David Mackenzie directs a post-financial crisis Western
It has been argued that all Westerns share a single, underlying topic: the impending loss of the West. A cowboy riding the prairie alone or struggling to protect his secluded ranch may seem threatened by bandits or vengeful natives.
Comedian-turned-director Mike Birbiglia's charming tale of a New York City improv troupe
The rags-to-riches story has been a Hollywood mainstay for more than a century, especially in regards to movies about performing artists. But finding success and realizing your dreams tend to be a bit more complicated for real-world performers.
The acclaimed New Zealand film from longtime Flight of the Conchords collaborator screens at Zeitgeist
New Zealand isn't known as a hotbed of regional film production. But this country of 4.4 million people recently found its top native filmmaker in the unlikely form of 40-year-old comedian and actor Taika Waititi.
A self-portrait of the complicated iconoclast
In the days before the internet, there was no getting around the power of the media to shape the world's understanding of public figures. Artists had a direct link to audiences through their work, but television, newspapers and other forms of mass communication built the public personas that today's celebrities carefully control through social media.
The Broad Theater screens a documentary about a teen metal trio bucking the industry
It's not breaking news that the record industry is not what it was in its heyday. The music streaming freely to smartphones and computers across the globe tells the tale, along with the industry's ever-plummeting sales figures.
Paul Feig’s women-led reboot hushes the naysayers with breezy summer fun
How much trouble does a filmmaker stir up by rebooting a beloved film franchise in the internet age? In most cases, none.
Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow helm the filmmaker's compelling retrospective
There may be no more polarizing director in the history of movies than Brian De Palma. The writer-
director's films have continually split viewers into equally passionate groups of fans and detractors, fueling a 40-year debate on the value of De Palma's work.
A timeless story about faith, motherhood and trauma screens at the Prytania Theatre
The aftermath of World War II has provided the setting and subject matter for some of the most powerful films of the last few years, especially as regards European imports. Prime examples include Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida and Christian Petzold's Phoenix, two adventurous films that devel-oped their own methods for exploring personal identity and the psychological effects of war.
Matthew McConaughey stars in the true story-inspired Civil War film
It is easy to assume that all essential stories from the American Civil War already have been told. Interest in the era was rekindled by Ken Burns' career-making, 10-hours-plus 1990 documentary Civil War — still the most-watched series presented by PBS — and has only grown since that time through countless historical works, novels and feature films from Cold Mountain to Lincoln.
Avoid the multiplex – local theaters run a French film fest, Canadian flicks and more
It's summer, and that means blazing heat, barbecues and blockbuster movies. The summer movie season is replete with franchise films, sequels, comic
book adaptations and big budget spectacles.
The impressive low-budget drama screens at Zeitgeist
The coming-of-age story may be the most wide-ranging of all film genres. Movies like Boyhood, Pan's Labyrinth and Y Tu Mama Tambien all fit the bill but have almost nothing in common other than artistic success and teenage protagonists.
A trio escapes Sri Lankan civil war for French housing projects
Held in the South of France every spring, the Cannes Film Festival holds what is widely seen as the most prestigious film competition in the world. Its coveted top prize is the Palme d'Or.