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Jennifer Christman

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Review: Mercurial Mistress

posted: 09/04/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

There are quite a few things to like about Mistress America, this week's Noah Baumbach movie. It's breezy, zipping by in a Billy Wilder-like 84 minutes. It introduces us to the splendid Lola Kirke, who, while well into her 20s, is very convincing as a clever 18-year-old college freshman who falls under the spell of Ditz Goddess Brooke (Greta Gerwig). And finally, it has some very funny lines, some of which sound like smart things actual smart people might say.

Review: A Walk in the Woods

posted: 09/04/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Rather like a fun, geriatric version of Wild, this long-aborning film version of Bill Bryson's enormously genial 1998 book A Walk in the Woods is a jolly good time, sparking dozens of chuckles and a few strong laughs. Nothing special cinematically, it still provides a welcome showcase for wonderful star turns by Robert Redford, who also produced, and Nick Nolte as two oldsters who attempt to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. With smart handling, this breezy entertainment should become one of those occasional films that draw a significant older audience out of their homes and into cinemas.

Kim Campbell laughs at jokes, dodges punches

posted: 09/04/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

"Even though he's in the late stages of Alzheimer's, and he's lost most of his ability to communicate verbally, he's still trying to entertain," says Kim Campbell of her husband, Glen Campbell.

War Room nearly tops Compton

posted: 09/04/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Straight Outta Compton continued its streak at No. 1, but it was the faith-based family drama War Room that shook up the box office by debuting at No. 2.

Buckley-Vidal film: Power of debating

posted: 09/04/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Like most of us, documentarian Robert Gordon has many firm opinions. The Memphis-based director is quick to suggest his favorite spot to eat between his city and Little Rock ("There's a place called Craig's Barbecue and across the street is the Family Pie Shop -- I like it even better than going to Little Rock: It's really the reason for the trip," he says). But even though Best of Enemies, the new documentary he made with his good friend and frequent collaborator Morgan Neville, about the scintillating series of debates between the ultra-conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and his arch-nemesis, the radical liberal Gore Vidal, that aired on ABC during the highly contentious 1968 presidential election, is essentially political, the left-leaning Gordon knew better than to turn this into some kind of biased celebration. Instead, the pair have made a fascinating film about two highly combative men who were probably a good deal more similar than either cared to admit. He sat down with me at a posh Philly hotel bar and elaborated on his two subjects, and the ways in which the nature of their argument has presaged our current political discourse.

REVIEW: Phoenix

posted: 09/04/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Set in the aftermath of the Holocaust, Phoenix takes viewers on a risky journey of self-discovery. Bleak and beautiful, it's a moody drama built on subtle performances and a stunningly well-written script. Setting it apart is an enigmatic ending that allows viewers to come to their own conclusions.

Home Movies

posted: 09/04/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

The D Train, directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel (R, 97 minutes) The D Train is a subversive black comedy about the absurdities of high school reunions. Before it runs out of nerve, the film is a well-observed consideration of the pathetic dynamics of male ego and the caste-setting function of high school.

COMING MOVIES

posted: 09/04/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) The Perfect Guy, PG-13 Michael Ealy plays a guy, fueled by rage and jealousy, seeking revenge against the woman (Sanaa Lathan) who ended their budding relationship. With Morris Chestnut, Charles S. Dutton, Kathryn Morris; directed by David M. Rosenthal. Sept. 11

PREVIEWS

posted: 09/04/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

New this week A Walk in the Woods 89 R Robert Redford plays a celebrated travel writer who, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Emma Thompson) and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the rugged Appalachian Trail, accompanied by his long-lost former friend (Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before it's too late.

Helpful Hints

posted: 09/04/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I love your hint for rolling clothes to fit more into a suitcase. Here is my travel hint: When traveling to a destination, I do not roll my clothes; I fold them as usual. When I am traveling home, I then roll the clothes and magically have a lot of extra room in my suitcase.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 09/04/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. This year brings inspiration thanks to a partnership with someone from a different generation. Projects coming together this month require up-to-the-minute efficiency, which happens to be your specialty. Powerful people will be impressed and will promote your cause. Capricorn and Libra people adore you.

On Christianity

posted: 09/04/2015 1:41 a.m. Comments 10

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How do you know the Bible is true? Maybe some people just got together one day and made it all up. As far as I'm concerned, it's a bunch of myths.

Super Quiz: Elvis Songs

posted: 09/04/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

1. "Well, since my baby left me, I found a new place to dwell."

COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

posted: 09/04/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) The Perfect Guy, PG-13 Michael Ealy plays a guy, fueled by rage and jealousy, seeking revenge against the woman (Sanaa Lathan) who ended their budding relationship. With Morris Chestnut, Charles S. Dutton, Kathryn Morris; directed by David M. Rosenthal. Sept. 11

PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

posted: 09/04/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

New this week A Walk in the Woods 89 R Robert Redford plays a celebrated travel writer who, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Emma Thompson) and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the rugged Appalachian Trail, accompanied by his long-lost former friend (Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before it's too late.

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