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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘The Women,’ ‘Burn After Reading,’ ‘Bangkok Dangerous,’ ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’

Update: A last-minute addition to my screening schedule this week: Happy-Go-Lucky [opens limited October 10]. This is the new one from Mike Leigh, who made the wonderful Vera Drake, though this one’s a comedy. It’ll be a selection at both the upcoming Toronto and New York film festivals.

It’s another sloooow movie week for me, as we wait for the serious fall season to gear up. The only major release this Friday, September 5, is Bangkok Dangerous, which won’t screen for critics, though I’ll check it out on opening day and report back.

So it’s just a couple of other early-autumn flicks for me this week. I’m guessing I’m going to hate The Women [opens wide September 12], because this is how it’s being sold to us:

In New York City’s modern whirl of fashion and publishing, Mary Haines seems to have it all–a beautiful country home, a rich financier husband, an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father’s venerable clothing company. Her best friend, Sylvie Fowler, leads another enviable life–as a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine, a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York’s cutting edge. But when Mary’s husband enters into an affair with Crystal Allen, a sultry “spritzer girl” lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter, all hell breaks loose. Mary and Sylvie’s relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends, including mega-mommy Edie Cohen and author Alex Fisher, all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships as well.

None of which sounds like the New York I know, or any of the women I know. Nor does it sound like the kind of fantasyland I’d like to visit, either.

And then I’ve got the new Coen Brothers flick, Burn After Reading [opens wide September 12]. I’ve already gone into some depth about why I’m so excited for this one, but I’ll say it again: Yippee!



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