Film Picks: Sad and funny Marriage Story; discomfiting Wet Season, amiable Knives Out

Still from the movie Wet Season starring Koh Jia Ler and Yeo Yann Yann. PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE
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136 minutes, now streaming on Netflix, 4 stars

Writer-director Noah Baumbach (The Squid And The Whale, 2005; Frances Ha, 2012) has a screenplay here that is tipped as the one to beat at coming awards, and it is a thing of beauty. The story moves from comedy to drama and back again without effort, as does the size of the story's focus. In a flash, it transforms from intimate character study to a satire of how the adversarial nature of the law in California and New York turns the most amicable of uncouplings into knock-down, drawn-out, tooth-and-nail fights.

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