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Susan Seidelman Knows What It’s Like to Be in “Movie Jail”

In February, I attended a one-off screening at Metrograph of the 1987 film “Making Mr. Right,” in which a young…

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Annie Baker Shifts Her Focus to the Big Screen

A mother sits in the front seat of a car, her tanned and freckled face glowing; her daughter, owlish and…

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Jonathan Groff Rolls Merrily Back

For more than forty years, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical “Merrily We Roll Along” was a problem in search…

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Aasif Mandvi Contains Multitudes | The New Yorker

The actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi’s three-decade career—which began with a bit part on “Miami Vice”—encompasses three distinct eras of…

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A Poet’s Reckoning with What Poetry Can Do

The poet Diane Seuss and I began a recent conversation by talking about the burdens of companionship—or, at least, how…

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What George Miller Has Learned in Forty-five Years of Making “Mad Max” Movies

George Miller’s film career began with barely averted violence. In 1971, when he was a twenty-six-year-old medical student in Sydney,…

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Amy Herzog Wants You to Enter Into the Strangeness of Caregiving

A child we cannot see is in danger. We hear the beeping of medical monitors. We hear his nurse say,…

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The Scholar of Comedy | The New Yorker

The cartoon of Jerry Seinfeld is that he is the comedian who goes on “about nothing.” The nihilist of the…

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