Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' spins relentlessly but takes us nowhere

Justin Timberlake is unbearable and Kate Winslet is over-the-top

Justin Timberlake is unbearable and Kate Winslet is over-the-top

Farrow, whose brother Ronan investigated and reported on Weinstein's history of alleged sexual misconduct for The New Yorker, says that when she was 7, Allen led her to an attic where he sexually assaulted her.

Farrow also specifically singled out for criticism several actresses who have worked with Allen, including Winslet, Blake Lively and Greta Gerwig. She's been having a secret affair with callow lifeguard Mickey Rubin (Justin Timberlake), a former G.I. turned Greenwich Village hipster who aspires to be a playwright and over-enthusiastically narrates our sad story, occasionally pausing to apologize for his more melodramatic flourishes. But this is not a "he said, child said" situation. She accused him of putting his thumb in her mouth and climbing into bed with her in his underwear, and said the behaviour was witnessed by friends and family members.

Despite the allegations, 42-year-old Winslet has praised the director's ability to create female characters in a new interview with Sydney Morning Herald.

Dylan Farrow, daughter of director Woody Allen, has blasted Hollywood for intentionally overlooking past sexual assault allegations levelled against her father amid the industry's anti-harassment movement. Carolina just seems to provide a thorn in Ginny's side. Discussions will ensue over Allen's overtly misogynistic treatment and language towards his female characters. "His female characters are always so rich and large and honest in terms of how they're feeling and he just knows how to write dialogue for them to communicate all that".

The Oscar-winning actress said: 'At the end of the day, you look at the facts. Several people provided testimonies in court that matched Farrow's claims of a specific incident, Vanity Fair reports, including a babysitter who, according to Farrow, allegedly "saw Allen with his head buried" in her lap when she was not wearing underwear. Allen's savvy affiliates know that it's unseemly to direct attacks at me, an alleged victim, and so the invective is directed at my mother again and again. One could say it's trashy fun, akin to a soap opera but with a top-notch writer and director, who may not be in his prime anymore, but here has made his best film since Blue Jasmine. "I could [only] know my experience".

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If she were surrounded by a better movie, there'd be much to talk about in Winslet's performance: how her voice gets subtly, endearingly higher during a drunk scene; how you can see hope drain from her face as if a plug suddenly were pulled; how she valiantly nearly sells a line like, "I hate it, this whole honky-tonk fairyland". Now, Carolina's on the run from her abusive husband and his goombah gang, who are all rightfully anxious that she knows too much about their business. That's all I can say.

Dylan Farrow (with her mom, Mia Farrow) accused Allen of sexual assault in 2014.

The director Wednesday Soon-Yi Previn in 1997, a union that also garnered controversy, as Previn is the adopted daughter of Allen's ex-wife Mia Farrow.

The deliberately stagy "Wonder Wheel" jams these characters into that cramped apartment with the insane colors blasting in from outside, piling them all onto one another's last nerves for long, blowsy theatrical arguments while Mickey makes self-conscious references to Eugene O'Neill. Perhaps it's something that would have made a better play than a film because Allen is channelling his inner Tennessee Williams, after all. The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades.

Mickey also mentions during the opening that Coney Island has slowly begun to become a seedier destination, but one can't help but feel he must be in his own beachside paradise as sensuality, wisdom, and broken marriages reveal their wear and tear, in turn, placing him in a complex love triangle.

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