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  • HollywoodandFine.com I am a big fan of Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer. The Norwegian films of his that have made it to American screens – “Kitchen Stories,” “O’Horten” and now “1001...

    ’1001 Grams’: The measure of life

    HollywoodandFine.com I am a big fan of Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer. The Norwegian films of his that have made it to American screens – “Kitchen Stories,” “O’Horten” and now “1001...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Here are some of the names that came to mind as I watched “Mad Max: Fury Road”: Federico Fellini. David Lynch. Pieter Bruegel. Ralph Steadman. Stanley Kubrick. There are images...

    ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: Taking the long way

    HollywoodandFine.com Here are some of the names that came to mind as I watched “Mad Max: Fury Road”: Federico Fellini. David Lynch. Pieter Bruegel. Ralph Steadman. Stanley Kubrick. There are images...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Be warned. John Maclean’s directorial debut, “Slow West,” practices truth in advertising. But “slow” seems harsh as an adjective for this compelling film. “Patient” would be a more apt...

    ‘Slow West’: Moseying to a showdown

    HollywoodandFine.com Be warned. John Maclean’s directorial debut, “Slow West,” practices truth in advertising. But “slow” seems harsh as an adjective for this compelling film. “Patient” would be a more apt...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com As squirm comedies go, “The D Train” is a breed apart, a film that puts new spin on the bromance. The bros in question are Dan Landsman (Jack Black)...

    ‘The D Train’: Hop aboard for dark laughs

    HollywoodandFine.com As squirm comedies go, “The D Train” is a breed apart, a film that puts new spin on the bromance. The bros in question are Dan Landsman (Jack Black)...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com These feel like cinematic end times – not in terms of Hollywood movies (that horse is already out of the barn), but in the pack-mentality, “hey, it’s good enough”...

    ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ – The end is nigh

    HollywoodandFine.com These feel like cinematic end times – not in terms of Hollywood movies (that horse is already out of the barn), but in the pack-mentality, “hey, it’s good enough”...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com “Ex Machina” is both tastily minimal and frustratingly simplistic. Alex Garland’s directing debut (he wrote “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine”) is, in essence, a three-hander about three people in...

    ‘Ex Machina’: Mechanical

    HollywoodandFine.com “Ex Machina” is both tastily minimal and frustratingly simplistic. Alex Garland’s directing debut (he wrote “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine”) is, in essence, a three-hander about three people in...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Certainly the pedigree of “Child 44″ makes it seem promising. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”) from a script by Richard Price, it features a sturdy, heavily British international...

    ‘Child 44′: Leave this ‘Child’ behind

    HollywoodandFine.com Certainly the pedigree of “Child 44″ makes it seem promising. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”) from a script by Richard Price, it features a sturdy, heavily British international...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com The directing debut of actor Chris Messina, “Alex of Venice” is as notable for what it doesn’t do as for what it does. This is the story of a...

    ‘Alex of Venice’: Mopey

    HollywoodandFine.com The directing debut of actor Chris Messina, “Alex of Venice” is as notable for what it doesn’t do as for what it does. This is the story of a...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com “True Story” is not a bad movie; indeed, it’s a creepy little tale that has moments that will unnerve you. But the limitations of its script and of Jonah...

    ‘True Story’: Faking it

    HollywoodandFine.com “True Story” is not a bad movie; indeed, it’s a creepy little tale that has moments that will unnerve you. But the limitations of its script and of Jonah...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Does it matter that “Woman in Gold,” Simon Curtis’ moving drama about a woman seeking the return of art the Nazis stole from her family 50 years earlier, seems...

    ‘Woman in Gold’: The art of justice

    HollywoodandFine.com Does it matter that “Woman in Gold,” Simon Curtis’ moving drama about a woman seeking the return of art the Nazis stole from her family 50 years earlier, seems...

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