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 . . .
Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Iran. 2016. PG-13. 125 minutes. Cohen Media Group. Digital.
Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner for 2017!
“The first thing we see, in “The Salesman,” is a double bed. And the first words we get are not spoken but illuminated, in yellow and neon pink: “Hotel,” “Casino,” “Bowling.” None of them, let’s be honest, are what we expect in a movie from the Islamic Republic of Iran. But the sleight of hand is typical of the director, Asghar Farhadi . . .
Directed by Ritesh Batra. UK. 2017. PG-13. 108 minutes. CBS Films. Digital.
“The Sense of an Ending,” Julian Barnes’s elegant Man Booker Prize-winning novel, receives a tasteful if necessarily limited adaptation in Ritesh Batra’s film. Tasteful, because few could argue with Batra’s genteel, reserved tone and approach; limited because no movie can do justice to the interiority and ambiguity that have been polished to a high sheen by Barnes over the course of his decades-long career. The . . .
2016. NR. 91 minutes. Acme Filmworks. Digital.
The Animation Show of Shows returns for its second year in theaters with 12 charming family-friendly films. Highlights include “About a Mother,” a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” Disney/Pixar’s sweet “Piper,” and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey “Pearl” by Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne.
This year’s show includes an expanded selection of . . .
Directed by Lone Scherfig. UK. 2017. R. 117 minutes. BBC Films. Digital.
“Their Finest” is set in London in 1940, during the height of the Blitz, and takes its title from a speech by Winston Churchill. It is a film about filmmaking, in particular the making of a film that needs to serve as a salve for the besieged British populace, boosting morale and helping, in its own way, to win the War. It features a plucky, proto-feminist heroine, a jaded . . .
Directed by Terrence Davies. UK and Belgium. 2017 . PG-13. 125 minutes. Music Box Films. Digital.
“You are alone, you and your revolution, Ms. Dickinson,” spouts a stoic headmistress in the opening sequence of “A Quiet Passion,” a biopic of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson and the latest work from proud Liverpudlian auteur Terence Davies. In the scene, young Emily has apparently rejected both a life in the seminary and the option to be a practicing catholic, a decision the famously atheistic director clearly vibes . . .