Ron Livingston

A self-aware window into hero worship.
A journalist and a famous writer – both of them young, insecure men still trying to make their literary reputations – spend five days together, talking incessantly, arguing and forging a kind of wary understanding. The year is 1996 and the...
Olivia Wilde is, by most definitions, a Hollywood star, but the camera has never stayed with her, with her character’s needs, the way that it does in Joe Swanberg’s terrific new movie Drinking Buddies. Forget the billing, Wilde has had small...
Lynne Shelton's latest lacks intimacy.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Introducing her fifth feature, Touchy Feely, which is showing as part of this year’s dramatic competition, Lynn Shelton made a point of identifying herself as one of the fifty percent. Which is to say as one of the eight...
An unsubtle remake about cruel corporate shenanigans.
In Dinner for Schmucks, Steve Carell plays Barry. In the conceit of the film he’s set-up as a kind of über-nerd. He works for the IRS. His hobby is taxidermy. His special interest is finding dead mice, and stuffing them. Barry then 'casts’ the...
A collection of romantic movie clichés.
When the four stars of Sex and the City got potty-mouthed it seemed to suggest, at times powerfully, that we hide behind polite talk when sometimes it’s better, not to mention more emotionally honest, to be blunt. Of course the shock factor that...

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