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Movie review: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ dives into early’90s New York, with struggling author trying to stay afloat

Marielle Heller's second feature film, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?," is an interesting companion piece (and mirror) to her debut, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl." Both films are adaptations of women's memoirs, and both carefully inspect the ways in which women navigate and survive with regard to their age and sexuality. As writers, the characters are aware of this, and aware of how they can create their own reality with their words.

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Movie review: ‘What They Had’ explores family expectations as matriarch faces Alzheimer’s decline

You can't always get what you want – or expected to have. But nevertheless, we try, and sometimes, we do get what we need. This is the idea explored in Elizabeth Chomko's debut feature, "What They Had." Chomko, an actress, wrote and directed the sensitive and naturalistic family drama about the intergenerational conflicts swirling around a parent with Alzheimer's. She's assembled a wonderfully talented cast to explore the subject, the themes of expectations and the failure of those expectations.

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Movie review: ‘Mid90s’ is a well-executed slice of ’90s nostalgia

Jonah Hill's directorial debut "Mid90s" ends with what is seemingly the film's inspirational spark. It's a sequence shot in the style of those '90s homemade skate videos, the ones that would have been passed around on VHS tapes housed in battered paper covers. Set to classic rap music, the style is grainy, handheld, filmed mostly with a fish-eye lens, following teen boys on skateboards as they grind rails, kickflip and ollie. They hang out in parks, cruise in the backseats of cars and taunt the camera, helmed by a skater nicknamed "Fourth Grade." It's a perfectly executed slice of '90s nostalgia, and the film begs the question, just who are these kids?