Noah Baumbach: Marriage Story illustrates that to take sides is folly

The directors breakthrough film was about his parents divorce, and his latest movie seems to be about his own. But what he thinks they are really about is hope Over the years, Noah Baumbach, the American writer/director, has made films about all sorts of things. Kicking and Screaming (1995) is about a group of college pals who refuse to move on with their lives. The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) is about siblings attempting to live in the shadow of their egomaniacal artist father. But for some of us, he really has only one true subject: D-I-V-O-R-C-E. Consider the best movies of his career so far, made almost 15 years apart: Marriage Story, his hotly Oscar-tipped new film. To pinch from Philip …

‘Little Women’ delivers a perfect balance of sentiment and social commentary

Following her dual Oscar nominations for writing and directing Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig embraced the daunting task of adaptingLittle Women. Written by Louisa May Alcott, this beloved coming-of-age novel depicts the lives of four sisters in 19th-century New England. Funny, sentimental, and wonderfully observant, Gerwigs version takes some structural liberties with the source material, working on the assumption that many viewers already know the story. So we open with the revelation that the free-spirited Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) has rejected a marriage proposal from the rich and charming Laurie (Timothe Chalamet), before flashing back seven years back into the past, when Laurie first came into the lives of the March family. Little Women RELEASE DATE: 12/25/2019DIRECTOR: Greta GerwigRELEASE: TheatricalWriter/director Greta …