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  • Summary: Sex, politics and American culture are mixed into a combustible combination in Now & Later. Angela is an illegal Latina immigrant living in Los Angeles who stumbles across Bill, a disgraced banker on the run. She takes him in. Through passionate sex, soul-searching conversations ranging from politics to philosophy, and other worldly pleasures, Angela introduces Bill to another worldview. As their affair heats up, the course of Bill's life begins to take an abrupt and unexpected turn. The film was conceived by the director in reaction to American's penchant for violence in our culture and our puritanical censoring of anything involving sex. Familiar with philosopher Wilhelm Reich's notion that a sexually repressed society turns into a violent one, Diaz makes an unabashedly sexual yet cerebral film that challenges the perception that sex in media is harmful. (Cinema Libre) Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Feb 24, 2011
    40
    The clumsily shot and scripted Now & Later is a hollow concoction of sex, politics and endless chatter that's just a few camera angles short of hard-core porn.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 17, 2011
    40
    Offensive only in Mr. Wortham's dreadful acting, Now & Later is part of a series at the Quad called "Unrated: A Week of Sex in Cinema" - a title that should ensure plenty of backsides on seats.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 18, 2011
    40
    Without fully fleshed-out generic or social contexts, left-wing documentarian Philippe Diaz's preachy mix of graphic free love and polemical diatribe fails to mesh as fiction, though it does make for superior porn.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 18, 2011
    25
    The dialogue is banal and the acting, especially Wortham's, is unconvincing. Even the sex and nudity, of which there is a lot, grows tiresome after a while.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 15, 2011
    20
    Even if you ignore the bad acting, dogmatic dirty-talk dialogue so wooden it'd put a Redwood forest to shame and director Phillippe Diaz's total lack of visual sense, you'd still have to digest a junior-collegiate lecture with less savvy than a horny 14-year-old.
  6. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Feb 15, 2011
    10
    Worse, all of this sex is so garishly lit and unimaginatively framed that it's not even fun to watch.

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