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"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
It’s exciting to watch a filmmaker working in a seemingly new form at a very quick clip. You could argue there have been two stages to director Noah Baumbach’s career —namely, before and after 2005's “The Squid And The Whale." Recently, Baumbach entered a looser and off-the-cuff phase after 2012’s “Frances Ha.” Shot in secret and on the fly, ‘Frances’ injected a kind of B-12 shot into the director, and 2015 finds the filmmaker releasing two films released in one year. March saw the release of the effervescent and observant “While We’re Young,” which will be followed by “Mistress America.” Read More: Review: Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver & Amanda Seyfried “Mistress America” is another tale concerning cross-generational friendship, namely with a college freshman and a 30-something career woman. Here’s the official synopsis: In Mistress America, Tracy (Lola Kirke »
- Edward Davis
The film screened in January at the Sundance Film Festival. In his review, Variety’s Scott Foundas wrote, “Greta Gerwig shines in a tailor-made role in her and Noah Baumbach’s spirited screwball follow-up to ‘Frances Ha.'”
In Mistress America, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.
- Michelle McCue
Noah Baumbach is on a creative tear these days, seemingly rejuvenated from the off-the-cuff shooting style of “Frances Ha.” In 2015, “The Squid And The Whale” director will be the rare filmmaker to have two movies released in the same year. In March, A24 Films released “While We’re Young,” and later this summer Fox Searchlight will release his second effort of the year, “Mistress America.” Baumbach’s films are always wry, sharply observed comedies with humanist tendencies, often centering on youth, ambition, and aging out of cultural relevance. “Mistress America” certainly tackles many of these topics too, but it’s a bit like Baumbach on amphetamines, with a sped-up screwball approach to his already delightful and insightful comedies. Our review from Sundance earlier this year says the movie is another keeper: "Baumbach’s breezy hot streak continues with another contemporary classic New York tale." Read More: Sundance Review: Noah Baumbach’s ‘Mistress America’ Starring. »
- Edward Davis
Furious 7 fended off solid newcomers Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended to top the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row.More importantly, the movie had another stunning weekend overseas. Specifically, it continued to do massive business in China, where its earned nearly $250 million through its first eight days.Furious 7 has now grossed $1.15 billion worldwide, which ranks seventh all-time. Even if it falls off quickly from here, it still has a real chance of making it past $1.4 billion by the end of its run.Domestically, Furious 7 fell 51 percent to $29.2 million. In comparison, the last two Fast movies dropped 44 percent and 37 percent at the same point. To date, Furious 7 has earned $294.5 million; it could still reach $350 million, but would need to hold up well against Avengers: Age of Ultron in two weeks.Playing at 3,633 locations, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened to $23.8 million this weekend. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While We’re Young finds Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach delivering some of his funniest lines through some of his most relatable characters. With a star-studded cast at its center, his latest film stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver; and promises to be one of the filmmaker’s biggest hits to date. Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) may not be a household name among casual moviegoers, but his films have continued to garner critical praise over the years. With the upcoming release of While We’re Young, Rock-It Promotions is allowing us to give away ten double passes to residents of Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa,
to see the movie ahead of the theatrical release.
To be entered into a draw to win passes to an advance screening, simply email us at email@example.com. Please make sure to indicate which city you live in. »
- Kyle Reese
Noah Baumbach’s latest comedy, While We’re Young, is one of his funniest and most accessible efforts yet in a vibrant 20-year filmmaking career. The entertaining social satire explores what happens when a fortysomething couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) facing a midlife crisis befriends a young hipster couple half their age (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried) whose passion for life reinvigorates their humdrum existence. Trouble begins when Stiller’s character, a once promising documentary filmmaker whose career has stalled, realizes he’s been eclipsed by his talented and ambitious protégé (Driver). Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz also star. In this exclusive interview, Baumbach talked about what drew him to the project, the intergenerational aspect of the story and its rich thematic elements, the ability to reinvent oneself at any age, how Henrik Ibsen’s play The Master Builder inspired him, what the cast brought to the film, his »
- Sheila Roberts
With $59.6 million, Furious 7 easily held on to first place at the domestic box office. It also got off to an incredible start in China, where it set the opening day record with $68.8 million.At the domestic box office, Furious 7's 60 percent drop was a slight improvement over Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, both of which fell over 62 percent in their second frames. On Sunday, it passed Fast & Furious 6 to become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise with $251.5 million. Without any serious competition for the next two weeks, the movie is guaranteed to earn at least $350 million total.Worldwide, Furious 7 is already the highest-grossing Fast movie with $801 million. It's now on track to become one of the biggest movies ever with at least $1.2 billion.DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) held on to the second spot with $18.5 million, which is down 31 percent from last weekend. To date, its earned $129.1 million, »
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While We’Re Young is the latest film from writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid And The Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha). Like his previous work, it is a sharply written mix of comic moments and relatable themes – a Gen Xers vs Hipsters comedy that touches on career crisis, missed opportunities, the challenges of marriage, and the middle-age soul-searching that seems to coincide with the onset of back trouble and arthritis. It’s an excellent, smart comedy and is highly recommended.
Ben Stiller stars in While We’Re Young as Josh Srebnick, a 44-year old filmmaker who’s been toiling away for a decade on his documentary, one structured around Ira Mandelstam (Peter Yarrow), an elderly intellectual. It’s a follow-up to Josh’s first film, a critical success many years earlier. Expected funding has not materialized, he’s unable to pay his patient editor (Matthew Maher), and he is loath to ask his father -in-law, »
- Tom Stockman
While We’re Young
Written & Directed by Noah Baumbach
Though well-acted and capably directed, the heavy-handedness of Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young makes it one of his lesser efforts. Baumbach tries to anticipate the impending clash between Gen X bitterness and Millennial entitlement, but the execution feels uncomfortably Braff-ish. You’ll probably leave the theater smiling, but we’ve come to expect something a little more substantial from an observant filmmaker like Baumbach.
John Lennon famously said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” For Josh (Ben Stiller), a 43 year-old director who’s been slaving over the same documentary film project for 10 years, a promising career and happy marriage have been derailed by his obsessive attention to detail. He’s kind of like Kubrick… only without the results. His wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), has her own issues, namely her unwillingness to »
- J.R. Kinnard
Lauren and Gugenheim will develop a film slate focusing on director-driven and commercial films. They also plan to invest in up to three films a year with a seven-figure fund for production and early stage pre-production, as well as equity to back films in the $5 to $15 million range. The duo is working with David Boyle as part of the company’s growth.
Variety named Gugenheim one of its Up-and-Coming Dealmakers last year.
Gugenheim was most recently exec VP of production and operations at Lotus Entertainment, where he oversaw production on “Kidnap,” starring Halle Berry, and brought in “Replicas,” starring Keanu Reeves, and “Tiger’s Curse,” with Shekhar Kapur directing. He’s also worked for Joel Zwick, CAA, Paramount Vantage and Universal-based Captivate Entertainment.
- Dave McNary
Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" continued to suggest its potential as one of 2015's first specialty breakouts in its second weekend. The A24 release expanded from 4 to 34 theaters and jumped 117%, taking in $493,000 for a very healthy $14,500 per-theater-average. That's the best second weekend average of Baumbach's career, topping "Frances Ha," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale" -- all of which averaged around $10,000 in a similar amount of theaters. "While We're Young" stars Baumbach regular Ben Stiller alongside Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Stiller and Watts play a couple in their 40s who begin hanging out with a pair of twentysomethings (Driver and Seyfried). "'While We're Young' had a very strong expansion this weekend, ranked near or at the top of every complex it played, and has the highest per screen average of any film without the words Fast and Furious in the title, »
- Peter Knegt
With the likes of The Squid and the Whale and Frances Ha, writer/director Noah Baumbach has excelled at exploring the specific personal conflicts people experience in real life in fantastic and entertaining detail. Now, he's taking a stab at the generation gap with While We're Young, following struggling documentarian Josh (Ben Stiller) and his wife Cornellia (Naomi Watts), who, fueled by personal tragedy, actively fight against moving on with their lives as their friends lose themselves to baby obsession. When they meet young hipster couple Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried), they immediately become enamoured with their carefree lifestyle, and soon find their lives being rejuvenated. Almost a coming of age story for the middle aged, While We're Young captures your attention from the opening frame, and the story zips by with a humour and lightness which, thankfully, doesn't undercut the heavier moments of the movie. Recapturing »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Chicago – Director Noah Baumbach is a master in creating cinematic atmosphere. Whether it’s the adolescent mood of “The Squid and the Whale,” the weird loneliness of “Frances Ha” or his screenplays with director Wes Anderson, Baumbach generates a worthy emotional imprint. His latest film is “While We’re Young.”
“While We’re Young” is a meditation on dichotomy, as Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts portray a childless fortysomething couple that are losing commonality with their baby producing friends. When a younger couple – portrayed by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried – come into their lives, there is a sense that the older couple is taking one more stab at the youth that chronologically has slipped away. Filled with the comedy of awkwardness and keen observations on the human condition, “While We’re Young’ is another expansive achievement from the mind of Noah Baumbach.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
New York director Noah Baumbach, the child of writers, writes consistently smart screenplays about that urban intellectual milieu, from his debut "Kicking and Screaming" to his Oscar-nominated "The Squid and the Whale," arguably his most fully realized film to date, which broke out Jesse Eisenberg, followed by less well-received "Margot at the Wedding," which was a dark, dead-on accurate portrait of a family of narcissists. Baumbach is willing to show characters who are lost and flailing. Ben Stiller has portrayed his alter-ego twice now, in L.A.-set "Greenberg," co-starring Greta Gerwig, which made me squirm with discomfort, and now "While We're Young," which debuted at Toronto 2014. Stiller plays Josh, a blocked and earnest documentary filmmaker stuck in a dead-end career and a tired childless marriage to Cornelia (Naomi Watts). The duo meet and become briefly infatuated by another couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) who »
- Anne Thompson
The Austin Film Society really knows the way to my heart. A brand new series begins this evening at the Marchesa called "Perfect Criminals: The '70s French Noir Connection" and you can buy a full series pass or grab individual tickets for the five French crime classics that Afs will be unspooling in the weeks to come. The first selection in the series is 1969's The Sicilian Clan in 35mm. Jean Gabin and Alain Delon star in this jewel heist thriller from director Henri Verneuil and it plays tonight and again on Sunday afternoon.
Also on Sunday, you've got one more chance to catch Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island Of Dr Moreau. I caught this at Fantastic Fest last year and was utterly fascinated by it. It recently had a screening at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, but now Afs is giving you a great opportunity »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Read More: Noah Baumbach on Approaching Middle Age with 'While We're Young Noah Baumbach's first film, "Kicking and Screaming," hit theaters to great acclaim a full 20 years ago. Over the past two decades, he's emerged as a leading voice in American independent cinema, with his sensibilities as a storyteller and a filmmaker now both beloved and inimitable. From his Oscar-nominated effort "The Squid and the Whale" to the critical darling "Frances Ha," Baumbach's consistent engagement with transitional moments -- namely, our complicated relationships to growing up and growing old -- has led to characters simultaneously relatable and uniquely absurd. They’re deeply flawed and melancholic but always based in reality. Baumbach's latest film to be released, "While We’re Young," hits theaters this weekend. Rich with satire, and examining characters who feel out of place and out of time, it is suitably demonstrative of the director's enduring »
- David Canfield
Noan Baumbach is on a roll. That's not to say the writer-director has ever flagged in the quality of his output. Since his arrival on the scene with his 1995 debut "Kicking and Screaming," Baumbach has managed a pretty remarkable track record -- from "The Squid and the Whale" to "Margot at the Wedding" and "Greenberg," his movies never cease to generate acclaim. But since partnering up with his current romantic partner Greta Gerwig on their beloved 2013 comedy "Frances Ha," Baumbach has picked up the pace. Before "Frances Ha," audiences had to wait two to three years for a new Baumbach effort. Since "Frances Ha," he's already gone on to premiere two projects over the span of two years: his second film with Gerwig, "Mistress America," which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and "While We're Young," which reunites Baumbach with his "Greenberg" star Ben Stiller for a comedy about »
- Nigel M Smith
This weekend, a middle-aged couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) has their lives overturned when they meet a disarming young couple (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried) in "While We're Young," directed by Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale," "Margot at the Wedding"). We got a chance to sit down with star Watts to chat about the movie, aging, and what keeps her young at heart. »
- Moviefone Staff
I've long been an admirer of Noah Baumbach, director of The Squid And The Whale, Margot At The Wedding, Greenberg and Frances Ha. A savvy orchestrator of incisive comedy and adult drama, his films often focus on people who are having trouble growing up or accepting the fact they've grown up already; that interest of Baumbach's has never been more apparent than in While We're Young. The film, perhaps Baumbach's straight-up funniest, looks at the unusual friendship between two couples; one a »
- Eric Walkuski
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