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'Girls' Recap 10: Saving the Worst for Last

If last week’s episode dealt with body horror (ass splinters! lodged Q-tips!), this week’s episode deals with the horror of finishing things. Hannah struggles -- but not too hard -- with wrapping up her barely inchoate manuscript, while “Girls” struggles with capping off its second season in a coherent, consistent fashion. It fails.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 12:30 AM
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SXSW Review: In Lovely and Devastating Narrative Spotlight Entry 'Good Night,' No One Goes Gently

One of the best films I’ve seen at SXSW is “Good Night" by Sean H.A. Gallagher, a striking ensemble piece that looks at one night in the lives of a group of thirtysomethings as they unwittingly assemble for an announcement from their friend Leigh (Adriene Mischler): Her leukemia, which has been in remission for the past three years, has returned. It’s not going away.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 12, 2013 7:35 PM
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'Girls' Recap 6: The 'Boys' Aren't in Kansas Anymore, Toto

One of the things I’ve admired about this season of “Girls” is that it has no obligation to regularly check in with each of the four “leads” of the show. Instead, certain characters are more central in certain episodes, in an organic way, while supporting characters are given a surprising amount of interiority.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 17, 2013 9:30 PM
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Alex Karpovsky of 'Girls' Gets Double Feature Treatment at Film Society of Lincoln Center

Tribeca Film and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are giving two films, "Rubberneck" and "Red Flag," by writer-director-actor Alex Karpovsky a double feature run at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Like his frequent collaborator Lena Dunham ("Girls," "Tiny Furniture"), Karpovsky stars himself his films.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 7, 2013 2:26 PM
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Tribeca Films Loves Alex Karpovsky, Picks Up Both 'Red Flag' and 'Rubberneck'

Tribeca Films has picked up North American rights for two films by Alex Karpovsky, "Rubberneck" and "Red Flag." Both films Karpovsky wrote and starred in, and center on a young man's awkward navigation of relationships.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2012 1:28 PM
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MoMA To Screen Gotham Awards' 5 Nominees for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

MoMA's Department of Film, in collaboration with Independent Film Project and Filmmaker Magazine, will screen the five nominees competing for the Gotham Awards' Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You title. This year's screenings, running November 16-19, include...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2012 2:14 PM
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Hamm, Dunham and Karpovsky Teach Us About The New Yorker iPhone App

Anything co-starring Jon Hamm and Lena Dunham is bound to have merit, and the same goes for this laugh-out-loud New Yorker iPhone app skit. Hamm plays a talkshow host and Dunham plays Lonny Dolan (or something like that), a celeb with "high degree of difficulty" pants and an upcoming movie called "The Assistant."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2012 2:34 PM
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