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‘Vivarium’ Review: Jesse Eisenberg Satire Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

‘Vivarium’ Review: Jesse Eisenberg Satire Bites Off More Than It Can Chew
Feeling simultaneously overstuffed and undercooked, Lorcan Finnegan’s “Vivarium” tries to ring a warning bell about, well, a lot of things. In the end, though, it works best as a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of filmmakers biting off more than they can chew.

Clearly a lot of thought went into the film. The story of a young couple trapped in a purgatorial pre-fab housing complex, “Vivarium” tries to work as a consumerist satire, as an allegory about parenting and as a sci-fi thriller, but it never fully satisfies on any one front.

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots play a thirtysomething couple looking to take the plunge into homeownership. On a lark, they agree to visit a pre-fab suburb somewhere on the outskirts of town, mostly to gawk at the units that look like Monopoly houses painted in the uniquely unappealing shade of pea soup.

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Loco Films Boards ‘Paper Flag’ From Promising New Director Nathan Ambrosioni (Exclusive)

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Loco Films has come on board “Paper Flag” (“Les Papiers de drapeaux”), the feature debut of 18-year old French director Nathan Ambrosioni.

The film explores the ambivalent relationship between two siblings and the concept of freedom. Guillaume Gouix (“The Returned”) stars as a young adult who has just got out of jail after 12 years of detention and bursts into the tranquile life of his younger sister, away from the city. Gouix stars opposite Noémie Merlant, who previously starred in “Once in a Lifetime” and “Heaven Will Wait.”

Loco Films is screening “Paper Flag” at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris, ahead of its launch at the European Film Market in Berlin next month. The film already won the audience prize at the La Roche-Sur-Yon Festival in France, which is spearheaded by Paolo Moretto, the new head of Cannes’s Directors Fortnight.

Laurent Danielou, the co-founder of Loco Films, told Variety that
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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck Flaunt L.A. Pride at Woolsey Fire Benefit

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck Flaunt L.A. Pride at Woolsey Fire Benefit
If you can judge an audience’s excitement by the number of camera phones hoisted into the air, then two moments stand out for the Los Angeles event dubbed Malibu Love Sesh. First, was when Jack Black made a cameo in the middle of Beck’s set. The second was simply when headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers burst into “Californication.”

It was a proudly California affair, a benefit held Sunday at the Hollywood Palladium to benefit victims of the Woolsey Fire that swept through Malibu last November. At an event
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