Melanie Lynskey

Happy Christmas, a product of the low-budget, realism-oriented mumblecore movement, is anything but. It’s a small, thoughtful comedy that’s more concerned with believable characters and relationships than it is with highly-scripted dialogue or memorable set pieces.

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“Putzel” is a Yiddish slang word meaning dummy, schmuck, or more literally, penis, and like some kind of abandoned love child sprung from the loins of Bob Newhart and Woody Allen, the ineffectual Putzel definitely lives up to his moniker.

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Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, who adapted his own novel of the same name for the film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower centers around Charlie (Logan Lerman), an awkward, introverted high school freshman who has seen too much pain in his young life.

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‘Shattered Glass’ is an overlooked movie starring the man now known as young Anakin Skywalker and based on the true story of Stephen Glass, who made up stories for three years at New Republic magazine.

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