Carey Mulligan

The 7 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Man Up’

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After a brief, Sundance-induced hiatus last week, our home media column is back and our cup runneth over – seven movies this week instead of the customary five. (But if it evens it out for you, at least three are movies most other critics don’t recommend.) The spectrum this week runs from a Best Picture nominee to a first-person dating documentary to a charmingly goofy rom-com; a little something for everyone, in other words, even you fans of mediocre Bill Murray movies.
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‘Suffragette’ Is Less Courageous than Its Brick-Throwing Subjects

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Towards the end of Sarah Gavron’s feminist drama Suffragette, a group of feminist activists — who have all been radicalized enough to plant bombs in mailboxes throughout the city of London — stand in a city park, debating whether to similarly bomb the empty country estate of a prominent politician. They’ve been tipped off about the estate by one of their own (Romola Garai) who happens to be married to a government minister. Some think it’s going too far; others (led by Helena Bonham Carter as a militant chemist) think they have no choice but to act in this way, because their cause is being ignored otherwise.
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Staff Picks: Joanna Newsom, Carey Mulligan, and Yaron

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Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments.
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‘Far From the Madding Crowd’: How Period Romance Conventions Killed a Potentially Great Literary Adaptation

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Far From the Madding Crowd, in theaters Friday, appears to have plenty going for it. It’s only the third film adaptation of the classic Thomas Hardy novel — and the first since John Schlesinger’s in 1967, though there was also a TV movie in 1998 — and its cast includes such promising names as Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen. And it’s directed by Thomas Vinterberg, a Danish filmmaker best known for two movies that examine child sexual abuse from very different, equally unflinching perspectives: 1998’s The Celebration, which kicked off the Dogme 95 movement, and 2013’s The Hunt, which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. He is an excellent director of actors, capable of efficiently capturing the psychological complexity of characters and their relationships — which should make him the perfect interpreter for Hardy, whose detailed internal portraiture is the centerpiece of his work. So why is Vinterberg’s Far From the Madding crowd frustratingly mediocre? 
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Mariel Hemingway’s Disturbing Woody Allen Story Highlights the Importance of Bystanders in Rape Culture

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There’s a scene towards the end of the 2009 film An Education in which Carey Mulligan’s heroine — who has dropped out of school to marry an older man who turns out to be an already-married fraud — talks with her parents. She’s remonstrating them for encouraging her in every step of the relationship, for being as floored as she was by her suitor. “Silly schoolgirls are always getting seduced by glamorous older men,” she says. “What about you two?” In other words: How could you let me do this?
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