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Biopics

J. Edgar

A nuanced Leonardo DiCaprio charges up Clint Eastwood's history of FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover.

Comedy-Romantic Comedy

Enough Said

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini are two adults in love — maybe.

Drama

The Counselor

Cormac McCarthy's pretty but burdensome prose weighs down Ridley Scott's drug drama.

Nancy, Please

Andrew Semans plays sinister chords in a jagged little move about paranoia.

Fear and Desire

Stanley Kubrick's restored first feature is jagged, amateurish and fascinating.

Mamma Roma

Pasolini's second feature, powered by Anna Magnani, is an ode to Rome's dispossessed.

Ida

Paweł Pawlikowski's brief story about a Polish nun is a haunting Holocaust remembrance.

Horror

Berberian Sound Studio

A little warped sound goes a long way in a British horror film set in the Italian 1970s.

Thrillers

Haywire

Steven Soderbergh has a way with "wild" women, which Gina Carano proves.

Science Fiction

Elysium

South African Neill Bloomkamp never gains traction in a hackneyed sci-fi fantasy.




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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