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The Good Eye: Tales From the Aging Box
Two actresses opine on when the only opportunity left is to play a mother. (Or a grandmother.)
Columns  March 12, 2015, by Amy Gentry
"...It's not that Seretti has anything against grandmas, cool or otherwise. But Seretti, a lean, fierce actress who loves action films, can see the walls of the "aging box" closing around her...."

Aging Gracefully with Slug
MC matures ahead of Friday’s sold-out Atmosphere show
DAILY Music  March 1, 2016, by Alejandra Ramirez


Aging With Grace
Hyde Park Bar & Grill, feeding a city across three decades
Food Story  December 20, 2013, by Rachel Feit


Are California Chardonnays Worth Aging?
Winemaker Brian Talley Says Yes and Brings Proof
DAILY Food  August 1, 2012, by Wes Marshall


Big Dogs, Young Rebels, and Aging Giants
The Austin promoters who bring the music come in all shapes and sizes
News Story  October 8, 2010, by Richard Whittaker


The Wrestler
In the latest film from Darren Aronofsky, Mickey Rourke rips his tattered name from the dustbin of history with his portrayal of an aging professional wrestler.
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Film Review  January 9, 2009, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...As far as I’m concerned, you can keep your Sean Penns and your Brad Pitts and your Frank Langellas; if there’s any justice in the world, this year’s best actor Academy Award will be going home with Rourke (assuming Rourke has a home and doesn’t just sleep in alleyways and bus stations). In the latest from Aronofsky (Pi, The Fountain), Rourke rips his tattered name out from the dustbin of history with his portrayal of Randy “the Ram” Robinson, an aging professional wrestler (and fellow dustbin inhabitant) who long ago said goodbye to the thrills of Madison Square Garden and hello to the dreary resignation of run-down gymnasiums: Nowadays Ram spends more time wrapping cold cuts at a grocery store than he does body-slamming opponents in the ring..."

Any Given Sunday
Stone's tale of a professional football team is full of excess, machismo, and a ripped-out eyeball.
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Film Review  December 24, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...It's all spleen-pulverizing about nothing, though Stone strains mightily to invest his film with the appropriately testicular meaning. Pacino plays Tony D'Amato, the aging coach of the beat-down Miami Sharks..."

A Way Back to Tenderness
Writing workshops serve Austin's aging and their caregivers
Arts Story  December 27, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"...In a series of writing workshops that culminated this winter, Badgerdog, a program of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, teamed with the Mobile Art Program and Health's Angels, a service group of St. David's Foundation Community Fund, to help Austin residents like Stephanie and Keith Peco cope with one of the most common predicaments faced by aging couples...."

Happy End
Michael Haneke creates a mosaic of French bourgeois life.
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Film Review  December 21, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Anne (Huppert) balances her management of the family's construction company with her bickering relationship with her son Pierre (a wild-eyed Rogowski), and a long-distance relationship with British corporate lawyer Lawrence Bradshaw (Jones). Her brother Thomas (Kassovitz) is learning to become a father to a teenager as his daughter Eve (Harduin) moves in after her mother mysteriously overdoses; and all the while aging patriarch Georges (Trintignant, trenchant yet fragile) slips in and out of lucidity...."

Cars 3
Third times not a charm for this franchise
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Film Review  June 16, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Having said that, you can nearly always count on even the least of Pixar’s projects to be better and more thoughtful than any of their rivals, and that remains the case here. Adults will instantly notice that Cars 3 begs, borrows, and steals bits and pieces from everything from Moneyball to virtually the entire Rocky Balboa series to tell this iteration’s tale of aging hero race car Lightning McQueen (Wilson) coming to grips with the fact that he’s not the badass speed racer he used to be..."

I'll See You in My Dreams
Blythe Danner is exquisite as a 70-year-old widow entering the dating fray
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Film Review  June 5, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Old people and dogs are my Kryptonite, so I probably should have just closed my notepad and excused myself from critical duties when I’ll See You in My Dreams opened with both, snuggling in bed. Blythe Danner – now 72, and eternally luminous – plays Carol, a longtime widow particular in her ways and wary of anything that might complicate her routine, which involves long walks with her aging dog, garden work, golf, and cards with her best gal pals, who keep needling Carol to give up independent living and move into their comfortable retirement community...."

The Congress
This live-action/animated hybrid starring Robin Wright is total stoner bait.
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Film Review  August 29, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Folman’s English-language feature puts an intriguing spin on the story, framing it around the story of an aging Hollywood actress – played by Robin Wright, playing a version of Robin Wright (she also produced) – who is contemplating the last contract offer she’ll ever receive. Confronted by her loving but frustrated agent (Keitel) with Robin’s long career of “lousy choices” (“lousy movies, lousy men”), Robin eventually shakes hands on a unique deal with the devil – here, el diablo is played by Danny Huston’s “Miramount” studio boss..."

Grudge Match
This boxing riff stars Stallone and De Niro, but it's hardly the stuff of Rocky vs. the Raging Bull.

Film Review  December 20, 2013, by Marc Savlov
"...A remarkably uninspired movie overall, Grudge Match is pure pablum melodrama all the way down to the final count. Two veteran actors playing two aging warhorses, both nursing the 30-year-old titular grudge, are brought together to finally vie for the TKO, and the results are deeply dispiriting..."

Men in Black 3
Josh Brolin's spooky good impersonation of the younger Tommy Lee Jones is the only fresh thing happening in this sequel.
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Film Review  May 25, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...This third outing is devoid of anything remotely resembling a clever cultural subtext. It looks and feels exactly like what it is: a cookie-cutter comedy overstuffed with 3-D (pointless), CGI-crafted spectacle (unavoidable at this point), and a soppy backstory about aging Agent K (Jones, a craggy grace note in an otherwise graceless film) that wouldn't be out of place in some alternate-universe television drama..."

Red
Over-the-hill crime-fighters band together to save their own in this smirky, goofy mashup of a rom-com and action picture.
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Film Review  October 15, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ernest Borgnine, Brian Cox and Richard Dreyfuss. Proof, if more were needed, that the artistic collision between the aging baby boomers and their comic book-obsessed progeny makes for some mighty strange, but not unentertaining, bedfellows, Red features four leads with a combined age of 257 – add the grand, Methuselean Borgnine to the mix and you get a nice, round 350 – who alternate between waxing eloquent on the ephemerality of youth and resuscitating said salad daze by blowing shit up real good..."

The Weather Underground
Former members of the Weather Underground still know a thing or two about "which way the wind blows" in this always timely documentary.
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Film Review  September 26, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Sam Green and Bill Siegel. Checking in with some of the aging core members of the infamous late-Sixties-Seventies radical group the Weather Underground proves to be a wonderful reality check..."

O Amor Natural
Recently unearthed erotic poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade is used by the filmmaker as an opening gambit for frank conversations about love and sex with random Brazilians.
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Film Review  August 7, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...Granted, there's some shock value in hearing a petite octogenarian talk about her fantasies of borderline S&M sex (“The images are violent because I'm violent … none of that softy stuff”). But why should that be? So dispiriting is the prospect of desexualization through aging that Simone de Beauvoir once wrote the long, deeply depressing The Coming of Age on the subject..."

Sidekicks
All of you who have at one time nursed the notion that Joe Piscopo may be some sort of lower life form are proven correct in this silly waste of...

Film Review  May 7, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...All of you who have at one time nursed the notion that Joe Piscopo may be some sort of lower life form are proven correct in this silly waste of celluloid from the team that brought us Missing in Action III: The Spanking (or whatever it was). Aging “G.I..."

Honeymoon in Vegas
The challenge Bergman seems to find interesting is taking a potentially repugnant subject, slap it on the screen and in the audience's face, and make it both palatable and funny....
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Film Review  August 28, 1992, by Kathleen Maher
"...James Caan has also played a member of the Corleone family, Sonny, and he has his sweet side too. Unfortunately, Nicolas Cage doesn't run into that side of the aging gangster when he loses a high stakes poker game and it is only a genuine fear for his life that makes him consider for a minute Caan's request for a chaste weekend with girlfriend Parker..."

Will You Still Love Me When I'm 64?
Where do old queens go when they don't own a palace?
Screens Story  June 19, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...These factors started Raval thinking about the aging process and the idea of "an aging community .... I did a lot of research at first, and I uncovered a lot of startling statistics" about heightened levels of discrimination, neglect, and exclusion faced by gays over 55..."

Let the Corpses Tan
Deliciously lurid crime drama is pulp in all the best ways
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Film Review  September 7, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...In their films, characters are components. But Löwensohn's Luce is an amoral fury, as much death goddess as aging libertine, a figure who drives the imagery as much as she is captured by it..."

Logan
Hugh Jackman sports those famous mutton chops for the final time
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Film Review  March 3, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...But even more singular in the comic-book movie canon is the richness of the relationships in this three-hander. Logan forces Wolverine out of his preferred loner persona and into two surrogate roles: as a father figure to a runaway (played by newcomer Dafne Keen, who possesses a perfect scowl) and, even more movingly, as a kind of son to the aging Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart), who is losing his mind..."

The Salesman
Gripping drama from the director of A Separation
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Film Review  February 3, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...But it might surprise Trump and his followers, so governed by a fear of “otherness,” to discover Farhadi’s films are more familiar than they are foreign. Aging parents, blended families, husbands and wives struggling to communicate and find affordable housing and choose forgiveness over revenge – these are not just topics of interest in Iran..."

Trolls
Banal plot mars this toy marketing scheme
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Film Review  November 4, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...There’s nary a hint of the original Troll dolls' disconcerting unearthliness in this utterly tame although vibrantly animated feature from DreamWorks Animation. Target-demographically precise gags, songs, and the often downright psychedelic visuals will mesmerize the pre-teen set, but parents and aging collectors of one of the biggest fads to sweep Sixties and Seventies pop culture should feel free to grab 90 minutes of free nap time while the wee ones get an eyeful...."

Uncle Kent 2
Meta-sequel to the Joe Swanberg film
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Film Review  September 2, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...When it’s brain-achingly frustrating (which it often is), that’s utterly deliberate. An arch commentary on both worthless indie ramblings and soulless studio sequels, it’s also oddly charming, marbling its indie intellectualism with Osborne’s goofy humor and aging slacker mournfulness...."

Dough
A Jewish baker and his Muslim trainee douse their bread with marijuana
Film Review  May 6, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Not reviewed at press time. An aging Jewish baker in London hires a young black Muslim immigrant to help bake bread..."

Ricki and the Flash
Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme, Diablo Cody combine talents, but where's the magic?
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Film Review  August 7, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Clad in black leather pants, bangles, and dopey braids, Ricki Rendazzo (Streep) fronts an aging house band that plays covers for a sparse but devoted bar crowd in Tarzana, Calif. Pay attention to the geography: The San Fernando Valley is miles from L.A.’s epicenter of rock – where Ricki once hoped to hit it big – and even farther yet from Indianapolis, where her estranged family lives..."

Manglehorn
Al Pacino stars in David Gordon Green's shot-in-Austin drama
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Film Review  July 3, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...He moves with the weightlessness of a man intent upon avoiding the encumbrances of human relationships. An aging locksmith eking out a living in a small Texas town (note the Austin locations) where he once coached Little League baseball, this loner-by-design channels all of his affection and devotion to his beloved long-haired cat, Fanny..."

Lambert & Stamp
Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp were two would-be filmmakers who wound up managing the Who
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Film Review  May 15, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...To Cooper’s credit, Lambert & Stamp frames its story around the titular partnership of these two hustling impresarios, which ended up yielding far more than just the Who. At times, it’s a bit like being cornered and regaled by actor Bill Nighy’s aging rocker Billy Mack from Love Actually, but certainly more interesting, and a rewarding and informative document of some unlikely visionaries of maximum rock & roll...."

Listen Up Philip
The director of The Color Wheel is back with this film about a narcissistic and abrasive young novelist.
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Film Review  December 5, 2014, by Steve Davis
"...It’s part of the dress code, proof that you can tell a book by its cover. The only person who Philip does not strive to alienate is his famous mentor and role model, Ike Zimmerman (Pryce), an aging Jewish-American author feeling the impotence of writer’s block, a character clearly based on another Philip, the esteemed (and notably anti-social) literary giant, Philip Roth..."

The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Stunningly beautiful, Studio Ghibli's latest animated film is a real work of art.
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Film Review  October 31, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The story opens as an aging bamboo cutter discovers a miniature princess in a glowing bamboo stalk and, cupping the strange creature in his hands, brings her home to his wife, whereupon the tiny figure morphs into a human baby they call Kaguya. From there, the infant grows in rapid, unearthly spurts, while playing with her friends (who call her “L’il Bamboo”) and remaining the apple of her adopted parents’ eyes..."

The Expendables 3
As action stars of yesteryear and tomorrow pop in and out, they demonstrate what expendable really means.
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Film Review  August 15, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The third entry in this franchise is as monotonous and forgettable as its drab and prophecy-fulfilling title seems to indicate. Sylvester Stallone is still at the helm of the mercenary black-ops crew hired by the CIA, but although he directed the first scrappy entry in this franchise and had a hand in co-writing all three, Stallone is outgunned by a flotilla of aging action stars and newby reinforcements in this scattershot configuration..."

Letters at 3AM: The Sadness That Stays
When the world inside you is no longer the world around you, that's called aging
Columns  April 18, 2014, by Michael Ventura
"...What the radical life-extenders don't grasp is that even if you quote-unquote solve death, and even if you extend the healthy lifespan by a century or two, you have not solved or even addressed the core experience of aging. Physically, you may not look and feel older, but you'll be older...."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action
Childhood, aging, and geographic diversity are common themes in these dramas from around the world.
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Film Review  February 8, 2013, by Leah Churner
"...This year’s Live Action lineup honors a group of directors who’ve had successful careers in advertising, acting, recording, and arts activism. All serious dramas, the five selections also share certain themes – childhood, aging, and geographic diversity – with Best Picture nominees Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, and Zero Dark Thirty..."

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
A troupe of top-tier British thesps raises this crowd-pleasing pap into something enjoyable,
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Film Review  May 11, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In a fluid opening montage, the audience is introduced to seven aging Brits who, for one reason or another, have decided to pick up stakes and move to Jaipur, India, and take up residence in what is being advertised as a newly restored retirement home. The first of the film’s many predictable surprises is that the hotel is a fixer-upper, a dilapidated shell of its former glory and hardly anything that qualifies to be called the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel..."

The Salt of Life
This Italian import by the director of Mid-August Lunch addresses the concerns of aging men who realize they are no longer attractive to young women.
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Film Review  April 6, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Although it’s told in a breezy fashion, The Salt of Life wishes to address dispiriting subject matter: an aging man’s psychological trauma when he recognizes that he is no longer viewed as a sexual object by women. This Italian import may have greater resonance for the men of Casanova’s native land than it does internationally, but it definitely hits on truths infrequently addressed in the movies..."

In Time
Andrew Niccol writes and directs this science fiction thriller that stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.
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Film Review  November 4, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Borrowing a dash from Logan's Run and a dollop from Bonnie and Clyde, the concept is that in the near future, time has become the most precious commodity. To combat overcrowding and diminishing resources, all humans stop aging at 25 and the clocks on their arms start counting down..."

Le Havre
Aki Kaurismäki's distinctive blend of deadpan humor and quotidian melodrama comes through in this new film.
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Film Review  November 4, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...André Wilms is the wonderfully named character Marcel Marx, a name redolent of cinema and social history. An aging shoeshine man who claims to have been a bohemian in his younger years, Marcel loves his drink and his saucer-eyed wife Arletty (Kati Outinen, a Kaurismäki regular)..."

Win Win
Paul Giamatti stars in this dark comedy from the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor.
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Film Review  April 8, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...An angel has lost a wing, and Mike – a decent, if uninspiring guy – is en route to his own fall from grace. Under mounting debt, he bilks an aging client named Leo (Young) for extra cash, knowing the old man's dementia virtually guarantees his malfeasance will go undetected..."

The Illusionist
From the director of The Triplets of Belleville comes this new animated feature, which is based on an unproduced script by the great French filmmaker Jacques Tati.
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Film Review  February 11, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Nearly broke, the nameless illusionist takes his act (including a snappish rabbit in the iconic top hat) on the road to Scotland, eventually landing in Edinburgh. Along the way this overcoat-wearing, slightly befuddled anachronism attracts a young stowaway, Alice, who becomes both a helpmate and source of fresh vitality for the aging illusionist..."

Never Let Me Go
The children in this story are born into a system that values them for their disposable body parts, not their discrete personalities.
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Film Review  October 8, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...A movie, alas, must move faster and with less finesse: Here, that fact is dropped like a bomb (hence American critics, with their native rebellious streak, crying foul), but still, these well-trained children take the news and soldier on – so very British. In their later bloom, aging ever closer to donation, they are portrayed by a forceful triumverate of British actors: Oscar nominee Mulligan (An Education) – tight-lipped and watchful – plays Kathy; Knightley is the bullying but magnetic Ruth; and The Social Network’s Garfield, gangly and halting, is Tommy, a once-raging child who as a man has not yet found his voice..."

Tooth Fairy
Due to a misdeed, a tough hockey player, played by Dwayne Johnson, must serve as a tooth fairy for a week, tutu and all.
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Film Review  January 29, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...How many screenwriters does it take to screw in this dim bulb? Five – no joke – and another one credited with “story by.” That’s a lot of hands at work, with very little of value to show for it. Normally an ingratiating presence, Johnson is deeply unlikable here as Derek “The Tooth Fairy” Thompson, an aging ice hockey player riding out his career in the minors as muscle and not much more; his nickname refers to his signature trait of knocking the teeth from his competitors..."

Cheri
Another dangerous liaison, this one based on the Colette novella, reunites director Stephen Frears and star Michelle Pfeiffer.
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Film Review  June 26, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...They don’t make women, sexy but regal, like Pfeiffer much anymore, and Cheri is quite a monument to her. (Good on that, because not only do they not make women like that anymore, they don’t hire them to top-bill major motion pictures, either.) Here, as a courtesan aging out of an industry and an epoch, Pfeiffer is enmeshed in another dangerous liaison, this one with the child of a once fellow, now former, courtesan named Madame Peloux, who is played by the sporting but still miscast Kathy Bates..."

Is Anybody There?
Michael Caine stars as a magician who's come to live in a retirement home when his mental faculties start to fail.
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Film Review  May 1, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, David Morrissey, Charli Janeway, Anne-Marie Duff, Rosemary Harris and Angie Inwards. "Rage, rage against the dying of the light," mutters Caine as an aging magician put out to pasture at a Yorkshire retirement home..."

Gran Torino
Clint Eastwood directs and stars in what could be a perfect career-capper due to the perceptive way the character he plays seems to be a culmination of all the roles he's played before.
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Film Review  January 9, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...As director, Eastwood's usual economical yet efficacious style marks the film, but it is his performance that is really the heart of this show. Still lithe and taut in his movement, Eastwood nevertheless allows his aging body to sag in places and shows how Kowalski’s body doesn’t always respond fully to his bidding..."

JCVD
Jean-Claude Van Damme is the JCVD of the title, and in this career-adjusting film, the Muscles From Brussels advances from laughingstock to smart, respectable action-film star.
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Film Review  November 21, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The whole situation is a dark reflection of Van Damme's real life in which his five marriages, a custody dispute, and legendary drug, violence, and money problems have been the stuff of international headlines. JCVD shows us Van Damme as a defeated, sympathetic man, a hulk of aging flesh and blood (and muscles)..."

What We Do Is Secret
Darby Crash, the L.A. punk rock junkie godhead leader of the Germs who died of an overdose in 1980, is revivified in this long-gestating but strangely sterile biopic.
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Film Review  October 17, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Such is the stuff of great drama, and this forever-gestating (20 years, give or take) Crash/Germs biopic has been whispered about nearly as long as Crash's life span. It's just another sad (but totally apropos) case of poetic injustice then that What We Do Is Secret plays like a dope-addled, Slash Records TV Movie of the Week for the aging hardcore set, who will doubtless gnash their remaining teeth in frustration and go back to listening to the band's corrosively brilliant (and sole) studio LP, (GI), while watching Penelope Spheeris' "you are there" superdoc The Decline of Western Civilization for the umpteenth time..."

The Rocker
Rainn Wilson's goofy, puppylike charm makes this comedy about overage, overweight rockers passing on the glories of rock & roll to the next generation a palatable exercise.
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Film Review  August 22, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...This allows him the space to finally rock out with his cock out (literally, at one point) and pass the rockin' torch to Generation Later, Dude. An aging rocker teaches his youthful charges how to bring the noise? Will Arnett in full-on metal regalia? What's not to love? There's not that much, actually, but serendipitously there's little to hate here, either..."

Triad Election
When the time comes for an aging gangster godfather in Hong Kong to step down, a bloody battle for control ensues in this vivid story about thug life.
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Film Review  August 3, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...To, who made his international reputation with 1993’s fantasy actioner The Heroic Trio, hews more closely here to the Triad criminal potboiler formula of countryman John Woo: unapologetically sentimental, concerned with questions of masculine honor, punctuated with bursts of violence. To is less grand a stylist, his action stagings more modest; a sort of workmanlike grit pervades the film – bare-bones pacing, moments of almost clinical overhead camerawork, romantic montages of boxing and men shaking hands..."

La Vie en Rose
How do you tell the true story of the nearly mythical popular performer Edith Piaf? In epic proportions, of course.
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Film Review  June 22, 2007, by Toddy Burton
"...The film jumps back and forth between her journey to stardom and her later days. A withered figure at 44, Piaf resembles an aging Judy Garland – tragically old beyond her years..."

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