Year of Release: 2016
Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Ken Stott, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, Sheryl Lee, Paul Schneider, Douglas McGrath, Tony Sirico
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7
"Cafe Society" is one of Woody Allen's better films from his latest crop. While not as fantastic as "Blue Jasmine", it still has an effortless charm and ease that almost puts it on par with what he did with "Radio Days" for instance (and that film came out in 1987). The film successfully captures the atmosphere of the old Hollywood, with the trendy clubs, while also capturing the gangster life of New York in the 30s. The film benefits from a fantastic cast with solid performances, particularly Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Parker Posey and Ken Stott, all of whom create characters that have charm, ease and a nicely attuned sense of humor. The cinematography from the fantastic Vittorio Storaro is radiant and stunning (why isn't this man working more?), and the production design of Santo Loquasto impeccable (he's been working with Woody Allen since "Radio Days"). A very good film worth watching.