wedding, and a haunting, is a brilliant look at historical denial.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Stephen Frears' biopic has star power (Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant) but remains ordinary.

Horror

Southbound

Four directors do a good job of situating purgatory on a California highway, until they run out of gas.

Thrillers

The Invitation

Karyn Kusama's horror-thriller has its moments, but fails to make the most of lingering menace.

High-Rise

Ben Wheatley's adaptation of a 1975 J.G. Ballard parable is beautiful to look at but dated in spirit.

Regression

Alejandro Amenábar's mediocre devil-worship thriller is really an object lesson in manipulated hysteria.

The Ones Below

David Farr's creepy thriller about babies and unstable mothers is at once unsettling but predictable.

Science Fiction

10 Cloverfield Lane

The prequel to "Cloverfield" is an ode to the menace of John Goodman, who steals this show.




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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