Scott Marks 12:30 p.m., July 26
- Rated R | 1 hour, 33 minutes
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As a whodunit, writer-director Aaron Katz’s LA-gorgeous story of movie stars (Zoe Kravitz) and their devoted assistants (Lola Kirke) is a bit flimsy-fake — you know, like a movie set — relying as it does on shoddy police work, a couple of glaring coincidences, and a suspect who goes from too crushed to issue a press release to plucky Girl Detective in a couple of panicked heartbeats. But that’s only because the real mystery lies elsewhere, and it has more to do with who these people are and how they stand with each other and the world. And that part of the proceedings is smartly (if sadly) solid. The pace is langorous, the better to let you luxuriate in the rarefied setting and get lost in Kirke’s ocean-deep eyes. And LA looks every bit as seductive as it would need to in order to make a smart girl live a dumb life, all lovely surfaces and good lighting. The word "beguiling" came to mind throughout. 2017.