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DIFF: Friday Picks

by Stephen Becker 1 Apr 2011 10:43 AM

The Future, Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times and Lucky make our list of must-see films for Friday.


The Future – In your 20s, life is full of possibility. In your 30s, it still is, but you’ve kind of settled into who you are and it takes more effort to see beyond the day-to-day. The Future is a film for people who find themselves in that position. In it, a couple decides to quit their jobs in pursuit of more meaningful lives. Eventually, they learn that it’s unrealistic to just snap your fingers and live a new life. For more on The Future, see my interview with its writer, director and star, Miranda July. (7:30 p.m., Angelika)

Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times –  Even if you’ve never picked up a copy of The New York Times, the paper has had an incredible influence on the news that you consume. It is, after all, the media’s most prominent agenda setter. So what happens to the news landscape if economics force The Times to play a diminished role? That’s the question at the core of Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times. David Carr, the paper’s media columnist, is consistently entertaining and insightful as one of a handful of guides walking us through the new media world order. Some talking heads in the film will tell you that in the days of Wikileaks and bloggers, The Times isn’t as important as it once was. But then Carr shows a panel of people who run aggregating websites what their sites would look like without the traditional media’s presence, and it makes you pause to think about a world without newspapers. (10 p.m., Angelika)

Lucky – This week, a group of seven New York state employees came forward to claim the $319 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot. How will all that money change their lives? That’s partly the story of Lucky, a dark comedy that follows a young man who hopes he can woo his longtime crush now that he’s a big lotto winner. Ann-Margaret appears in the film, and she’ll be on hand at Friday’s screening. If you’ve got time earlier in the day, catch her 1963 classic Bye Bye Birdie, which shows for free at 4 p.m. at the Angelika. (7:15 p.m., Magnolia)