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Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in "Slow West"

The Best and Worst Films of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

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Fiction films can be a trickier proposition at the Tribeca Film Festival than their nonfiction counterparts; for some time the fest had a reputation as a home for pictures that made the slate for the movie stars they’d put on the red carpet rather than the quality they’d put on the screen. That rep has fallen away in recent years, bolstered by a stronger slate of under-the-radar indies and faves from other festivals. Here’s a look at the 22 new narrative movies your film editor saw, and how they stack… Read More

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Should Peggy and Stan End Up Together on ‘Mad Men’?

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Last night’s Mad Men may have been all about that business, but Twitter was all about Peggy Olson and Stan Rizzo. Over the last four seasons, the hateship turned friendship turned occasional inappropriate flirtation between copy chief and art director has been the subject of “shipping” in the Mad Men fan community. But every time the two share an intimate moment, Stan sticks his foot in his mouth — until last night. After they stumble onto the topic of kids, Stan (naturally) brings up Peggy’s spinsterdom, she ends up revealing her secret baby to him, and he acts like an evolved adult male for once. The scene was so emotionally nuanced, and with so much left unsaid, it made you wonder: Is Stan finally mature enough to be more than Peggy’s work husband? Is this Matthew Weiner’s unexpected endgame for Peggy Olson, Mad Men‘s careerist heroine?
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Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 1"; Jason Schwartzman in "Listen Up Philip"

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Mockingjay,’ ‘Listen Up Philip’

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Your film editor was out on assignment last week, so apologies if your home viewing needs went unmet, but never fear: this week, we’ve got good stuff for Netflix subscribers, Amazon Primers, and disc buyers alike. And, as usual, variety is the spice of life, so we’ve got one of last year’s biggest blockbusters, one of its most acclaimed art-house pictures, a celebrity documentary with bite, an ‘80s fave, and a slice of vintage French New Wave.
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Everything We’ve Learned About ‘Mad Men’ From This Week’s Early Press

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Jessica Paré’s bare belly, err, I mean the highly acclaimed AMC drama known to all of us as Mad Men, dove right back into the cultural conversation this week. This was thanks to a number of careful little drips and drops of information, from new interviews with the show’s stars and the release of some stunning photos of the cast draped in plaids, ruffles, florals and bell sleeves.
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Alex Ross Perry Is Not an Asshole: The Director of ‘Listen Up, Philip’ on Roth, Pynchon, and New York

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If you’ve seen the trailer for Alex Ross Perry’s Listen, Up Philip — or really any of his films, including Impolex and The Color Wheel — you may wonder aloud, to friends, if he’s an asshole. Many of his characters are miserable egoists — like the self-absorbed novelist Philip, played by Jason Schwartzman — and it would surprise no one to find a one-to-one correlation between the roles he writes and his own personality. This is not even to mention that Perry routinely cites the egographomaniacal Philip Roth as an inspiration. One might consider, too, that given the critical praise his new film has already received from critics like Richard Brody (at The New Yorker) and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (at Mubi), Perry has all the more reason to be a prick.
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Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in "Laggies"

Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

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It’s an odd time of year at the cinema — with fall studio movies rolling out and Oscar Season™ in full swing, the multiplex is presumably filled with the kind of smart, adult-minded fare we usually head to the art-house to see. But don’t be fooled; there’s bound to be some wolves in sheep’s clothing out there, and the indies have got you covered this month just in case, with the help of several sharp documentaries, terrific new movies from the likes of Lynn Shelton, Gregg Araki, and Alex Ross Perry, and the smartest social satire in many a moon. Here are the indie movies you can’t miss this month.
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