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I Am Not Your Negro

Fri., March 24, 2017 thru Thu., March 30, 2017

Directed by Raoul Peck. France, US. 2016. PG-13. 93 minutes. Magnolia. Digital.

“In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his agent describing his latest project. His ambition was no less than to tell the story of America through the lives of his three murdered friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Even though the silkily eloquent and intellectually incendiary author of The Fire Next Time didn’t get far on the book before his death in 1987, director . . .

Microcosmos

Sat., April 22, 2017

Directed by Claude Nuridsany. France. 1996. 4+. 75 minutes. Miramax. blu ray.

“Bugs! Those are the stars of this enthralling French nature production which takes an extremely close-up look at what lurks in the woods behind your house. But rather than going for a Life on Earth-style narrated documentary which explains the sex life of snails, Microcosmos simply shows it, with amplified sound effects and minimal musical accompaniment. The result is truly mesmerizing. The camera work and patience put into . . .

The Billboard Boys

Sun., May 21, 2017

Directed by Pat Taggart. US. 2016. NR. 79 minutes. Digital.

How long could you live on a billboard over a busy highway? That’s the question that three men set out to answer in 1982 as part of an AM radio contest in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The winner would receive a mobile home, no small prize for the recession-stricken area where unemployment was rampant and mortgage rates were a whopping 18 percent. What was expected to last 30 days or . . .