Review: Marshall

The entertaining drama chronicles Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall’s early career
A towering figure in the social and cultural histories of the U.S., Thurgood Marshall may have been the most effective legal tactician of his time. At age 45, Marshall won the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court that ended segregation in public schools and paved the way for the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Review: Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve helms the sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece
There are only two kinds of science fiction movies: those made before Blade Runner and the ones that came after. That is a measure of how high Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece raised the bar for sci-fi on film.

Review: Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

A doc chronicles David Bowie’s stellar sideman
Music is a uniquely collaborative art form, and the history of rock 'n' roll, in particular, makes clear that even the most accomplished solo artists require talented sidemen and producers to achieve artistic success and connect with audiences. The right collaborator at the right time can make all the difference to a burgeoning career.

Review: Battle of the Sexes

Emma Stone and Steve Carrell star in the sports drama
As a winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, Billie Jean King ranks among the greatest players in the history of tennis. But a 21st-century perspective on King's late-1960s and early '70s heyday suggests that tournament victories may have been the least of her personal accomplishments.

Review: Columbus

Supercut artist Kogonada's beautifully composed debut
The internet has made it easy for aspiring filmmakers to show their work and — in some cases — launch professional careers. A former film scholar who calls himself Kogonada may be the first filmmaker to emerge from the internet-based world of "supercuts," a remix culture in which fans compile and mash-up clips from feature films to create something new.

Review: Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk

An exhaustive documentary about the East Bay punk scene
Who needs an encyclopedic, 158-minute history of the punk rock scene that sprung to life in the East Bay opposite San Francisco during the 1980s and early '90s?   First-time feature director Corbett Redford's Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk began as project intended to document the early history of Green Day — by far the most traditionally successful band to emerge from that scene with an estimated (and mind-boggling) 85 million records sold worldwide — but the film quickly morphed into something more interesting and significant.

Review: Escapes at Zeitgeist Multi-Disclipinary Arts Center

The documentary examines the quixotic life of the Blade Runner writer
It would be reasonable to assume that anyone deserving of a feature-length biographical documentary has accomplished great things, or at least is widely admired.   But what about those who are not so driven or well-known yet possess a special talent for living life to the fullest?

Review: Good Time

Robert Pattinson stars in Safdie brothers' gritty New York crime story
There's no escaping the influence of the 1970s on today's popular culture, especially American independent film. It's not hard to see why: The New Hollywood filmmakers of that era prized autonomy and authenticity, blazing a trail that many young filmmakers find impossible to resist.

Review: Steven Soderbergh returns with Logan Lucky

After a brief hiatus, the writer-director returns with a near-perfect heist comedy
It seemed a huge loss when writer-director Steven Soderbergh announced his retirement from filmmaking at age 50 in 2013. Soderbergh played a major role in establishing a new era of American independent film through his groundbreaking 1989 debut feature Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

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?


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