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The incredible thing about film is that it gives a glimpse into the literal perspective of someone else. This is obvious, but also goes double for experimental film. Without the rules of traditional filmmaking (plot, character, et cetera), and only c …Read more

Watching Slack Bay is like listening to a stranger’s overlong joke. Eliciting at first a mild laughter, the anecdote trails on, leaving your politely affixed smile now paining your face. Bruno Dumont’s follow-up to Li’l Quinquin runs an unhurried two …Read more

The Hippopotamus, will debut in U.S. theaters starting on June 15, 2017

The Commune opens with a polished, middle-aged couple and their teenage daughter touring a mansion. We soon learn that the father, Eric, (Ulrich Thomsen), inherited this dour and cavernous house, and his wife, Anna, (Trine Dyrholm) is angling to move …Read more

We spoke to Jarkko Lahti who plays a famous Finnish boxer in the award winning The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki. In 1962, small town Finnish boxer Olli Mäki (Jarkko Lahti) had a shot at World Featherweight title when he faced American Davey …Read more

ENCOMPASS NEW OPERA THEATRE presents PARADIGM SHIFTS: Music and Film Festival James Chapel at Union Theological Seminary …Read more

I, Olga Hepnarova A young lesbian woman (Michalina Olszanska) in the midst of sexual discovery shrinks away from a society that is unkind to her. Full of hatred due to years of being bullied and physically abused, she reconciles with a plan for venge …Read more

Julian Assange pours himself whiskey with ceremony. No opening to Laura Poitras’ new documentary could shock less. The tilt, the swirl, the self-satisfied quaff — I could have guessed. Such is the predominant emotion that one gets from Risk. Although …Read more

In the 1970s artist Chris Burden had one of his friends shoot him in the arm for the appropriately titled performance piece Shoot, he also crucified himself on top of a Volkswagen Beetle for Trans-Fixed, decades later in 2011 he finished Metropolis I …Read more

The world is urbanizing at an astonishing rate, and if we aren’t mindful in that process, the results could be dire. So says Matt Tyrnauer in his documentary, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. In order to present the debate of urban development, he …Read more

In Newton, director Amit Masurkar has created a finely tuned little movie that accomplishes the rare feat of satisfying precisely the parameters it sets for itself. It seems intuitively wrong to use the word “small” anywhere around the topic of India …Read more

In their crowdfunding video, Sam Voutas and friends describe how their last venture, Redlight Revolution, was hijacked. Twirling an umbrella with stolen Redlight artwork plastered on its plastic body, the team winds through the backstreets of a Chine …Read more

Look how the light illuminates the dust, free from shadow, the sweat beads pearled on skin, the frigid bright snow, and the silken hair of the protagonist Liina. This is the magic of black and white cinema. November immediately entrances with its aes …Read more

In The Promise, Oscar Isaac plays a young Armenian man, Mikael Pogosian, who leaves his small village to go to medical school in Constantinople. The titular promise refers to his pledge to return and marry a village girl (Angela Sarafyan), whose dowr …Read more

Last week, photos of Saffiyah Khan, half Pakistani/half Bosnian UK citizen, went viral when she came to assist a hijab-wearing Muslim woman getting harassed by a group of EDL lads. The English Defense League—an extreme right wing, anti-Islamic group— …Read more

Jack Lowden is the kind of actor who can make golfing look like the most thrilling sport on Earth. And no offense to golfers, there must be a reason why the sport has remained so popular for more than a century, but because of its solitary nature and …Read more

In Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, the titular jazz titan remains elusive and out of reach as the title of the film might imply. Director John Scheinfeld starts at the beginning of  Coltrane’s life in North Carolina where his religious …Read more

Joseph Cedar’s first English-language film centers around the eponymous hero, Norman Oppenheimer. He is introduced as an amusingly grating New York schmoozer of limited success. Richard Gere, as Norman, is always ruddy-cheeked, trawling midtown, a pe …Read more

The Lost City of Z is James Grey’s entry into the cinematic tradition of obsessive adventurer movies. Based on the real-life expeditionist of the early 20th century, Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), Grey’s approach is characteristically subtle. This i …Read more

Doing the right thing seems impossible when no one knows exactly what “the right thing” is. One morning, railroad linesman Tzanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov) finds millions in cash lying on the tracks. Rather than keeping the money, he calls the autho …Read more

Stanley Kubrick’s contributions to cinema extend well beyond his innovative way of juxtaposing images to tell stories and his symmetrical compositions; he was also a master at using music to heighten and highlight emotions. Whether he was using Jocel …Read more

In 1942, 13-year-old Ernst Lossa (Ivo Pietzcker) is transferred from a children’s home to Dr. Werner Veithausen’s (Sebastian Koch) psychiatric hospital. Though there is nothing wrong with him, Ernst is Yenish and Third Reich “gypsy” discrimination al …Read more

Trying to write about girlhood is hard because you find yourself using words like, “gauzy”, “liminal”, “delicate”, “fleeting”. These cheesy things we say about growing up are true after all, but figuring out how to say it again convincingly is the ch …Read more

In Christian Schwochow’s Cracks in the Shell from 2011 a young drama student, belittled by her drama teacher, goes on to win the leading role in a play and takes her method acting to dark, dangerous places. In Schwochow’s new film Paula, young artist …Read more

Full as it is with often complicated imagery and complex symbolism, it is perhaps a relatively simple image in Nicolette Krebitz’s film Wild that is most telling: a young woman named Ania (Lilith Strangenberg), having begun an obsession with wolves a …Read more

Through the windows of an abandoned farmhouse in New Hampshire, a prospective buyer spots the decaying body of what appears to a homeless woman. Next to her body, a diary reveals an astonishing journey of survival and starvation during one of the col …Read more

Alec Baldwin seems to have cornered the market on playing ruthless, blond, businessmen with plans of world domination, but unlike the terrifying character he’s played on Saturday Night Live post-election, his (voice) turn in The Boss Baby is of the a …Read more

Samantha Isler’s onscreen breakthrough came in 2016’s Captain Fantastic in which she played one of the children of an eccentric man played by Viggo Mortensen. But a few years before starring in the Oscar nominated film, Isler shot the low budget horr …Read more

After 20 years and much anticipation Danny Boyle has followed up his 1996 ode to addiction Trainspotting with a sequel that is every bit as eclectic and vibrant as its predecessor, but doesn’t quite capture the sense of vitality and innovation that m …Read more

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