Ira Sachs

Critical Mass: 'Love is Strange' might be the best movie in theaters this Labor Day weekend

Love Is Strange

Image Credit: Jeong Park

With a lackluster collection of films opening wide in multiplexes this holiday weekend, it’s time to herald an indie gem. Love is Strange debuted at Sundance in January, and opened to the top per-screen average in select theaters last weekend. It expands slightly today, and critics seem to be near-unanimous that it’s worth seeking out.

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Sundance 2014: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon cut each other up once more in 'The Trip to Italy'

The Trip To Italy

Image Credit: Ciro Meggiolaro

Fifty years ago (on Feb. 7, 1964, to be precise), the Beatles came to America with a sound so blissful and spangly and new that it would have seemed – still seems – counterintuitive to think how much that sound was influenced by America. The four magical mop tops seemed to relish our rock & roll even more than we did (though, of course, they gave it their own incandescent spin).

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