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Donald Trump Trashes Scottish Coast

Seeing Donald Trump in prime ruthlessness mode is one of this week’s special cinematic pleasures. The Roxie Theater revives director Anthony Baxter’s account of small Scottish landowners trying to stop Trump’s golf course project. It’s a struggle between preserving much-loved land against a greedhead who cares only about making billions.

There are options for viewers who want to do something more constructive than hissing at Donald Trump. They can cinematically celebrate the life of the great Muhammad Ali. Or they can relive the 1980s punk and New Wave music scene with highlights from the late great cable music show Night Flight.

Alex And Ali

From 1967 to 1977, American Peace Corps volunteer Alex lived in Iran. There, he met his soulmate Ali. But the Iranian Revolution resulted in the two lovers being separated for 35 years. Physical separation didn’t keep the two men from exchanging letters and other communications. In 2012, Alex and Ali are about to physically meet again in Istanbul and rekindle their relationship. But even with their best planning, other obstacles prevent the duo from continuing their love affair.

Screens July 6 at the Roxie Theatre

Muhammad Ali Double Feature

Mark the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali with this double feature program of films featuring Ali. Leon Gast’s incredible documentary When We Were Kings tells the story behind Ali’s “Rumble In The Jungle” with then-heavyweight champion George Foreman. Along the way, the viewer learns how African-Americans related to Mother Africa in the Black Power days. Ali plays himself in the biopic The Greatest. The film follows the boxer from his Cassius Clay days to the aforemntioned “Rumble In The Jungle.” James Earl Jones appears in the film as Malcolm X. Monte Hellman gets co-directing credit with Tom Gries, who died during production.

Screens July 6 at the Castro Theatre

Night Flight: Born Again

If you had cable television back in the 1980s, then you might have run across the USA Network’s Night Flight. Stuart S. Shapiro’s venerated rock variety program offered animated shorts, documentaries, and cool punk and New Wave music videos. Now the Alamo Drafthouse presents a tribute program collecting some of the best moments from Night Flight. Viewers will see jewels featuring Lou Reed, David Lynch, Wendy O Williams, Freddie Mercury, Divine, Grace Jones, and many more.

Screens July 5 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Shapiro will appear in person for a post-film Q & A.

The Ocean After Nature Film Program

In conjunction with its The Ocean After Nature exhibit, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents a program of four films offering meditations on the themes raised by its exhibit. The films include The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula and Noel Burch’s acclaimed examination of the ocean as a medium of global capitalization) and From Gulf To Gulf To Gulf (CAMP collective’s spatio-temporal journey through the Western Indian Ocean, made in collaboration with a group of sailors from the Gulf of Kutch).

Screens July 5 to August 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

You’ve Been Trumped

Want new reasons to despise Donald Trump? Look no further than Anthony Baxter’s documentary about a struggle between local Scottish homeowners and Donald Trump. For Donald Trump, the northeast coast of Scotland is the site of his new golf course and luxury housing development. Completing the project will put a billion dollars in Trump’s coffers. For the last few holdouts, the Donald Trump project means the destruction of Amazon rain forest-level environmentally sensitive land. Unfortunately for the residents, the Scottish government is helping grease the wheels of Trump’s odious project to completion.

Screens July 5 to 7 at the Little Roxie Theatre

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I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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