Indian Horse opens Canada Now film series at Zeitgeist

Hockey helps a young First Nations boy survive Canada’s brutal forced assimilation program
Louisiana public schools became a tool of forced assimilation when Cajun children were forbidden from speaking French during the first half of the 20th century. In Canada, more strin-gent efforts to aggressively assimilate First Nations people lasted a century.

Overlook Film Festival heads to New Orleans

See horror films, virtual reality and immersive experiences April 19-22
Named for the hotel in Stephen King's The Shining, The Overlook Film Festival (April 19-22) has found some connection to that story in its two previous locations. After a year in Oregon, where Stanley Kubrick shot some exterior views for his film, the horror festival moves to New Orleans and the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, which has a ghost story not completely unlike The Shining's Grady twins, say festival organizers.   The festival includes a full slate of feature and short horror films as well as immersive and virtual reality experiences.

The Room's Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero screen a new film at The Joy Theater

The duo screen Best F(r)iends April 6
Plenty of bad movies are made every year, but it takes a special kind of awfulness to draw the lasting devotion of fans of bad movies. The Room, written, directed, produced by and starring Tommy Wiseau, found that strange alchemy.

French Film Festival returns Feb. 23- March 1

Classic and recent award-winning French films screen at Prytania Theatre
The New Orleans Film Society's French Film Festival presents a slate of recent award-winning and Academy Award-shortlisted films from France and Francophone countries at The Prytania Theatre Feb. 23 to March 1. Before many screenings, there's music by Helen Gillet, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Bart Ramsey and others.   The festival opens at 7:30 p.m.

Gate crashers: the year in film

Ken Korman's top 10 films to screen in New Orleans in 2017
Hollywood will always be at the center of any meaningful discussion about the year 2017, but not for the content of its movies. The spectacular fall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein (and many others) after decades of alleged sexual harassment and abuse led to exposure of similar behavior across the culture, changing the power dynamics of gender relations in the workplace and spawning the #MeToo movement.

Review: The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro crafts a fantastical creature feature
If the magic of film lies in its potential for transporting viewers to vividly imagined, previously unseen worlds, then Mexican writer-director Guillermo del Toro surely ranks among cinema's foremost magicians — but you wouldn't know it from a brief sampling of his work.   For much of his career, del Toro has focused on horror-fantasy (

Review: The Disaster Artist

James Franco directs and stars in a film based on the making of cult classic The Room
Every year brings its share of ill-conceived or poorly executed movies. Much harder to come by are films awful enough to earn the love and devotion of those attracted to epic big-screen failure.

Review: Novitiate

Young women join the Catholic church in Margaret Betts’ drama
There's an early scene in first-time narrative feature director Margaret Betts Novitiate — a secular humanist drama about the religious passion of nuns, set in Tennessee in 1964 — in which a teenage novice laughingly admits that Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story inspired her to devote her life to the church.   That moment rings true, as Hepburn's performance in the 1959 film has been credited with leading many young women of the time down a path of religious commitment.

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson star in the violent drama
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