Cate Blanchett

2015: The Year ’50s Romances Were Liberating and Contemporary Romances Were Horrifying

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Is there a way to craft a cinematic romance out of a narrative where two people meet through a series of synchronized swipes after having seen a single photo of one another, then share emoji-peppered small talk while simultaneously engaging in practically the same small talk with ten other people, then go on a date to a bar – all the while being exhaustedly aware that a week full of similar dates awaits them?
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This Week at the Movies: ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Room’

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If last week’s aesthetically impressive but insubstantial (PanThe Walk) film offerings steered you away from the cineplex, perhaps this week’s trifecta of captivating dramas (Room, Beasts of No Nation, and Crimson Peak) will cure your movie malaise. As long as you avoid uninspired revisitations of pasts that didn’t need to be unearthed — a rundown of every goose that R.L. Stine ever bumped and a #Rathergate film — you should be safe from mediocrity.
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