September 3rd, 2015 by PRatt
October 17, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

(US, 2015) Written and directed by Woody Allen. Director of photography, Darius Khondji. Cast: Jamie Blackley, Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey.

At 79, Woody Allen has not lost his magical ability to make actors shine. Joaquin Phoenix reaps the rewards with an edgy, magnetic performance that should win him some Best Actor nominations next spring. Phoenix plays a burned out philosophy professor who’s just taken a summer job in a small liberal arts college. This comedy turns dark when Phoenix decides to test the meaninglessness of the universe by committing a crime – which lifts his spirits and jump-starts his love life. The excellent ensemble cast includes Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, and the thinking person’s luminary, Parker Posey. 94 min.

“Every role Phoenix takes on makes for necessary viewing, as he is the most exciting American actor working today.” Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times


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