Category: Opening This Week

Al Gore Still Inspires Humanity To Fight Climate Change
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Al Gore Still Inspires Humanity To Fight Climate Change

Do you think Al Gore gave up when climate deniers managed to stall efforts against climate change? As the sequel to the Al Gore film An Inconvenient Truth shows, our former Vice President believes it’s still not too late to unleash a renewable energy revolution. For those who want the inspiration of Al Gore but […]

The Life Story of J.P. De Joria And Life In Mid-1990s Manhattan
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The Life Story of J.P. De Joria And Life In Mid-1990s Manhattan

The amazing rags-to-riches story of famed entrepeneur Jean Paul de Joria might be the big film opening this week. But if so, the de Joria story has stiff competition from a 30th anniversary revival of James Ivory’s adaptation of a famed E.M. Forster novel. The other strong competitor will probably be an ensemble drama from […]

Jodorowsky As A Budding Poet In 1940s Chile
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Jodorowsky As A Budding Poet In 1940s Chile

Visually stunning film of the week honors go to Alejandro Jodorowsky for the newest installment of his cinematic autobiography. This new film takes the viewers to a surrealistic recounting of young Alejandro’s attempts to become a poet. Also noteworthy this week is a documentary about Harold and Lillian Michelson. Their names may be unfamiliar. But […]

Down With ISIS, A Ghost Unstuck In Time
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Down With ISIS, A Ghost Unstuck In Time

A documentary about citizen journalists revealing truths about ISIS to the world is just one of a trio of strong documentaries now in theaters. Errol Morris returns with a touching film about a portrait photographer friend. And the Roxie screens a strange but true story about a Yukon gold town and an amazing cinema trove. […]

Visits With Naughty Nuns And The Last Dalai Lama
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Visits With Naughty Nuns And The Last Dalai Lama

A 25-years-later documentary about the Dalai Lama is a highlight among the new art films. But don’t tell that to the Chinese government. Controversial for different reasons are two other new films. A raunchy update of some tales from The Decameron will upset more conservative Catholics. Meanwhile, a drama about a failed real-life assassination attempt […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]