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.

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.


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