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Zurich Film Festival 2016 Porto, La Reconquista, Lady Macbeth, & Two Lottery Tickets

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Zurich Film Festival 2016: Porto, La Reconquista, Lady Macbeth, & Two Lottery Tickets

Double Play Films

Zurich Film Festival 2016: Porto, La Reconquista, Lady Macbeth, & Two Lottery Tickets

It’s generally agreed upon that one should allow themselves a few hours of decompression and acclimation when first landing in a faraway city, but as I drowsily touched down for the 12th annual Zurich Film Festival after an arduous 10-hour flight, time was not on my side, so I rushed instead to a film that captures something ineffable about the frazzled traveler’s mindset. Gabe Klinger’s Porto, my first taste of the festival at an evening showing, is about bemusedly roaming in half-light through a foreign city while periodically drifting in and out of recollections of a potent recent relationship gone sour.

Tribeca Review: The Wannabe, The Driftless Area, & Meadowland

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Tribeca Review: <em>The Wannabe</em>, <em>The Driftless Area</em>, & <em>Meadowland</em>
Tribeca Review: <em>The Wannabe</em>, <em>The Driftless Area</em>, & <em>Meadowland</em>

Set in Little Italy, executive-produced by Martin Scorsese, and “inspired by” a true story, The Wannabe is a solid but unexceptional addition to the growing canon of gangster movies whose mobsters aren’t glamorous, soulful antiheroes, but canny and unprincipled brutes. Not much is known about why the real Thomas and Rosemarie Uva chose to do something as risky and, not to put too fine a point on it, stupid as robbing mafia social clubs in Queens (the Daily News called them Bonnie and Clod). In last year’s Rob the Mob, Thomas is portrayed as being angry at the mob for having beaten his father when he was late with his payments on a business loan, but The Wannabe’s writer-director, Nick Sandow, shows him as motivated by a childlike obsession with the mafia in general, and John Gotti in particular. Desperate to be accepted into one of the families, this version of the man somehow convinces himself that robbing gangsters as they play cards is a good way to prove that he belongs. But then, thinking isn’t exactly his strong suit.

15 Famous Missing Persons

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15 Famous Missing Persons
15 Famous Missing Persons

In a role that’s sure to further squander her talent, big-eyed blonde Amanda Seyfried returns this weekend in Gone, a paranoid thriller that sees her character go rogue when the police won’t help her find her missing sister. Lots of folks go missing in the movies—kids, Dames, drugged fiancés, imaginary inmates—and some of the most memorable are right here in this list. So while Seyfried hopefully kicks off another search (for a new agent), click on through to see which cinematic abductees are here—and, if you feel so inclined, tell us which ones are, you know, missing.

Hughes Redux: Jon Poll’s Charlie Bartlett

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Hughes Redux: Jon Poll’s <em>Charlie Bartlett</em>
Hughes Redux: Jon Poll’s <em>Charlie Bartlett</em>

Charlie Bartlett is basically Richie Rich Slings Dope. Charlie (Anton Yelchin), the titular brilliant, offbeat rich kid, has trouble fitting in at his new public high school (having run out of private schools to get kicked out of), so he decides to win friends and influence people by reselling his own prescription antidepressants to bummed out classmates. The kids who, two scenes prior, laughed at his starched private school blazer and mocked his cornball civility now line up outside the Boys’ Room to get their dope (Ritalin, Zoloft, etc.) along with some free counseling.

Dumb and Wasted: Alpha Dog

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Dumb and Wasted: Alpha Dog

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Dumb and Wasted: Alpha Dog

The litmus test for macho actors and characters in Badass movies—a vast genre encompassing everything from Reservoir Dogs to that stupidfuck Longest Yard remake—is to imagine the badass in question sitting in on a Scared Straight session without peeing his pants. Harry Dean Stanton in Straight Time? Dry as a bone. Ryan Phillippe in The Way of the Gun? A tad moist.