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  • ‘Ex Machina’: Mechanical

    April 23, 2015

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    “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 a house. OK, a high-tech mansion, but you get the point. Yet, after tantalizing us with increasingly imaginative developments and the promise of catharsis, Garland lets it all dribble [...] More »

Latest Interview

  • Chris Messina heads to ‘Venice’

    April 16, 2015

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      His acting career is percolating nicely – featured role on a hit sitcom, parts in Oscar-winning films such as “Argo” and respected series such as “The Newsroom” – but Chris Messina couldn’t pass up the opportunity to direct a film of his own. “It’s something I always wanted to do,” Messina, 40, says in telephone interview. “I [...] More »

Commentary

  • Tribeca Film Festival 2015: Wrapping up

    April 24, 2015

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    My intentions were the best and yet, after my first visit a week ago, I only made it to one more day of screenings at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Which highlights one of the problems for me with the festival: It’s too easy to ignore. That’s my own problem, of course. When I am at Toronto or [...] More »