Specialty Releases

Film Review: “Madeline’s Madeline” Struggles with Story, but Impresses As Art

Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Josephine Decker’s third fiction feature, Madeline’s Madeline, combines visually evocative cinematography, aurally stimulating music and intellectually exhilarating editing in a cinematic mix that somehow doesn’t quite add up to what should be … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Captain” Offers Sharp Satire of Human Depravity

The Captain (“Der Hauptmann”) (Robert Schwentke, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A tale so mad it can only be true, Robert Schwentke’s The Captain (“Der Hauptmann” in its original German) veers from one improbable situation to another, upping the ante … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Alone in the Game” Offers Poignant Tales of LGBTQ Athletes

Alone in the Game (David McFarland/Natalie Metzger/Michael Rohrbaugh, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A moving and well-told profile of the challenges faced by LGBTQ athletes, Audience Network’s Alone in the Game – from first-time writer/producer David McFarland and directors Natalie Metzger (Special … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Surreal and the Macabre Elevate the Comedy of “Sorry to Bother You”

Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Hip-hop musician Boots Riley showcases his natural talents as a filmmaker with his debut feature film Sorry to Bother You, starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Jermaine Fowler. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Addicts Struggle to Survive in Powerful “Recovery Boys”

Recovery Boys (Elaine McMillion Sheldon, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. From Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who just last year gave us the Oscar-nominated Netflix-released short documentary Heroin(e), about the opioid epidemic ravaging West Virginia (and much of the rest of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Shoot Down “The Seagull” to End Its Misery

The Seagull (Michael Mayer, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. To be fair to director Michael Mayer (Flicka) and his troupe of actors, I have never been a fan of the original 1896 play The Seagull. The deeply talented Russian … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Powerful “Summer 1993,” a Child Overcomes Trauma

Summer 1993 (“Estiu 1993”) (Carla Simón, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. A heartbreaking coming-of-age tale about a 6-year-old girl adjusting to a new life with a new family, Summer 1993 showcases remarkable, naturalistic performances from its ensemble of actors … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Bye Bye Germany,” Jewish Holocaust Survivors Have the Last Laugh

Bye Bye Germany (Sam Garbarski, 2018)  3½ out of 4 stars. First, a few words about German actor Moritz Bleibtreu. Ever since I first saw him in Tom Tykwer’s 1998 Run Lola Run (in which he played Lola’s boyfriend, Manni), … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Godard Mon Amour” Pokes Impish Fun at Its Aging Enfant Terrible

Godard Mon Amour (Michel Hazanavicius, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Whether or not one has a favorable opinion of iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard – creator of such classics of the 1960s New Wave as Breathless, Contempt and, my personal … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Stunning “1945,” a Holocaust Reckoning Awaits

1945 (Ferenc Török, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. Director Ferenc Török’s sixth feature film, 1945 opens with the seemingly innocuous image of two Orthodox Jewish men stepping off a train. Their arrival – and the horror and fear it provokes … Continue reading

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