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Café Society at Café Angelika

Opening this week: Café Society, Star Trek Beyond, Our Little Sister, and more

Just add scintillating conversation!
Just add scintillating conversation!
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Café Society **

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Woody Allen gives a tour of Woody Allenland, complete with gentle and largely unnecessary narration. Unnecessary for the movie, that is. But it’s just possible that this is something else: a primer of sorts, a re-introduction of the old guy’s schtick to a generation that’s only ever read about him in the tabloids. It’s all here: older men and younger women. The glamour and grime of Old Hollywood showbiz. Los Angeles vs. New York. Being Jewish, both religious and otherwise. Being intellectual (“Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. But the examined life is no bargain”). Being good (or bad). The dubious possibility of getting what you want and holding on to your soul in the process. The sadness at the heart of life. The story concerns a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) setting out to make a life, and the girl (Kristen Stewart) he finds himself living for. It’s handsome, and pleasant, and polished, and sedate. You won’t laugh or cry. You may, however, smile or sigh.

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To mark the opening of Woody Allen’s autumnal, handsome ode to himself and Old Hollywood, Café Society, the Angelika Film Center in Carmel Mountain is looking to start up a little café society of its own. It starts, naturally, with a complimentary cup of coffee with each ticket purchased for pre-noon shows. It progresses to the bites and beverages you can take into the theater. (Pinot and popcorn!) And it finishes with a proper post-show café experience, indoors or out, where you can argue over the film, Allen’s legacy, and Kristen Stewart vs. Blake Lively while getting half-priced food and drinks — including Gimlets, Sidecars, and Old Fashioneds shaken and stirred into being just for the occasion. (Arguing Allen can be thirsty work.)

In other news, I agree with a bunch of my fellow critics that Star Trek Beyond felt like one of the old TV episodes stretched to feature length. The difference is that they didn’t seem to mind the stretch marks, while I found myself losing heart early on and never recovered. And what a waste of Idris Elba as the heavy. Alas.

I won’t quite say that Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is only for fans of the TV series. I will say that fans of the TV series will not be disappointed. I wasn’t. Nor was I disappointed by Scrat’s appearance in Ice Age: Collision Course. It was only everything else I didn’t like. Michel Gondry’s French-teens-on-the-run Microbe & Gasoline, on the other hand, had me undecided for a fair chunk of its running time but ultimately won me over.

As usual, Scott had the rougher time of it, slogging through the black spot misery of Equals and Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (though it probably wasn’t fair to give him that one, given his disdain for the source material). He has a better time with Civil War mumblecore in Men Go to Battle, however, and found true solace in Our Little Sister‘s story of siblings dealing with the death of Dad.

Cheers!

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Just add scintillating conversation!
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Café Society **

thumbnail

Woody Allen gives a tour of Woody Allenland, complete with gentle and largely unnecessary narration. Unnecessary for the movie, that is. But it’s just possible that this is something else: a primer of sorts, a re-introduction of the old guy’s schtick to a generation that’s only ever read about him in the tabloids. It’s all here: older men and younger women. The glamour and grime of Old Hollywood showbiz. Los Angeles vs. New York. Being Jewish, both religious and otherwise. Being intellectual (“Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. But the examined life is no bargain”). Being good (or bad). The dubious possibility of getting what you want and holding on to your soul in the process. The sadness at the heart of life. The story concerns a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) setting out to make a life, and the girl (Kristen Stewart) he finds himself living for. It’s handsome, and pleasant, and polished, and sedate. You won’t laugh or cry. You may, however, smile or sigh.

Find showtimes

To mark the opening of Woody Allen’s autumnal, handsome ode to himself and Old Hollywood, Café Society, the Angelika Film Center in Carmel Mountain is looking to start up a little café society of its own. It starts, naturally, with a complimentary cup of coffee with each ticket purchased for pre-noon shows. It progresses to the bites and beverages you can take into the theater. (Pinot and popcorn!) And it finishes with a proper post-show café experience, indoors or out, where you can argue over the film, Allen’s legacy, and Kristen Stewart vs. Blake Lively while getting half-priced food and drinks — including Gimlets, Sidecars, and Old Fashioneds shaken and stirred into being just for the occasion. (Arguing Allen can be thirsty work.)

In other news, I agree with a bunch of my fellow critics that Star Trek Beyond felt like one of the old TV episodes stretched to feature length. The difference is that they didn’t seem to mind the stretch marks, while I found myself losing heart early on and never recovered. And what a waste of Idris Elba as the heavy. Alas.

I won’t quite say that Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is only for fans of the TV series. I will say that fans of the TV series will not be disappointed. I wasn’t. Nor was I disappointed by Scrat’s appearance in Ice Age: Collision Course. It was only everything else I didn’t like. Michel Gondry’s French-teens-on-the-run Microbe & Gasoline, on the other hand, had me undecided for a fair chunk of its running time but ultimately won me over.

As usual, Scott had the rougher time of it, slogging through the black spot misery of Equals and Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (though it probably wasn’t fair to give him that one, given his disdain for the source material). He has a better time with Civil War mumblecore in Men Go to Battle, however, and found true solace in Our Little Sister‘s story of siblings dealing with the death of Dad.

Cheers!

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