Between the Lines

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Between the Lines was deftly directed by Joan Micklin Silver on a miniature budget. The drama is set in the offices of an "alternative" newspaper, vaguely reminiscent of The Village Voice (where Silver once worked). The large ensemble cast of then-unknowns is headed by John Heard, playing a photojournalist who takes time off from trying to save the world to have a brief affair with Lindsay Crouse. Other employees and hangers-on include Jeff Goldblum, Jill Eikenberry, Bruno Kirby, Lane Smith and Marilu Henner.

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Critic Reviews for Between the Lines

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  • For most of its talky running time, Between the Lines is a hangout film in which too few of the characters are good company.

    Feb 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Part journalism drama, part sex comedy, Between the Lines is an overlooked gem that chronicles the Boomer slide from counterculture to complacency.

    Jul 29, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • As alternative newsweeklies continue to disappear at an alarming rate, soon to become as extinct as dinosaurs, Between the Lines takes on an even greater nostalgic vibe than ever before.

    Jun 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Boston audiences will be treated to location shots of Harvard Square in its pre-globalization heyday while cinephiles will delight in early performances of stars like Jeff Goldblum before they were known...

    Jun 13, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • This deceptively breezy comedy has a wistful, end-of-an-era vibe that time has only sweetened.

    May 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's still sweet tang, a rising waft of authenticity. The fictional Main Line is losing its counterculture cred-the 1960s had been over for a while-but life, and loving, goes on. Like Jeff Goldblum.

    Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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