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Writer’s Life

Exploring the lives and trajectories of writers has become a fairly common film trope, since the movies are written by, well, writers. But the best films about writers elevate themselves far beyond navel-gazing, from Charlie Kaufman's artful deconstruction of self in Adaptation to the surrealism of Barton Fink to Cynthia Nixon's idiosyncratic Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion.

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Staff Pick of the Day

Listen Up Philip

Directed by Alex Ross Perry

Psychological Drama - 108 Minutes - 2014

In Alex Ross Perry's 2014 drama, Jason Schwartzman plays Philip, a self-absorbed, jarringly-arrogant novelist who meets and temporarily moves into the home of an older writer (Jonathan Pryce) whose bitter life serves as a harbinger for Philip's own. Elisabeth Moss shines, as she always does, as Philip's long-suffering girlfriend who has grown so conditioned to his nonsense that she has to re-learn how experience proper happiness. (Available on FilmStruck)

- Chris Steffen