Charlize Theron, Diablo Cody, and Jason Reitman reunite for a terrific movie about motherhood

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No one mentions the baby’s name right away. This makes sense: Marlo (Charlize Theron) and Drew (Ron Livingston) are on their third, from a pregnancy that may not have been entirely intentional. Their oldest child, Jonah (Asher Miles Fallica), is struggling with some special needs that have yet to be fully diagnosed.…

With Room 104, Mark and Jay Duplass introduce some chaos after Togetherness

It’s been well established that Mark and Jay Duplass love working together, even if, as younger brother Mark—who stars in Manhunt: Unabomber—put it recently at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, they “spiritually and emotionally unabomb” each other. But what excited the writer-producer brothers the…

James Van Der Beek does a weird dance in this trailer for HBO’s Room 104

Mark and Jay Duplass’ new HBO anthology show Room 104 will premiere in July, and if you’re curious to know what the show is about, this trailer won’t be much help. Basically, this trailer is about a bunch of weird stuff happening in a motel room, but that’s actually a pretty good description for the show itself. Each…

Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson take an affecting nostalgia trip in Blue Jay

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Set in an unspecified small town—sleepy establishing shots suggest a location somewhere on the West Coast—the indie film Blue Jay begins in time-honored fashion, with a chance meeting between a man and a woman. In this case, they’re shopping in the same aisle at the supermarket, and a major silent drama ensues before…

Shuffling characters on Togetherness shows different sides of everyone

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There’s a great line in the movie The Accidental Tourist about how it’s not about how much you love somebody, but who you are when you’re with that person. In this episode of Togetherness, we see different facets of characters that are pretty familiar by this point, and it all depends on who they’re hanging out with.…