Review: In Apprentice, a prison guard becomes the executioner’s assistant

The absorbing prison drama opens March 31
There has been no shortage of first-rate films examining the death penalty in recent decades, from Errol Morris' groundbreaking documentary The Thin Blue Line to Tim Robbins' powerful Dead Man Walking. Overtly or not, these films mostly build arguments against capital punishment, which can limit their reach because the films typically wind up preaching to the converted.

Review: Kiki revisits New York ball scenes

The documentary screens at Zeitgeist
There's no medium like documentary film for bringing little-known subcultures out of the shadows and into the light of an unsuspecting world. More than 25 years ago, Jennie Livingston's landmark Paris Is Burning fulfilled that promise with a poignant portrait of New York City's ball culture, in which gay and transgender people of color stage elaborate competitions featuring their own style of dance-and-modeling performance.

Review: Kong: Skull Island

Popcorn movie meets throwback monster mash
What makes a really good popcorn movie? There's no formula for the finely crafted, imaginative, escapist entertainment many of us find appealing, whatever our tastes in film.

Review: The Salesman embeds social commentary in personal stories

The Oscar-winning Iranian director’s film is at The Broad
Until last week, only three directors had won a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award more than once: Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman and Vittorio De Sica, all of whom easily rank among the all-time great filmmakers. The fourth director to join that exclusive club is Iran's Asghar Farhadi, who won his second Oscar in that category for The Salesman.

Review: The Red Turtle

The Academy Award-nominated animated film is at The Broad
It's no wonder that animated films have come to symbolize the commercial excesses of 21st-century Hollywood. Budgets for animated blockbusters routinely exceed $200 million and take years and an army of animators to produce, even with the benefit of today's highly specialized digital tools.

Review: Toni Erdmann

The drama screens at The Theatres at Canal Place
Do we ever really know our children? It's easy to feel close to the little ones, their young minds and budding personalities constantly betraying their need for a parent's love and understanding.

Review: Neruda creates the meta-biopic

Pablo Larrain's ode to the Chilean poet is at The Broad Theater
It's the right of a narrative filmmaker to take liberties with historical events and figures, especially when art — not history — is the primary goal. Countless failed biopics prove that strict adherence to historical facts seldom leads to satisfying historical drama.

Review: an unforgettable portrait of James Baldwin in I Am Not Your Negro

The documentary screens at The Broad Theater
There were many heroes in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, but novelist, essayist and social critic James Baldwin became the movement's leading literary voice. Uniquely perceptive and brutally honest regarding all aspects of racism and race relations in America, Baldwin became a cultural icon not only through his brilliant writing but also his speeches and frequent appearances on television.

Review: Paterson, a poem from Jim Jarmusch

Adam Driver is a bus driver poet in the film screening at the Broad Theater
New York City-based filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is widely recognized as a founding father of modern American independent film. Early Jarmusch masterworks Stranger Than Paradise and Mystery Train helped define a new aesthetic for indie films in the 1980s, one that valued small-scale personal expression over mass entertainment or the requirements of the marketplace.

Review: gender, punk and 20th Century Women

Mike Mills’ film is a moving character study and '70s pop culture period piece
Past eras come into focus gradually with the passage of time. Long dismissed unfairly as the frivolous "Me Decade" by cultural observers of every stripe, the 1970s recently have been recognized as the inspiration — if not the source — for much of today's popular culture, especially as regards film and music.

Review: Hunter Gatherer’s messy reality and promising debut

The impressive small-budget drama screens at Zeitgeist
There's no shortage of small, independent films vying for audience attention throughout the year. Even little-known film festivals are flooded with hundreds (or thousands) of well-intentioned but essentially ordinary entries.

Review: Isabelle Huppert saves Paul Verhoeven’s Elle

The provocateur returns with a revenge thriller
"Provocateur" may be the word that best describes Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven. The director's forays into science fiction mostly have resulted in cult favorites like RoboCop and Starship Troopers, violent and audacious films with a satirical bite not often found in sci-fi.

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