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Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
Even mock elections require wall-to-wall coverage, so when Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine set out to document Texas' Boys State, the week-long summer camp of civics simulation run by the American Legion since 1935, they hired seven cinematographers to stay close to a handful of the 1,100...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
Teenage political junkies at a leadership conference doesn't seem like the most riveting subject matter for a documentary. As a product of teenage leadership conferences, I assumed that at best, maybe, it could be fodder for a black comedy. But the new documentary " Boys State " convinced me...
Friday, Jul. 17, 2020
Twenty-five indie entertainment industry companies have come together to form the American Coalition for Independent Content Production which is calling on government to provide support and relief during the pandemic, making it more feasible for business to properly resume. The coalition is...
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020
The American West is about as well-trod territory as there is in movies, but Kelly Reichardt keeps unearthing new treasures.
Her latest excavation, "First Cow," is her most sublime yet. Like many of Reichardt's previous films, it's set in Oregon but in a seemingly unremarkable in-between...
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
After the premiere of "Minari" at the Sundance Film Festival, while many in the audience were still drying their eyes, director Lee Isaac Chung quoted the author Willa Cather to explain how he had come to write a film based on his childhood, when his Korean family moved to rural Arkansas. ...
Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2019
Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for "The Farewell" was unconventional.
She wanted to make an autobiographical drama about the time when, in 2013, her family learned that her grandmother in China, affectionately called Nai Nai, had stage 4 lung cancer and was given three months to...
Monday, Jul. 8, 2019
The premise behind writer and director Lulu Wang's wonderful film "The Farewell " might be a little hard to accept for some audiences. A family collectively decides not to tell their grandmother back that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has only three months to live. But wanting a...
Sunday, Jun. 9, 2019
Actor Jimmie Fails draws from his own story in his portrayal of a young black man navigating a shifting racial landscape in "The Last Black Man in San Francisco." His tale is a familiar one in affluent U.S. cities.
Like his character, Fails is a third-generation San Franciscan whose...
Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2019
"The Last Black Man in San Francisco " is deeply, even spiritually, connected to its home city, but Joe Talbot's film resides in such a dreamy, plaintive register that it feels like a broader lament for the displaced. It's an unrequited love story for an out-of-reach America.
Friday, Apr. 12, 2019
Claire Denis was guiding Robert Pattinson through a black hole.
The two were on a sound stage in Cologne, Germany, shooting a scene from Denis' space oddity "High Life," while the revered French filmmaker called out descriptions ("Now it splits into a pancake!") of the time-warping...