Archive for March, 2016

Jonathan Gold Sniffs Out Ethnic Cuisine
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Jonathan Gold Sniffs Out Ethnic Cuisine

A documentary about LA food critic Jonathan Gold captures the populist thread of the new film openings. That thread is populated by horror films and a sequel to a popular romantic comedy. But a film which follows Jonathan Gold as he tries everything from a very special chicken stew to an Oaxacan delicacy using grasshoppers […]

TRAP Laws Are Anti-Abortion Crap
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TRAP Laws Are Anti-Abortion Crap

TRAP laws and drone warfare are subjects of two ripped-from-the-headline films now in theaters. Dawn Porter’s timely documentary shows how TRAP laws are to the right to abortion services what Voter ID laws are to the right to vote. Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman head a thriller about a race against time and […]

Chomsky Dissects US Economic Inequality
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Chomsky Dissects US Economic Inequality

A documentary featuring Noam Chomsky talking about how economic inequality mushroomed in the US proves the most timely of the weekend’s openings. In the better late than never category are two other weekend openings. One is an anime film from Isao Takahata that gets an official US theatrical release 25 years after it was made. […]

Cinequest 2016: Ten Suggestions
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Cinequest 2016: Ten Suggestions

Cinequest, San Jose’s annual film festival, may have already kicked off. But there’s time over the next ten days (including tonight) to catch these ten intriguing offerings among the many independent and foreign films coming in from around the world for the festival. The films listed below include everything from offbeat political documentaries to an […]