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.
New Orleans-based filmmaker John Richie explores gun violence and background checks
Just about every documentary made to deliver a sociopolitical message winds up preaching to the converted. From abortion to economic inequality to gun control, hot-button topics make for provocative films, but mostly attract audiences predisposed to agreeing with a particular filmmaker's underlying point of view.
A New Orleans singer finds fame through YouTube in Ido Haar’s documentary
There's nothing like a Cinderella story unfolding in your own backyard. Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar's documentary Presenting Princess Shaw tells the unlikely tale of New Orleans-based YouTube sensation Samantha Montgomery (who goes by the name Princess Shaw), a talented singer/songwriter who was plucked from obscurity by musician, producer and digital collage specialist Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ absurd satire on the conventions of couplehood
Globalization pervades just about everything today, but when it reaches the absurdist black comedies of Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, you know the world has changed. Known primarily for small, surreal satires like the Oscar-nominated Dogtooth, Lanthimos expands his cinematic circle with The Lobster.
Luca Guadagnino’s engrossing drama stars Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes
In the long and varied history of Italian cinema there's a tradition of brash, effusive films ranging from Federico Fellini's masterworks (La Dolce Vita) to Sergio Leone's spaghetti Westerns (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly). A new generation of Italian directors that includes Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) and Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) updates that approach with an emphasis on real human emotion — not the easy-to-digest kind often served up by Hollywood — and a willingness to create characters whose flaws and frailties are left intact.
Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons star in the math genius drama screening at Broad Theater.
The science-focused biopic has emerged as an unlikely subgenre for movies in recent years. The trend reached a late-2014 peak with the release of The Imitation Game (which received eight Oscar nominations), the little-known story of computer science pioneer Alan Turing, and The Theory of Everything (five Oscar nominations), which focuses on the personal life of physics visionary Stephen Hawking.
A reimagination of lush and grotesque fairy tales at the Broad Theater
Almost two centuries before Grimm's Fairy Tales, there was a collection of 50 stories called the Pentamerone, or Tale of Tales, that first assembled the tales later reimagined by the Brothers Grimm as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel and many others. Written by the Italian poet Giambattista Basile and published posthumously in 1634 and 1636, Tale of Tales has languished in relative obscurity due in part to the little-known Neapolitan dialect in which Basile wrote.
Don Cheadle directs and stars in a new biopic of jazz great Miles Davis
For an independent filmmaker, there is no more daunting task than making a biopic of a legendary musician. Hollywood biopics tend to reduce complex lives into a series of momentous events, trivializing a subject typically held dear by audience and filmmakers alike.
Richard Linklater goes back to the ‘80s in his new comedy
If modesty remains a virtue in the crass, celebrity-driven pop culture of 2016, then Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Richard Linklater may be in line for sainthood. From studio-driven movies like Bad News Bears and School of Rock to fiercely independent films such as Slacker and Tape, Linklater's career adds up to a uniquely humanist, ego-free zone of creativity.
A low-budget Norwegian disaster film is an effective eye-opener
Disaster movies have a long, rich history in Hollywood and beyond, beginning with a British film called Fire! that was made in 1901.