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.

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.


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