Randal Hendricks is in trouble. Within the first few minutes of "Number 37," a South African film which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Festival, we learn that Randal owes thousands of dollars to a dangerous loan shark. What ensues in this tense and gripping thriller is both familiar, with obvious shades of "Rear Window," and utterly original.
The clerical collar carries with it significant weight. Its presence instantly changes the timbre of a conversation, even if that conversation is with an Oscar-winning actor.
"Summer in the Forest" is at once a loving portrayal and a revolution. It is a declaration of a truth we bear witness to; whispered through the beauty of nature, noticed in the least of these, and championed by those who would “waste their time” with those the world has no patience for.
Set in the world of contemporary art dealing, "The Price of Everything" tells a tale by turns amusing and chilling. What happens when art moves from an object of appreciation to a commodity fetish, when people with more money than sense swoop in and insure that great works will never see the light of day, and remain trapped on the wall of a New York penthouse?
"Black Panther" is about a good a movie as Marvel has produced, but it saddens me to see Coogler’s bravura drenched in Disney/Marvel sauce.
One hundred years ago, the town of Bisbee, Arizona – a major copper mining site – experienced a worker strike, but the mine owners, aided by the sheriff, rounded up over a thousand strikers, stuck them on a train, and deported them to the middle of the New Mexican desert. In this documentary, the current citizens of Bisbee recreate the horrifying events of July 12, 1917.
What would you do if a work of art you had poured your heart, time, and money into just disappeared?
The short film categories at each year’s Academy Awards are consistently home to some of the best filmmaking represented in the entire program.
“I wouldn’t believe it if it weren’t my story.” Interview subjects in "Three Identical Strangers" keep sounding this refrain, and with good reason.
"Annihilation" isn’t very forthcoming, and your enjoyment of it will likely depend on how comfortable you are with its curious combination of dreadful aura and jump scares.