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Interview: Writer Lydia Davis on found material, routines and the distinctions between genres

Lydia Davis Van Allen Hall — Thu., Apr. 14 at 7 p.m. In Lydia Davis’ story “How I Know What I Like (Six Versions),” the narrator justifies why she might like something: “I think I like it. I show it to her. She likes it. She is like me. Therefore, I might really like it.” […]

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LV Recommends: Casey’s General Store

Casey’s is not a gas station, a friend once said: It’s a pizza place that has amenities, and those amenities happen to include gasoline. Looking at it this way takes some of the shame out of gas-station pizza, a shame the chain seems to insist on by putting its slices on triangular plates that go […]

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Playing well with others: ‘Room’ holds an impressive allegory for life outside the self

Room FilmScene — (Last Screening) Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. There is nothing beyond Room. That’s what Jack (Jacob Tremblay), one of the protagonists of Room, believes. It’s what his mother (Brie Larson) has taught him over the five years of his life held captive, along with his mother, by a man they call […]

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Talking Movies: Shot in a single 138-minute take, can Victoria live up to its bold premise?

Victoria opens Oct. 23 at FilmScene. I chafe at the word “gimmick.” It’s often used in lieu of something more meaningful to describe the experimental, the exciting, or the formally different. By calling something a “gimmick,” an audience doesn’t have to admit its discomfort with the unfamiliar. But that’s not the case when I call […]

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Talking Movies: ‘The End of the Tour’ aims high, stumbles

The End of the Tour Screening Sept. 4 through Sept. 10 at FilmScene It’s tricky making a movie based on a book of interviews with a guy concerned about being interviewed because no matter what, he’ll seem disingenuous. The guy in question is David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), and his interviewer is David Lipsky (Jesse […]

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