Review: Rough Night

Kate McKinnon steals the show in a bawdy comedy
You can tell a lot about a summer movie from the way Hollywood markets it. The latest example is Rough Night, the first feature by Lucia Aniello, who is best known for her work as a writer and producer on Comedy Central's Broad City.

Review: I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach's film screens at Zeitgeist
British filmmaker Ken Loach made a name for himself in 1966 with Cathy Come Home, a BBC film about a fictional homeless couple that shocked audiences and raised public awareness of a growing social crisis in the U.K. Fifty years and more than two dozen films later, Loach returned to the topic with I, Daniel Blake, which won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.   Finally making its way to U.S. theaters more than a year later, I, Daniel Blake proves that the 80-year-old Loach scarcely has lost a step when it comes to stirring up controversy and debate around the social issues of the day.

Review: Soul on a String

A magical realist, spaghetti Western Tibetan epic screens at Zeitgeist
There are unique pleasures to be found in genre films. Westerns, film noir, science fiction — any film that embraces a set of familiar, easily defined parameters may fit the bill.

Review: Window Horses — The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

The animated film screens June 2-8 at Zeitgeist
Maybe it's a reaction to the shrill, contentious tone of our public discourse today, or there could be something in the air. Whatever the reason, Asian-Canadian filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming's animated Window Horses — The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming is the third major independent film about poetry to hit local screens this year.

Review: A Quiet Passion

A fictional account of Emily Dickinson’s life screens at The Broad Theater
There's something uniquely sorrowful about any great artist who doesn't find recognition during her lifetime. Then there's Emily Dickinson, who ranks among the greatest American poets but lived to see only 10 of her approximately 1,800 poems find their way to print — and those were published anonymously, mostly in small regional newspapers.

Review: Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Richard Gere stars as a go-between
Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar has a gift for extracting relatable and dramatically compelling stories from the hidden depths of Jewish culture. Remarkably, his 2011 film Footnote wrung high drama from a tale of rival father-and-son Talmudic scholars in modern-day Jerusalem, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Review: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

An award-winning, unconventional film about boxing screens at the Broad
There's a section of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival outside the main competition called Un Certain Regard. Translated literally as "a certain view," this section was created to spotlight nontraditional films with unique perspectives.

Review: Graduation

The film opens at Chalmette Movies May 5
What constitutes "realistic" in the cinematic world of today? Gritty crime stories often are described as realistic, but so are indie dramas that capture the rhythms of speech and the subtleties of behavior.

Review: Personal Shopper

Kristen Stewart stars in the French horror film
Ghost stories and French art films don't typically coexist in the mind of the modern moviegoer. But that doesn't stop award-winning writer/director Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours) from orchestrating just that unlikely mashup with Personal Shopper.

Review: The Lost City of Z

James Gray's drama about the discovery of a lost ancient Amazonian city
Who says they don't make movies like they used to? Writer-director James Gray's The Lost City of Z not only recalls the grand historical epics of eras gone by, but also revives a once-beloved film genre that celebrates explorers who mapped the world's last uncharted territories at the start of the 20th century.

Review: I Called Him Morgan

A documentary about jazz prodigy Lee Morgan screens at Zeitgeist
Jazz musicians with extraordinary natural talent often rise rapidly to the top of their field. Then there are artists like trumpet player and composer Lee Morgan, who was so gifted he began near the pinnacle of modern jazz, joining Dizzy Gillespie's legendary big band in 1956 while still a teenager.

Review: revenge and forgiveness in Land of Mine

A Danish film about German POWs after World War II
Maybe it's the ongoing refugee crisis or the ever-present threat of terrorism across Europe. Whatever the inspiration, European filmmakers continually return to the immediate aftermath of World War II for stories that resonate in today's contentious world.

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