Review: “Café Society” (2016)

31 07 2016

Ryan vs. Cinema

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Every year I check in with my favourite New York neurotic to see what underrated treat he’s been occupying his time on. One cannot deny the fact that we are in the era of “Mild Woody”, but even his lesser endeavors are generally triumphant. The most vocal criticism towards Café Society, his latest ode to 1930s Hollywood, is that it’s more of the same. That is, for the most part, true. Over the fifty years he’s occupied our screens as a filmmaker, Allen has crafted a thoroughly clear image of himself as an artist. Those opposed to him, his image, and his style will surely reject Café Society as another one of his “mediocre outings”. But I’ve seen all forty-seven of his features, read his four books, and listened to every recording of his stand-up I could get my hands on. When it comes to Woody…

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Movie Review: Café Society (2016) Directed by Woody Allen

25 07 2016

The famous CASABLANCA story is retold, Allen style

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White City Cinema’s Michael Smith shows his appreciation for “Cafe Society” star Kristen Stewart

23 07 2016

Like many latter-day Woody Allen films, Café Society is a mixed bag. Genuine hilarity coexists with jokes that fall flat, scripted dialogue alternates between the reasonably naturalistic and the to…

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White City Cinema’s Michael Smith shows his appreciation for “Cafe Society” star Kristen Stewart

23 07 2016

Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle

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Like many latter-day Woody Allen films, Café Society is a mixed bag. Genuine hilarity coexists with jokes that fall flat, scripted dialogue alternates between the reasonably naturalistic and the tone deaf, and acting is all over the map. The film’s saving grace is a lead performance by Kristen Stewart, so winning in its “casual complexity and low-key intensity” (to borrow the subtitle of a recent Stewart profile in Film Comment by Northwestern professor Nick Davis) that it single-handedly elevates Café Society to the status of essential viewing for the summer movie-going season.

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Kristen Stewart

21 05 2016

Screen Catcher


Kristen Stewart has come a long way after Twilight. I’m not talking about her big budget roles in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and ‘American Ultra’. Those are the films that most people whom I call ‘Stewart Criticisers’ seem to recognise her from. Twilight is seen as a catastrophe for Stewart’s career. Her role as Bella overshadowed the brilliant indie films she starred in on the side. ‘The Yellow Handkerchief'(2010), ‘The Runaways’ (2010), ‘Welcome to the Riley’s’ (2010). Those are all films in which Stewart’s performances garnered positive reviews. In fact, Kristen’s recent choices in indie roles have improved her relationship with critics, as evidenced by the most recent Oscar buzz generated around her role in ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ after being the first american actress to win a Cesar. If critics had it their way, she would have definitely been in the front line for best supporting actress at the…

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KRISTEN STEWART: BEFORE AND AFTER TWILIGHT

19 01 2016

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Kristen Stewart with Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) Kristen Stewart with Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Last year Kristen Stewart made history by being the first American actress to win a César, the French equivalent of an Oscar. This will have no doubt come as a surprise to her many detractors, who regularly flock to Facebook, YouTube and Goodreads threads to endorse proclamations that, “Her facial expression never changes” and “I can’t believe why anyone keeps hiring her” and “Kristen Stewart can’t act”.

Anyone who has seen Clouds of Sils Maria, the Olivier Assayas film for which Stewart won the award, and in which she holds her own opposite Juliette Binoche, of all people, will disagree. One of the interesting things about the film is the way the younger woman fully embraces her supporting status, allowing her uncertainty and acknowledgement of the French star’s greater experience to flesh out her role as factotum to…

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Sam and Caitriona Attend the 73rd Golden Globes

12 01 2016

HQ/Untagged Golden Globe Red Carpet Pics – Thank you, @FarFarAwaySite

HQ/Untagged Instyle/Warner Brothers Red Carpet Pics – Thanks @FarFarAwaySite

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