Review: Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan's masterful return

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams star in the impressive drama
Sometimes things just don't work out for films that once seemed destined for adulation and awards. There's no better example from recent years than celebrated playwright Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret.

Review: in A Man Called Ove, not all grumpy old men are created equal

The Swedish film screens at The Broad Theater
Bleak realism long has characterized the cinema of Sweden, from the art-house classics of Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries) to more recent, noirish crime stories including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Sweden's official entry to next year's Academy Awards and winner of several recent film festival awards, A Man Called Ove comes on like the antidote to decades of emotional austerity.

Review: Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy

The documentary screens through Nov. 23 at Zeitgeist
The storied lives and ugly deaths of punk hero Sid Vicious and his girlfriend and manager Nancy Spungen may not be the freshest topic for a film — the original subtitle for director Danny Garcia's Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy was the self-deprecating Another Film on Sid & Nancy. Many documentaries have told their story along with that of Vicious' band the Sex Pistols, and Alex Cox's 1986 biopic Sid and Nancy has become a cult favorite.

Review: Arrival and learning the language of “others”

Amy Adams stars in Denis Villeneuve’s mesmerizing sci-fi film
There was a time when those who made science fiction movies were more interested in existential dilemmas than action-packed alien invasions. Sci-fi classics from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Blade Runner ponder time, space and the nature of human existence while realizing spectacular visions of unseen worlds.

Review: Moonlight, a meditation on identity

The moving coming-of-age tale received a 2016 New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award
Cultural stereotypes are deeply ingrained in popular entertainment. This is especially true for film, where "types" of people often serve as a kind of storytelling shorthand, moving the plot forward while perpetuating false assumptions about those people.

Review: Jim Jarmusch chronicles the Stooges in Gimme Danger

The documentary screens at The Broad Theater
Sometimes starting at the end is the best way to tell a story. Legendary indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's documentary Gimme Danger begins the story of the Stooges — the proto-punk band co-founded by then 20-year-old Iggy Pop — by presenting the band's messy and defeated 1974 break-up.

Review: The Handmaiden

Park Chan-wook’s stunning psychological thriller opens Oct. 28
It's the inalienable right of any good psychological thriller to mislead its audience. There's no surer way to make viewers feel like participants in an intricate and tension-filled story.

4 films to see as the New Orleans Film Festival closes out 2016

Daughters of the Dust, Five Awake, Manchester By the Sea and A Quiet Storm
The New Orleans Film Festival concludes Thursday with the closing film Daughters of the Dust. Below are new films screening this week.

Review: American Honey

Shia LaBeouf stars in the Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize-winning road movie
Road movies and their literary counterparts occupy a special place in the popular imagination. Like Westerns, road movies use wide-open spaces and free mobility to express a uniquely American belief in unlimited possibilities and personal reinvention.

Review: Author: The JT LeRoy Story

The documentary screens at The Broad Theater
Though key events in the real-life and very public saga of literary sensation JT Leroy happened 10 to 15 years ago, the subject remains a sore one for many who played a part in LeRoy's complex and multilayered story.   JT LeRoy's novel Sarah and short-story collection The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things earned praise from critics and passionate devotion among readers drawn to Leroy's gritty tales of prostitution and drug abuse, all told from the perspective of a preteen boy thrust onto the streets by an abusive mother.

Review: Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation

Parker writes, directs and stars in a straightforward Nat Turner biopic
The title of a film can speak volumes long before trailers and advance buzz find their way to the internet. Some movie titles seem to be the product of corporate marketing teams vying for the attention of a targeted demographic.

Review: The Magnificent Seven

A not-so-magnificent second take
On the surface, director Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven may seem another ill-advised remake of a classic Hollywood movie. Producers and studio executives typically justify the practice by explaining that today's audiences just aren't familiar with many of the all-time-great films.


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