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Comedy-Romantic Comedy

Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes)

Argentine director Damián Szifron shows how little things gone amiss can produce dark twists.

Wild Canaries

Laurence Michael Levin's screwball comedy is neither screwy nor particularly funny.

Drama

Trois couleurs: Blanc (Three Colors: White)

Kieslowski's "Three Colors: White" still ranks among the "sweetest" revenge movies ever concocted.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Michael Keaton is the mesmerizing fall guy in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s movie about acting, celebrity and identity.

Whiplash

For an indie movie, Damien Chazelle's jazz boot camp story has a decidedly Hollywood feel.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Sam Taylor-Johnson's painful take on E.L. James's BDSM novel leaves everyone shackled.

Inherent Vice

Stoner movies risk drugged-out self-indulgence, and Paul Thomas Anderson's latest qualifies.

The Duellists

There's plenty of style to spare in Ridley Scott's Napoleon-era first feature.

Horror

The Canal

Irish writer-director Ivan Kavanaugh's haunted house riff does all the right things, but flatly.

Westerns

The Homesman

Tommie Lee Jones again proves himself at home making and starring a Western.




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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