Archive for June, 2017

Judd Apatow Produces True Culture Clash Rom-Com
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Judd Apatow Produces True Culture Clash Rom-Com

Judd Apatow produces the film of the week, a sort-of true-ish romantic comedy drawn from real life. Giving Kumail Nanjiani a role that doesn’t fall into lazy POC stereotypes earns Judd Apatow a Mensch of the Week award. For those who want something a little weightier than a film associated with Judd Apatow, there’s an […]

Salma Hayek At Dinner With A Trump Surrogate
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Salma Hayek At Dinner With A Trump Surrogate

Salma Hayek gives an amazing performance in this weekend’s must-see film, a dark comedy about a clash between a healer and a Trump-like billionaire. For a film performance that might outdo that of Salma Hayek as Beatriz, viewers would have to turn to Cate Blanchett. The Carol star plays thirteen different characters in one film. […]

Wendy Whelan Fights To Return To Dancing
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Wendy Whelan Fights To Return To Dancing

Famed ballerina Wendy Whelan is the subject of one of two strong documentaries now in theaters. The other film looks at the prosecution of a small Chinese-American bank that was the only bank prosecuted for the 2008 financial meltdown. If your interests don’t lean towards Wendy Whelan and the world of dance, you could try […]

David Lynch, Russian Drivers, And Manual Typewriters
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David Lynch, Russian Drivers, And Manual Typewriters

Watching director David Lynch at work on Blue Velvet is one of the joys offered by this year’s edition of the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival. Even if you’re not a David Lynch fan, the festival still has over ten days of intriguing films that are worth catching. Besides the David Lynch film, here are […]

Ken Loach Rips The UK's Welfare System A Very Big One
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Ken Loach Rips The UK’s Welfare System A Very Big One

Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for the opening of the week. In it, the proud lefty director dramatizes the cruelties of his country’s welfare system. Despite meticulous research, Ken Loach has been attacked by an English film critic for his fictional critique. The rest of the weekend’s art and foreign film openings […]