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The Alternative Spotlight: Black Cinema Rising

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Independent black cinema might finally be coming into its own and it’s worth focusing strictly on this moment. As a longstanding member of the Black Reel Awards, one of several entities that recognizes the best in black cinema each year, I find myself in the enviable position of having access to a number of films that rarely reach theaters in our area.
  

Halloween on the Small Screen

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
All Hallows’ Eve might not be for another week, but judging by the number of “fun-size” candy bags on sale, pumpkin patch photo shoots on Instagram and Halloween-inspired television offerings, it appears this quintessential fall holiday is already upon us.
  

The Counselor

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Coen Brothers took celebrated novelist Cormac McCarthy down an artfully dark pathway in their adaptation of No Country for Old Men, but one can only imagine that Ridley Scott, working from a scr  

Bad Grandpa

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Octogenarian Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) sets off on a cross-country tour with his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) and you just know it’s going to be a wild ride. Zisman happens to be a cre  

I Used To Be Darker

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This indie family drama from co-writers Amy Belk and Matthew Porterfield, who also directed, possesses onion-like layers that, while peeling away, seems to call forth even more tears. Runaway Tary  

Mademoiselle C

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Fabien Constant’s documentary trains its lens on Carine Roitfeld, fashion stylist and former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. The spotlight arrives at the moment Roitfeld moves to New York to lau  

When Comedy Went to School

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Directors Mevlut Akkaya (Kanake) and Ron Frank (The Naked Truth) set off to research and present their findings on the birth of modern stand-up comedy, which is universally recognized to have been  

Saudi Arabian Film Shatters the Glass Ceiling

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sometimes a story, told simply and effectively, changes the way we as an audience see another part of the world, the experiences of others and/or ourselves, all reflected in the moving images before us. What’s more, it can be startling when the impact, so profound and likely unexpected, cracks our cynical natures through its very simplicity.  

Don't Drink the Water

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Last week’s fourth season premiere of The Walking Dead was the first offering from new showrunner Scott Gimple. He and others involved in the series have expressed a desire to incorporate more character development, leaving some fans worried that dull human storylines could get in the way of epic zombie scenes (who could forget the painfully slow second season?). Judging by the first episode, however, this is not the case.  

Carrie

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Although the idea of another version of Stephen King’s debut novel doesn’t inspire much hope for a dramatic re-imagining or a startlingly compelling departure, the pairing of Chloë Grace More  

Escape Plan

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
 In this mythic clash of the 1980s action titans from director Mikael Håfström (Derailed and 1408), Sylvester Stallone plays a prison consultant who breaks out of high-security facilities t  

The Fifth Estate

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) takes audiences behind the scenes of the start of WikiLeaks. Julian Assange (the enterprising and seemingly omnipresent Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Domscheit-Berg (  

Inequality For All

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
As Labor Secretary under President Bill Clinton, Robert Reich was the lone voice raging against the madness of the economic machine. He knew the system was rigged and had been for some time; that   

The Summit

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Director Nick Ryan (writer and director of A Lonely Sky and The German) and writer Mark Monroe (writer of The Cove and The Tillman Story) dare to take audiences on a quest to discover what happened   

The 'Captain' of This Ship

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
After the briefest bit of narrative establishment — Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) at home prepping to leave for his latest assignment and his wife (Catherine Keener) dropping him off at the airport — the by-the-books sailor runs his crew through their paces sensing, it would seem, that something lurks on the horizon