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Saturday, Sep. 3, 2022
When filmmaker Laura Poitras went to meet American photographer Nan Goldin about a project to document her protests against museums accepting money from the Sackler family, Goldin was slightly worried.
"My worry when she came on was that I didn't have any state secrets to share and I wasn...
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022
What gets you, deep in the gut, are the smiles. The broad, awkward, sometimes silly smiles of people on an unremarkable day in an unremarkable town in 1938 Poland, fascinated by this new thing called a movie camera and oblivious to the fact that one day, this amateur travel movie will become a...
Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022
There is a curious love triangle that sits at the center of the new documentary "Fire of Love." It's between a man, a woman and a volcano. Well, all volcanoes really.
The names might not be especially well-known today, but in the 1970s and '80s, French scientists Katia Krafft and Maurice...
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021
Jonas Poher Rasmussen was 15 when a boy his same age arrived alone in his small Danish town.
"He arrived all by himself and stayed with a family just around the corner from where I lived," says Rasmussen. "We met at the bus stop every morning going to high school and we became very good...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
The American Film Market--which this year has been transformed into AFM 2020 Online due to the pandemic--delved into varied topics this week while still managing to make a significant virtual footprint, drawing participants from 78 countries. That’s more nations than any in-person AFM confab in...
Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2020
Though most of the films that have debuted during the pandemic never got to screen for packed movie houses, "Palm Springs" had the kind of premiere filmmakers dream of.
At the Sundance Film Festival in January, the time-loop romantic comedy, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti drew...
Friday, Jun. 5, 2020
Josephine Decker's prickly, unnerving "Shirley," is set mostly in the Bennington, Vermont, home of the reclusive writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her husband, the literary critic Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). But it also takes place in the gothic, heightened realm of one of...
Thursday, May. 21, 2020
The documentary "The Painter and the Thief" has a few wrinkles to add to the old Picasso adage that great artists steal.
"The Painter and the Thief," by Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin Ree, is about a Czech painter, Barbora Kysilkova, who has two of her paintings stolen from an Oslo gallery...
Saturday, May. 9, 2020
Review: "Spaceship Earth," An Out-of-this World Documentary From Director Matt Wolf, Neon, RadicalMedia
During lockdown, have you taken a moment to appreciate that at least you're not quarantined with eight free-thinking adventurers in a terrarium of depleting oxygen levels?
Matt Wolf's documentary "Spaceship Earth" provides some illuminating context to our shut-in days by going back to the...
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska were in a hard-to-reach area of Northern Macedonia — about as far from the Oscars as possible — when they came upon the beekeeper who would be their subject in their acclaimed documentary "Honeyland."
While working on a short video commissioned by a...