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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
"Do I look old to you?" Local New York-based filmmaker Noah Baumbach has two new films coming out this year, the first being the wacky While We're Young about a couple growing older (see the trailer), and the other being Mistress America, a sort-of-sequel to his 2012 film Frances Ha. In honor of the upcoming release of While We're Young this spring, a nationwide screening series has launched called "Growing Up Baumbach" recapping at least four of his indie gems from the past decade. This includes The Squid and the Whale (still my favorite Baumbach film so far) and Kicking and Screaming, plus a few other films. Read on. The series has quietly launched with info at growing-up-baumbach.com and will be taking place in 16 different cities across the country, starting March leading up to the release of While We're Young at the end of this month. Per the introduction from »
- Alex Billington
From "Kicking and Screaming" to "Mistress America" and so many classics in-between, Noah Baumbach has been a leading voice in American independent film for two full decades. Now, with the release of his latest film "While We're Young," a generational comedy co-starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, only a month away, A24 has set up screenings across the United States to commemorate Baumbach's remarkable filmography. The event is titled "Growing Up Baumbach," as the selected films explore the paradoxes of being in high school, the liberation of college, the confusion of young adulthood and, finally, the reflection that comes with adulthood. The four films included are "Kicking and Screaming," Baumbach's debut which will celebrate its 20th anniversary; "The Squid and the Whale," his Oscar-nominated effort which premiered 10 years ago; "Frances Ha," his widely-acclaimed black-and-white film from 2012; and the upcoming »
- David Canfield
A new international trailer has come our way for Noah Baumbach's (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha) While We're Young, which teams up Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle aged couple who try to recapture their youth when the befriend the younger, free spirited Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). This cross-generational comedy has garnered a shed load of praise since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and judging by the above trailer, it's not unwarranted. Baumbach excels when it comes to exploring the everyday in witty and sosphisticated ways, and he is backed by an able cast, especially lead pair Stiller and Watts. Released: 27th March (U.S.)/ 3rd April (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Noah Baumbach has carved out a successful slate of features exploring a variety of demographics. From The Squid And The Whale‘s dysfunctional family dynamic to Frances Ha‘s directionless-yet-awesome protagonist, the director has tackled his fair share of neuroses. With his latest offering, comedy drama While We’re Young, his sights are set on investigating an entirely new type of character.
The film stars Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller, a happily-married couple each in their forties. Having made peace with the prospect of a childless future, the pair broaden their horizons when they befriend a much younger couple – played by Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver. And therein begins the next stage in their life as Watts and Stiller commence with a series of pratfalls during their attempts at impressing their youthful companions.
Last fall we saw the first teaser, that set up the premise nicely while offering both leads a solid amount of one-liners. »
- Gem Seddon
"Why do you suddenly want to hang out with a couple of 25 year olds?" You're only as young as you feel, and Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts seem to feel like they're in their mid-20s again. At least, that's what happens when they start hanging out with youngsters Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried in While We're Young, the latest from The Squid and the Whale / Frances Ha writer & director Noah Baumbach. This might be Baumbach's most accessible film, perhaps with a skew toward older crowds as opposed to the usual young, hip indie audience. But the writing, characters and comedy are genuine enough for all to enjoy. Here's the second trailer for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young originally from Yahoo: You can still watch the first trailer for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young right here. While We're Young is written and directed by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, »
- Ethan Anderton
Noah Baumbach’s movies have never been easy to describe. Each one blends so many different tones, sensibilities and genres that simply describing his movies as one thing doesn’t work. Calling The Squid and the Whale a family drama doesn’t seem right. Frances Ha isn’t just a coming of age story and Greenberg isn’t just a […]
- Germain Lussier
Midway through Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s “Mistress America,” the movie arrives at a long, zany setpiece so inspired and brilliantly sustained that it alone would be worth the price of admission (or the wait in a long Sundance queue). But there’s much else to admire in “Mistress,” which finds the crown prince of New York intellectual self-loathing and his ebullient co-writer/muse returning to the terrain of their 2012 “Frances Ha” — intense female friendships and eager young people trying to find their places in the world — while pushing even closer to full-tilt screwball farce. One of Baumbach’s warmest and purely funniest films, this Fox Searchlight pickup may lack the name cast of the filmmaker’s other 2015 release, “While We’re Young,” but positioned properly it could reach Baumbach’s broadest audience since 2005’s “The Squid and the Whale.”
If nothing else, “Mistress America” confirms Gerwig as one of the great, »
- Scott Foundas
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
Samuel Goldwyn Jr., the son of a fiercely independent-minded Hollywood mogul and the producer of many independent films in his own right including “Mystic Pizza” and studio hits including “Master and Commander,” died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88. His son John Goldwyn told the New York Times he died of congestive heart failure.
Goldwyn Jr. received his final credit as a producer, together with son John and others, on Fox’s long-gestating remake of the Goldwyn Sr.-produced classic “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring and directed by Ben Stiller and released in December 2013.
The courtly and soft-spoken scion was known for shepherding independent and foreign films and got his start in documentary filmmaking, in contrast to his brash father, who made his way from a youth of poverty in Poland to a partner in MGM.
“I love it. If you don’t love this business, »
- Carmel Dagan
Urie will direct the series, which follows the misadventures of incompetent employees who work at a 911 call center in the town of Hell, Michigan. Ryan Spahn (“He’s Way More Famous Than You”) created the series and will star alongside Halley Feiffer (“The Squid and the Whale”) .
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- Travis Reilly
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