Review: My Journey Through French Cinema

Bertrand Tavernier's impassioned ode to film screens at Chalmette Movies
Today's Hollywood appears to dominate world cinema by exporting American film (and culture) to every corner of the globe, but it's not surprising to learn that the true history of world cinema is rich, varied and complex, and that France has long played a central, influential role in the development of film as artistic expression. All of that is taken for granted in My Journey Through French Cinema, French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier's sprawling yet deeply personal examination of French cinema from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Review: Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow's latest film takes a hard look at one night in the long hot summer of 1967
There was a time when the boundaries between documentary and narrative film were clearly drawn and widely accepted by filmmakers and audiences. Today, filmmakers of all types routinely blur these lines as if their lives — or their careers — depended on it.

Review: A Ghost Story

Casey Affleck stars in the film screening at The Broad Theater
Why would an A-list director keep a star-studded film secret until it was finished and ready to debut at the Sundance Film Festival? And how does one maintain that level of secrecy in a world full of talent agents, publicists and obsessive fans with access to the internet?

Review: Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan's landmark war film

The World War II action thriller balances big-screen spectacle with human drama
"The Dunkirk Spirit" is a phrase known to British citizens of all backgrounds and a source of pride for many. It refers to the ability to succeed under impossible circumstances.

Review: Endless Poetry

Chilean surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s autobiographical film screens at Zeitgeist
Inspiration comes in unpredictable forms. At 88 years old, legendary surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is enjoying a late-career surge unique in the history of film, but it's a renewal largely born of frustration.

Review: The Survivalist

Chalmette Movies screens the story about surviving after civic collapse
It's easy to forget how crucial a role sound plays in the experience of a film. Neither dialogue nor music interrupts the first 17 minutes of first-time feature director Stephen Fingleton's riveting dystopian thriller The Survivalist.

Review: The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola directs a tense Louisiana-shot Civil War story
"Write what you know" often is the first piece of advice received by anyone looking to develop a unique voice as an author. That approach has characterized the work of writer-director Sofia Coppola throughout her accomplished career.

Review: Baby Driver

Edgar Wright's action thriller with a killer choreographed soundtrack
British writer-director Edgar Wright has built a successful career on reimagining familiar film genres. His "Cornetto Trilogy" brought fresh ideas and unexpected laughs to the zombie movie (Shaun of the Dead), the cop picture (Hot Fuzz) and the sci-fi epic (The World's End).

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.


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