Elf + E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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Double feature: This one is, admittedly, a no-brainer. But how many apter double features for this time of year are there? Continue reading

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What Maisie Knew + About a Boy

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Double feature: “What Maisie Knew” and “About a Boy” are two low-key literary adaptations examining what, and how, two only children understand and absorb upheaval in their domestic lives. (Seasonally appropriate bonus points to “About a Boy” for easing viewers into the holiday season.)

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Bill Cunningham New York + Michael Clayton

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Double feature: “I’m not the enemy,” the eponymous protagonist of “Michael Clayton” tells his unravelling coworker in an attempt to distance himself from the compromising agenda of his profession.  The latter, not skipping a beat, shoots back: “Then who are you?”  It is this exchange – the sharpest in a film of sharp exchanges – that links “Michael Clayton” to the endearing and moving documentary “Bill Cunningham New York.”

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The Last Days of Disco + Hannah and Her Sisters

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Double feature: There isn’t much to argue about/with the assertion that New York is a city of cultural, as well as financial, wealth.  The enviably literate, well-spoken characters in “The Last Days of Disco” and “Hannah and Her Sisters” are socially and temperamentally positioned to take advantage of both.  In traveling the seams where money, art, breeding, and beauty meet in various combinations, they let us vicariously do so as well.

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