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Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment '20th Century Women'

The travails of three women led by Annette Bening “coming of age” in Santa Barbara in the 1970s is among the specialty films rolling out this holiday week. Awards contender 20th Century Women, an Annapurna/A24 film which also stars Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig, is opening in New York and Los Angeles starting Wednesday. Only two months following the release of his Stooges documentary Gimme Danger, Jim Jarmusch is back with his latest narrative feature, Paterson, starring Adam Driver and Golshifthe Farahani. Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street will begin its limited release on Wednesday as well. Germany’s Oscar shortlisted comedy Toni Erdmann opened Christmas Day and continues its rollout via Sony Pictures Classics. The film did solid business in its initial release, though its length will limit its number of daily screenings. And Gkids is giving big-screen due to Japan’s 1993 animated feature Ocean Waves, in select showings. Read More: // here

Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment '20th Century Women'

Actress leads a stellar cast in Mike Mills’ semiautobiographical story about a bohemian women raising a teen in age of feminism and punk rock Read More: // here

Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment '20th Century Women'

Way too many films out there are heavy on plot and exposition, light on atmosphere and character development. It’s safe to say “20th Century Women” isn’t one of them. Indeed, this new film from Mike Mills, a loving nod to the director’s own 1970s California youth, is precisely the opposite: a thoughtful and detailed evocation of an era and especially of one complicated character, with little story to speak of. Such atmospheric films, however expertly done, can either charm you or frustrate you to pieces. Luckily, even if it’s the latter, Annette Bening is there to pick those pieces up. Read More: // here

Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment '20th Century Women'

Despite featuring Jimmy Carter’s perilous speech on the “Crisis of Confidence,” the mood and energy of 20th Century Women flows with vibrant tranquility. The film opens on a top down shot of vivid blue-green waves crashing on the Santa Barbara shoreline, with Roger Neill’s synthesized score setting a calming atmosphere. That mood continues into the next shot: a burning car in a grocery store parking lot. The owner of it, Dorothea (Annette Bening), does not seem particularly alarmed by this development as much as her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). Her perspective reflects the film’s general outlook, as characters accept the world as opposed to change it. Read More: // here

Dec 30, 2016   Leave a Comment Interview

The actor talks about his roles in Jackie and 20th Century Women, and what artists do in times of upheaval. Read More: // here