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Anna Karenina
Joe Wright's bold but empty imagining of Tolstoy's classic is set mostly within the walls of a theatre.
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Film Review  November 30, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...In this bold but empty imagining of Anna Karenina, director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) sets the action mostly within the walls of a theatre, swooshing his actors from center stage to greasepaint-slicked backstage and up into the busy rafters: This world is, quite literally, all a stage. It’s a neat conceptual trick that elucidates the stark class contrasts of imperialist Russia, in which the aristocrats are the main players and the helpmeets rush in from the wings, and illustrates the performative demands of a society tightly cloistered and cricketing with gossip..."

Anna and the King
Anna and the King might be a perfectly fine film if only it were possible to quiet the nagging inner voice that keeps asking, "Why?" Why remake The King and...
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Film Review  December 31, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat, Bai Ling, Tom Felton, Syed Alwi, Randall Duk Kim and Keith Chin. Anna and the King might be a perfectly fine film if only it were possible to quiet the nagging inner voice that keeps asking, "Why?" Why remake The King and I without the Rodgers and Hammerstein music and Yul Brenner in the role he branded for life? This new rendition gives more emphasis to Siam's internecine political rumblings and the East-West social conflict, and also provides the great Chinese actor Chow Yun-Fat with a starring role in a major American vehicle..."

Anna
A highly personal chronicle of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the maturation of filmmaker Mikhalkov's young daughter Anna, this extraordinary documentary from the Academy Award-winning director of Burnt...
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Film Review  September 5, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Nikita Mikhalkov. A highly personal chronicle of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the maturation of filmmaker Mikhalkov's young daughter Anna, this extraordinary documentary from the Academy Award-winning director of Burnt by the Sun at first strikes one as a Russian version of Michael Apted's 7 Up series, but it plays out much more wistfully..."

Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina
Just in case you're having trouble keeping those adulterous, tragically fated 19th-century heroines straight in your mind, this is the one who throws herself under the train. In this latest...
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Film Review  May 23, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...He also demonstrates a sharp eye for key scenes where the novel finds symbolic power in the stark wintry beauty of Russia. Ice cracking in a frozen river coincides with Anna's decision to accept Count Vronsky as her paramour..."

Miracle at St. Anna
Spike Lee fights the good fight but loses the battle in his bloated and muddled World War II epic that pays tribute to the Army's Buffalo Soldiers.
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Film Review  September 26, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Sadly, Lee’s finished product, Miracle at St. Anna, is a major disappointment, especially as it comes on the heels of the filmmaker’s greatest commercial success, Inside Man..."

Shout OUT: Anna Weingart
These are the people in our gayborhood: A net cast far and wide
DAILY The Gay Place  January 21, 2015, by Blake McCoy
"...Name: Anna Weingart Status: Austin, TX homegrown ID: Lesbian Queerly Quotable: “We’re not reinventing the wheel, we’re changing the circumstances.”..."

The Good Eye: Killer Outfits – Anna's Blue Dress
Isabelle Adjani is a devil in a you-know-what
Columns  October 16, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...If you haven't seen it, Adjani plays Anna, a woman who begins cheating on her husband Mark (played by Sam Neill) while he's out of the country on a mysterious assignment. When he returns, she tells him she wants to leave him but won't say why, pleading for time and space – omitting not just the fact that she's been having an affair, but the far more disturbing fact that she recently gave birth to a gooey, pulsating creature, which she is nurturing to tentacled adulthood while making love to it in a squalid West Berlin flat...."

Anna and the Apocalypse
Fantastic Fest 2017 preview
Screens Story  September 21, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...From Phantom of the Paradise to Repo! The Genetic Opera, somehow there's always a little blood on the orchestra. Add to that gore-drenched list Anna and the Apocalypse, where the undead besiege a Scottish high school, and the living respond with high notes and head smashing...."

Anna Freud: Under Analysis
The life of Anna Freud, the youngest child of Sigmund and Martha Freud who grew up to become one of the world's leading child psychologists, is profiled in this Austin-made...
Film Review  September 24, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Alana Cash. The life of Anna Freud, the youngest child of Sigmund and Martha Freud who grew up to become one of the world's leading child psychologists, is profiled in this Austin-made documentary that also uses local scholars and actors..."

Anna Rose Holmer on Her Feature Debut The Fits
"You had to just direct from this more guttural place and go for it"
Screens Story  July 21, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...Toni is the protagonist of The Fits, a Cincinnati-set independent drama that plays like Creed as directed by young Jean-Luc Godard. This beauteous new film is the feature-length debut of its writer/director, Anna Rose Holmer, and the Austin Film Society is bringing it to Austin for two exclusive screenings...."

Anna Deveare Smith Gets Under Austin's Skin
The packed house at Zach on Feb. 12 showed that Austin was ready for Anna Deveare Smith, and Smith proved herself more than ready for Austin
Arts Story  February 18, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Judging by the extended applause when she stepped onto the Kleberg Stage on Saturday, Feb. 12, Austin was ready for Anna Deveare Smith..."

Anna Nicole Smith, R.I.P.
What does this mean for Bush?
DAILY News  February 9, 2007, by Wells Dunbar


All the Vermeers in New York
This newest work from steadfast American independent filmmaker, Jon Jost, almost breaks out of his arthouse ghetto and into markedly familiar movie strategies like narrative and performance, making this his...
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Film Review  June 19, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Mark (Lack), a confident and successful Wall Street trader, finds solace from his work in the eternal beauty of the paintings in the Vermeer gallery of the Metropolitan Museum. While there one day he observes Anna (Chaulet) gazing at one of the Vermeers and is moved by her resemblance to the timeless women in the paintings..."

Chasing Liberty
A fictional president's daughter (Mandy Moore) skips out on her Secret Service minders (this doesn't remind us of any presidential daughters we know).
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Film Review  January 9, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Andy Cadiff. Starring: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Annabella Sciorra, Jeremy Piven, Mark Harmon, Caroline Goodall and Lewis Hancock..."

Costa Brava
Costa Brava (titled “family album” in English, is nothing if not a labor of love for its director and star Marta Balletbó-Coll. The first feature for Balletbó-Coll, Costa Brava tells...
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Film Review  May 24, 1996, by Alison Macor
"...After making Harlequin Exterminator and Intrepidíssima, two short films that won numerous awards in gay and lesbian film festivals around the world, Balletbó-Coll based Costa Brava on the story of two women of differing temperaments and their individual struggles to come to terms with their careers and their relationship. Anna (Balletbó-Coll) is a Catalan actress/monologist working on a videotape of her one-woman show to send to a San Francisco-based theatre company (loosely based on Frameline, a gay/lesbian film distribution company that was instrumental in the director's career) in the hopes of having her show accepted..."

Like Crazy
This is a love story love story about people of a certain age – which is not to be confused with a love story for the ages.
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Film Review  November 11, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...The camera, set back a distance, is alert but respectful, and there is an obstruction – a pole, maybe – getting in the way of our full view. It blacks out the edge of the frame so that we only see one person at a time – first Anna (Jones), British and bucktoothed lovely, then Jacob (Yelchin), who is all gentleness..."

Ida
Concisely but with great depth, this Polish film explores questions of individual and national identity.
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Film Review  June 13, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Anna (Trzebuchowska, an arresting newcomer) is an orphan and novitiate nun on the verge of taking her vows. Before she does so, however, her mother superior insists that Anna visit with her only living relative, an aunt whose existence was unknown to Anna up until that moment..."

Intimate Strangers
In this surprisingly romantic tale of confused identity and psychoanalysis, the doctor isn’t in, but the tax attorney is.
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Film Review  August 20, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...This modest French-language film follows the time-honored cinematic tradition of plot as spearheaded by a simple twist of fate. Case in point: Had Anna (Bonnaire) gone six doors down to the left, as instructed, she might have endured years of psychoanalysis and prescription drugs..."

Damage
Based on Josephine Hart's best-selling novel, Damage recounts a man's attempt to fathom the unfathomable, with tragic results. Dr. Stephen Fleming, a high-ranking member of the British Parliament, seems destined...
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Film Review  January 29, 1993, by Steve Davis
"...The dispassionate, controlled distance he puts between himself and everything else has set him adrift in an unspeakable loneliness. Enter the enigmatic Anna, his son's twentyish girlfriend whom he meets at an embassy cocktail party -- their eyes lock for an uncomfortable period of time, few words are spoken between them -- and, in an instant seeming like an eternity, the bloodless existence Stephen has always known immediately gives way to inexplicable compulsion, a sexual fixation for which he risks the loss of his family, his career, and -- perhaps most important -- the order he has imposed on the world..."

The Commune
Life in a Seventies Danish collective is not all that
Film Review  May 26, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...As the movie opens, Erik (Thomsen) and his wife Anna (Dyrholm), parents of Freja, inherit the old family house where Erik grew up. An architecture professor, Erik wants to sell the house, believing it too big for nuclear-family life and too expensive to maintain..."

Funny Games
Austrian moralist Haneke fashions a tense drama from the sadistic games people play.
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Film Review  September 18, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...“What you see in the movies is what you see literally.” That's the guiding principle behind Haneke's film, and though the argument is fatally flawed, the director nonetheless makes an astonishingly disturbing case that rivals that of Rémy Belvaux's Man Bites Dog in terms of the issues it raises and the frisson it engenders. Lothar and Mühe play upper-middle-class mother and father Anna and Georg, who, with their young son Georgie (Clapczynski), are on their way to their lakeside home for a summer vacation..."

Band Aid
A couple works out their problems through song
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Film Review  June 23, 2017, by Danielle White
"...Directed by: Zoe Lister-Jones. Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel, Brooklyn Decker, Retta and Colin Hanks...."

The Originator, Not the Imitator
My Lunch With Anna Quindlen
Books Story  March 27, 1998, by Marion Winik
"...illustration by Jason Stout I first encountered Anna Quindlen in The New York Times. I read her "Life in the 30's" and "Public and Private" columns as only a wannabe can - critically, jealously, and religiously..."

The Love Witch
Blood sugar sex magick
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Film Review  November 11, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...Directed by: Anna Biller. Starring: Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Jennifer Ingrum, Gian Keys and Stephen Wozniak...."

My Sister's Keeper
Nick Cassavetes' reign as the go-to waterworks man remains uncontested.
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Film Review  June 26, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Generalissima is mother Sara (Diaz), a former lawyer who quit her job to devote herself full-time to battling Kate's cancer. Sara attacks with a single-minded ferocity, one that stretches to the ethically questionable decision to engineer with her firefighter husband, Brian (Patric), a genetically compatible "designer baby" named Anna (Breslin)..."

Sugar
Sugar, by the makers of Half Nelson, follows a major league hopeful's path from a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic to stateside spring training and single-A ball in rural Iowa.
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Film Review  May 8, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Starring: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland, Ann Whitney, Ellary Porterfield and Jaime Tirelli..."

The Best Intentions
Working from Ingmar Bergman's highly personal script, director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror) gives us a glimpse into the lives of Bergman's parents, from their hesitant first meeting in 1909,...
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Film Review  September 25, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...When we first meet him, Henrik Bergman (Froler) is a reserved, almost painfully shy young theology student -- he looks like a character out of an Ibsen play. Invited to dinner at a friend's home one night, he meets, and simultaneously becomes enamored of, young Anna Akerblom (Pernilla August), the daughter of Johan (Sydow) and Karin (Norby)..."

Miracles From Heaven
This Christian-centric film wears its faith on its sleeve
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Film Review  March 18, 2016, by Steve Davis
"...Directed by: Patricia Riggen. Starring: Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, Kylie Rogers, Queen Latifah, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez, Brighton Sharbino, Bruce Altman, Hannah Alligood and Wayne Pére...."

When Marnie Was There
Will this ghost story be the final film from animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli?
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Film Review  June 5, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...While this film’s title owes no actual debt to Hitchcock, When Marnie Was There is indeed a study in damaged psychology, and the inner world of a young woman – girl, actually – who appears to be unable or unwilling to connect with the world around her. “I wish to have a normal life every day,” writes the tomboyish protagonist Anna, although it’s only when her foster “auntie” sends her to the rural marshlands of Hokkaido that her full, tragic backstory begins to emerge..."

Beginners
Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor play father and son in this lovely drama about what happens to both after the older man discovers near the end of his life that he's gay.
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Film Review  June 24, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...From the moment of birth, we become imprinted by outside forces, most crucially those of our parents, so even if we resolve to scour clean Mom's and Dad’s identifying marks on us, that very act of rebellion is a reaction to, and therefore a confirmation of, their ineluctable influence. When we first meet 38-year-old Oliver (McGregor), his patterns of speech, his quirks, his method of pitching woo to a stunning French actress named Anna (Inglourious Basterds’ Laurent) seem wholly his own..."

Keeping the Faith
Edward Norton, comic genius? Not quite, though this, Norton's first film behind the camera, is a self-assured romantic puffball that neither grates nor lingers too long in the memory. It's...
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Film Review  April 14, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...For such a slight film, it's consistently amusing: no easy feat for a first-time director. The premise is straight out of Jackie Mason: Brian Finn (Norton) and Jake Schram (Stiller) were childhood pals who fell in love with Anna Reilly (Elfman), the little girl next door..."

Downton Abbey: The Holy and the Broken
There, there, Anna – you'll feel better before the hour's up
DAILY Screens  January 27, 2014, by Melanie Haupt
"...You guys, I can’t even with this Anna’s rape storyline, so let’s get it out of the way up front, shall we?..."

Downton Abbey recap: Episode 5
Cora gives Lord Grantham the cold shoulder
DAILY Screens  February 8, 2013, by Melanie Haupt
"...Previously on Downton Abbey: Isobel hired a hooker (to work as her maid/cook). Bates and Anna grokked Vera’s Evil Suicide Pie plan..."

Frantz
A bitter-sweet romance in the aftermath of WWI
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Film Review  April 7, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...It’s 1919, just after World War I, and the wounds haven’t begun healing in Europe yet, especially in the German town of Quedlinburg, where Anna (Beer) tends to the grave of her fiancé, the titular Frantz (von Lucke), killed in the war, although no body lies beneath, lost in the battlefield. When Anna discovers Frenchman Adrien (Niney) at Frantz’s grave laying down flowers, it sparks a mystery, a bittersweet romance, and deception from both parties..."

Table 19
Table 19 plays like a concept in search of a movie. Granted, the concept is pretty good – a batch of six strangers bond at a wedding when they are...
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Film Review  March 3, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, Wyatt Russell, Amanda Crew and Thomas Cocquerel...."

Eastern Promises
In Cronenberg's film about the Russian mob in London, the director and star Viggo Mortensen relates a corker of a story.
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Film Review  September 21, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Written by Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight, Eastern Promises plays at first like several films at once. The story begins as London midwife Anna (Watts) delivers the baby of a very young, needle-scarred mystery girl, who dies, leaving behind only her offspring and a small diary written in Cyrillic, which eventually leads Anna into the orbit of grandfatherly Russian mobster Semyon (Mueller-Stahl in a performance that puts you in mind of St..."

Scarlet Diva
Cinematic Self-Destruction for Fun and Profit 101: That's Scarlet Diva in a nutshell, although the directorial debut from the progeny of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento and actress/author Daria Niccolodi...
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Film Review  October 18, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Her offscreen life often appears calculated to freak out the moms and dads of the world (her own included) -- that terribly sexy angel tattoo covering the better part of her nether regions being a prime example. The film, rumored to be autobiographical in all but the dullest bits, has Argento as Anna Battista, a model-actress who, at her core, is, as she tells us, “the loneliest person in the world.” As everyone knows, the best way to offset loneliness (at least in the movies) is through rampant hedonism, and so throughout the film Anna indulges in a series of seemingly random couplings, binges on illicit drugs, curses like a sailor, and dresses in extreme, outrageous outfits that look a lot like, well, like Asia Argento..."

A Woman's Tale
Written specifically for lead Sheila Florance, this new film from Paul Cox (Vincent, Golden Braid) is a semi-autobiographical account of the last days in the life of Martha, a withered,...
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Film Review  July 17, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...Aided by Milinka (Dobrowolska), her nurse, Martha resolutely continues to dole out snippets of wisdom and love to those in her circle of friends including, among others, the failing, semi-senile man next door and the young prostitute who works out of the park next to Martha's house. With a overly concerned son and a landlord anxious only for her to depart so he can rent out her home, the old woman finds her closest ally in her nurse, with whom she shares the accumulated secrets of a life well-spent; Anna, it seems, is the only one who can understand and value her fierce independence in the face of terminal illness, and, in turn, Martha graciously allows Anna to meet her married lover for trysts in the house..."

Double Bind
Double Bind is a compilation of four short films that all share themes of ambivalence between mothers and daughters. All four films are directed by women who hail from England,...
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Film Review  February 28, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...From the daughter's perspective, the mother's eyes are false lies. Anna Campion's movie, The Audition, is the most immediately familiar and least challenging of the bunch..."

The Girl on the Train
Another girl gone in this tedious adaptation
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Film Review  October 7, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...Emily Blunt plays Rachel, a sad alcoholic who torments herself by riding the commuter train every day past the house she used to share with ex-husband Tom (Theroux). From her window seat, she watches Tom with his new wife Anna (Ferguson), frolicking in the yard with their new baby, and also the idyllic-seeming couple two doors down, Scott (Evans) and Megan (Bennett)..."

A Most Violent Year
Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain anchor this simmering drama set in the semi-lawless New York City of 1981.
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Film Review  January 23, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...The ever-magnetic Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) plays the self-made Abel Morales, who we glean has risen from a humble delivery driver to marry the boss’ daughter, Anna (Chastain, Brooklyn-tough terrific), and buy out his business, Standard Heating Oil. At the film’s beginning, Abel and Anna – she’s his tricksy CFO – place a down payment on pier-front property that will most certainly take the company from family business to major player..."

Pitch Perfect
Despite the cookie-cutter dysfunction seen in this college girls' a cappella group, this film film can be a lot of fun.
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Film Review  September 28, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Jason Moore. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Anna Camp, Adam DeVine, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins...."

Getting Physical
Anna Deavere Smith returns to Austin to investigate the resilience of the human body
Arts Story  May 12, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...When she was here last year, Anna Deavere Smith showed us a bit of Austin's soul, through theatrical portraits she created of some signature local personalities she'd interviewed: Molly Ivins, Eddie Wilson, Ann Richards, Cynthia and Lidia Perez, et al. Now, the noted playwright and actor is back in our town, but this time she's more interested in our bodies..."

Three Women Abroad
Tuesdays, April 4 through May 16, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown
Screens Story  March 31, 2006
"...Piccadilly (1929)D: E.A. Dupont; with Anna May Wong, Gilda Gray, Jameson Thomas, Cyril Ritchard, King Ho-Chang, Charles Laughton, Hannah JonesApril 11..."

Stepmom
Motherhood is a perpetually dangerous place, filled with dread and fear and necessary losses. By their very nature, our children must depend on us, reject us, abandon us. But we...
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Film Review  December 25, 1998, by Hollis Chacona
"...Jackie, for all her russet earth-motherness and exaggerated civility can't help but detest her glamorous successor, and Isabelle's earnest efforts just make her more irritating. The children resent the interloper, especially 12-year-old Anna who turns her considerable adolescent venom and contempt on her vulnerable stepmother at every opportunity..."

Whatever
Troubled suburban teenhood - it's rich narrative subject matter at least as old as the movies. It's hard to add much that's new to the film genre that has bred...
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Film Review  August 7, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Also, her film departs from the standard coming-of-age pack in its particular focus on 17-year-old girls and its vivid re-creation of their specific concerns. Anna (Weil) is a high-school senior in an anonymous Jersey town, who desperately wants to grow up and grow out of her situation..."

Equity
High-wire drama about women working on Wall St. is also made by women
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Film Review  August 19, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Meera Menon. Starring: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Craig Bierko, Nate Corddry and Carrie Preston...."

The Duke of Burgundy
This character study of mistress-and-servant lesbian role-playing is gratifying without being sexually explicit.
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Film Review  February 6, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Peter Strickland. Starring: Chiara D’Anna, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Fatma Mohamed, Eugenia Caruso, Kata Bartsch and Monica Swinn...."

Margaret
A tangled post-production history kept this Kenneth Lonergan film from completion for six years, and its story about teenage trauma suffers as a result. But, oh, what a cast.
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Film Review  October 7, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan. Starring: Anna Paquin, J..."

What's Your Number?
Anna Faris does more nose-scrunching than acting in this abrasive comedy about people acting stupidly.
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Film Review  September 30, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Mark Mylod. Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor, Blythe Danner, Ed Begley Jr., Joel McHale, Chris Pratt, Anthony Mackie, Martin Freeman, Zachary Quinto and Thomas Lennon...."

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