Archive for May, 2017

The Grateful Dead And The Living Dead
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The Grateful Dead And The Living Dead

The history of legendary cult rock band The Grateful Dead gets told in an epic documentary that’s one of the must-see special screenings this weekend. Other offerings include a history lesson about the last time American citizens were incarcerated en masse for “security reasons,” a mirrored look at a Stanley Kubrick classic, a tribute to […]

Farewell To The Buena Vista Social Club
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Farewell To The Buena Vista Social Club

A documentary bidding farewell to Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club is one of the art film alternatives available this weekend. Alternately, viewers can check out Bryan Cranston playing a man who hides in his own garage attic to observe his life. But the opening of the week belongs to the restoration of a trippy SF […]

Enjoying The French Countryside And Cuisine With Diane Lane
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Enjoying The French Countryside And Cuisine With Diane Lane

Diane Lane stars this week in a debut film directed by an 81-year-old woman. But the director in question happens to be part of the Coppola clan. And the setup will make reasonable viewers wonder if Diane Lane plays a character loosely based on a person or two the director knows very well. Matching Diane […]

A Life, As Summarized By The New York Times
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A Life, As Summarized By The New York Times

The New York Times is connected in various ways to the weekend’s stronger openings. The operations of the Obituaries section of the New York Times lead to compelling ruminations on timelessness. A documentary about an influential but little-known record producer gets described by the New York Times as filled with behind-the-scenes stories of the music […]

Discerning The Real Julian Assange
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Discerning The Real Julian Assange

Today’s release of the second Guardians of the Galaxy film may be the 800-pound gorilla of movie news. But Laura Poitras’ documentary/personal portrait of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may be the weekend’s most substantive opening. The rest of the weekend’s art film openings have their virtues too. There are films featuring strong performances from Rami […]