“Have I ever missed a deadline?” “Constantly.” Over forty years after making its debut, Joan Micklin Silver
’s sophomore feature — following her low-budget 1975 historical drama “Hester Street
” — “Between the Lines
” is more timely than ever. The zippy, lived-in dramedy chronicles the intersecting lives of a pack of staffers at a Boston alt-weekly that’s already full of drama before it kicks into its central plot: what happens when the paper seems destined to fall prey to a corporate takeover.
As the staff grapples with the possibility that their lives (and livelihoods) are about to be forever changed, the film digs into plenty of still-intriguing ideas about the responsibility of the press, what it means to grow up, and how to hold on to your youthful zest when real-life responsibilities won’t stop calling.
The film features Jeff Goldblum
in one of his earliest roles — after “Next Stop, Greenwich Village