Review: Ghostbusters

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.

Review: De Palma

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.

Review: The Innocents

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.

Review: Free State of Jones

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.

Special screenings and film festivals in New Orleans this summer

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.

Review: King Jack

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.

Review: Dheepan

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.

Review: 91%: A Film About Guns in America

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.

Review: Presenting Princess Shaw

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.

Review: The Lobster

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.

Review: A Bigger Splash

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.

Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

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.


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