20th Century Women

As of this moment, 20th Century Women is my favorite movie of the year. Mike Mills‘ (Beginners) latest film is warm, compassionate, honest, and funny. It’s easily the director’s most accomplished feature to date. While watching 20th Century Women, there are themes that call to mind his previous features. Time is a crucial component of Mills’ work, and in 20th Century Women, he focuses on a very particular and relatable time in most peoples’ lives.

Below, watch the 20th Century Women featurette.

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20th Century Women trailer

Is there ever really a right time for a teenage boy to come of age? Put aside the nostalgia for the past and the optimism for the future for a second, and you’ll find that each era provides its own ups and downs, some universal and some unique. Still, the tail end of the Carter era is looking like a particular challenge for Dorothea (Annette Bening), the single mother at the center of 20th Century Women. “When you were born, I told you life was very big and unknown,” she says in a wistful monologue. “But now it’s 1979, and nothing means anything.”

The new movie from Mike Mills (Beginners) chronicles the lives of a ramshackle sort of family. Dorothea and her son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) runs a boarding house whose tenants include artist Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and carpenter William (Billy Crudup). There’s also Julie (Elle Fanning), the next door neighbor who’s over so often she might as well live there, too. When Dorothea reaches out for help raising Jamie, they all come together to embark on this messy project. Watch the 20th Century Women trailer below.  Read More »

20th Century Women trailer

The first trailer for 20th Century Women opens with a familiar sound: a politician grandly diagnosing what he sees as the real problem with America. But the person talking isn’t anyone running for president this year — it’s Jimmy Carter, delivering his famous “Crisis of Confidence” speech in 1979. The characters watching the address seem largely unimpressed, save for Dorothea (Annette Bening). “I thought that was beautiful,” she says.

20th Century Women is the new feature by Mike Mills, who last put out the rather lovely romance Beginners. He’s lined up an impressive cast to bring to life his portrait of 1970s Santa Barbara, including Bening, Elle FanningGreta GerwigBilly Crudup, and Lucas Jade Zumann. Watch the 20th Century Women teaser trailer below. Read More »

Wiener Dog trailer image

Todd Solondz is back to check in on Welcome to Dollhouse‘s Dawn Wiener, now played by Greta Gerwig in the writer/director’s newest film, Wiener-Dog. The semi-sequel premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it was reviewed positively by critics. In addition to Gerwig, the dark comedy stars Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Tracy Letts, and Zosia Mamet.

Below, watch the Wiener-Dog trailer.

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Maggie's Plan trailer

It’s no secret that love has a way of complicating things, both in the movies and in life, but Maggie’s Plan takes these complications to the next level. Greta Gerwig stars as Maggie, a 30something New Yorker who’s decided the time is right for her to try and get pregnant on her own. Then she meets and falls for a professor named John (Ethan Hawke), who’s unhappily married to Georgette (Julianne Moore), and all of Maggie’s plans go out the window.

The Rebecca Miller-directed comedy has been making the rounds on the festival circuit for the past several months, and now it’s finally on its way into theaters. Watch the first Maggie’s Plan trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn

At 22, Saoirse Ronan has already built up a career to be envied. She’s worked with the likes of Joe Wright, Wes Anderson, and Peter Jackson, and she’s just snagged her second Oscar nomination for Brooklyn. Now for her next big-screen role, she’ll be teaming up with another hot young talent. Ronan is set to star in Lady Bird, the solo directing debut of Greta GerwigRead More »

Greta Gerwig directing

Greta Gerwig, who we just saw in the latest trailer for Mistress America, is prepping to tackle her first solo directorial gig. She previously co-directed Nights and Weekends (with Joe Swanberg, back in 2008) and has co-written films including the Swanberg-directed Hannah Takes the Stairs, Frances Ha, and the aforementioned Mistress America.

So we’re excited to see her take the directorial chair on Lady Bird, her own solo film. And with that primary duty hers, this will be a project for which Gerwig finds someone else to star. Read More »

Mistress America trailer

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig seem to have a great working relationship, in addition to their off-screen partnership, and their latest film together, Mistress America, features Gerwig as an unlikely mentor to a hesitant college freshman (Lola Kirke) who is also about to be her stepsister.

“Unlikely,” because despite a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for just about everything, Gerwig’s character almost seems as if she can’t quite get her own life lined up, much less provide direction for anyone else. But there may be more going on with the character than a first impression suggests, in Baumbach’s snappy comedy.

The new Mistress America trailer lights up with Gerwig’s natural charm and Baumbach’s calm directorial hand; check it out below. Read More »

Mistress America

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig are quietly becoming quite the force of nature. It started with Greenburg, they made magic with Francis Ha and now their latest collaboration, Mistress America, might be the best yet. Gerwig stars as the soon-to-be-step sister of a loney college freshman (Lola Kirke) just looking for a friend. The two hang out, hit it off, but they’re such incredibly different people you never quite know where the film will take you.

After its Sundance premiere, I said this about the movie: “Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.”

Now you can see what I mean. The first Mistress America trailer is out. Watch it below. Read More »

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Mistress America review

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 movie about self-discovery.

That lack of easy categorization is probably the only thing Baumbach’s latest film, Mistress America, shares with the director’s other films. Well, that and his co-writer and star Greta Gerwig. Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.

Mistress America had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and you can read the rest of our Mistress America review below. Read More »