A documentary that isn’t exactly beautiful or well-written or blessed with memorable characters can still be considered good, or worth watching, if it teaches you something.
“War Witch,” a film nominated last year for a Best Foreign Language Oscar, takes a page from the novelist Garcia Marquez to breathe life into the magic that dwells in the mind of a teenage girl caught in the nightmare of a sub-Saharan civil war.
“John Dies at the End” is hard to follow, and to enjoy.
Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar, No depicts the story of an advertising whiz kid (Gael García Bernal) as he helps wage a TV infomercial campaign against Chile’s long-ruling dictator.
Violence in sports is nothing new.
Attention enthusiasts of all things Nordic and those of Scandinavian blood: a blizzard of movies is making its way from Europe to the St. Anthony Main Theatre.
“56 Up” is the latest entry in a long-running cinematic experiment that follows a group of British people, all from different backgrounds and socio-economic levels, as they make their way through life and its various joys, troubles and heartbreaks.
“Brief Encounters” is a documentary on the life and work of a contemporary American photographer who constructs images – massive, immaculate, indie-movie-scale images – that balance beauty with sadness through a perspective of resounding stillness.
“Beware of Mr. Baker,” a film detailing the life and music of drummer Ginger Baker, is a documentary as entertaining and impressive as one of Mr. Baker’s solos. It features loads of playing footage, and considerable commentary (both funny and heart-breaking) from the man himself.
“Only the Young,” a documentary playing at St. Anthony Main this coming week, explores the “betweenness” in the lives of a few middle class California kids as they skateboard in suburban ruins and learn about their friends, themselves and what challenges lie beyond high school.
David Simon is just one of the many talking heads whose insights and opinions make “The House I Live In” a movie of considerable force, especially following a year in which two states legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, at least if you ask the critics that are currently trying to convince you that all 10 of the best movies of the year just happen to have all been released in the last month or two.
“Rust and Bone,” a film by Jacques Audiard, explores how our various human natures interact in different relationships and shades of love. But don’t expect something sentimental. Take it from the title: this is raw, a love story of wounds.
If your weekend checklist includes a drunken misadventure, you can fit one in vicariously (and avoid the hangover) with ‘Wake in Fright’ — a newly restored 1971 Australian “lost” movie with scenes so grizzly they could make Crocodile Dundee cry.
Elusive, spectacular and fun as hell. Holy Motors, the latest from French auteur Léos Carax, is cinematic goofballs – a ride that nods at classic cinema while simultaneously reflecting on the modern state of man’s now incessantly documented existence.