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J.J. Abrams shouldered a Herculean challenge: co-write and direct "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." I'm pleased to report that Abrams nails it incorporating the iconic elements that originator George Lucas molded into a poignant science fiction fable. The new chapter weaves these themes into an action packed, CGI extravaganza buoyed by terrific acting embedded in a solid story.

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The title of writer/director Noah Baumbach's latest film, "While We're Young," is as much a plaintive assertion as a description of Josh and Cornelia's status. In their mid-forties, on the cusp of having to reconcile themselves to their personal and professional choices, Josh and Cornelia encounter a nagging challenge to any complacency through Jamie and Darby, hip twenty-somethings.

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The time: 1961; the setting: smoky, folky bar in New York City. The player: Llewyn Davis, a folk singer with a penchant toward being irresponsible, arrogant and needy. Think of the recent title character of "Francis Ha," and you have Llewyn Davis only 50 years ago and with a guitar.

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Except for a few scenes, painfully funny, most of “Frances Ha” is not a comedy, no matter how the producers try to sell it. Perhaps feminism is to blame: after all, for years, we ranted that women deserve as much of a chance to get away with being idiots and slaggards as men do.

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