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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oliver Stone’s gripping biopic profiles the whistleblower
One of the most memorable moments delivered by Oliver Stone's Snowden occurs before the film begins. A public service announcement asking moviegoers to turn off their phones — ostensibly to avoid disturbing fellow theater patrons — is made by the director himself.
Old film and new technology offer a fresh look at the The Beatles’ early years
It's been 46 years since the Beatles broke up, but you wouldn't know it from the band's enduring popularity. Aging baby boomers still hold The Beatles close to their hearts and a surprising number of young listeners have found their way to the band's extraordinary recordings — The Beatles' official Facebook page currently has more than 42 million "likes."
A New York family corrects the record in a cathartic revision of a flawed urban myth
The murder of 28-year-old Kitty Genovese on a deserted street in Queens, New York in 1964 reverberated around the globe and came to symbolize the arrival of a less innocent era. According to a front-page story in The New York Times published two weeks after Genovese's funeral, 38 people watched her protracted assault from a 10-story apartment building but did nothing to help.
Werner Herzog exposes the iheart of darkness
For all his accomplishments, filmmaker Werner Herzog might not be anyone's first choice to direct a documentary about the internet. It's not that he lacks vision or skill.
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.