Archive for September, 2016

Kim Jong-il, The Movie Buff Despot
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Kim Jong-il, The Movie Buff Despot

Former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il plays a starring role in one of three intriguing documentaries opening this week. The other openings feature a veteran documentary cameraperson and the tastemaker who helped jumpstart punk rock. The film featuring Kim Jong-il proves particularly interesting thanks to its astounding strangeness. Film-loving heads of states are nothing new. […]

Kate Winslet Does Couture Revenge
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Kate Winslet Does Couture Revenge

Kate Winslet stars in a new film that will draw the proverbial butts to seats. But the set up, a prodigal citizen played by Kate Winslet returning to her old home town to exact some payback, has been done quite a few times. The more interesting new art films now in theaters don’t star Kate […]

Return Of The Blair Witch And The Beatles
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Return Of The Blair Witch And The Beatles

This weekend sees two supernatural films opening. One is Adam Wingard’s much anticipated reboot of The Blair Witch Project, which acknowledges its predecessor while taking its found footage aesthetic into the present. The other, more lo-fi shocker tells of a Polish Jewish wedding that goes down the tubes thanks to demonic possession. For those who […]

Catching Other Films From Thor Personnel
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Catching Other Films From Thor Personnel

In this installment of art and indie film catch-up, the highlights feature a couple of people connected with the Thor movies. Otherwise, interested viewers can still catch the future First Couple’s first date or the Korean zombie apocalypse. Hell Or High Water In this modern Western, a pair of brothers try to save their family […]

Cultural Icons Spock And JT LeRoy
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Cultural Icons Spock And JT LeRoy

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek‘s first television broadcast with the theatrical opening of the weekend. It’s a documentary about the actor who played the Trek character Mr. Spock. Helming the film is the son whose father who became an indelible TV icon. Equally high-profile but much less revered nowadays is writer JT LeRoy. […]

The Many Lives Of Rachel Weisz
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The Many Lives Of Rachel Weisz

Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz plays a woman who finds freedom in identity fluidity. The film that features this Rachel Weisz performance is the long-awaited new film from the director of Maria Full Of Grace. Stellan Skarsgard steps badly into comic action hero mode in a new dark comedy. The revenge plot is familiar, but the […]