What’s Screening: August 22-28

American Teen, Roxie, opens Friday. I can’t think of another documentary that felt so much like narrative fiction. American Teen, which follows four kids in their last year in a Warsaw, Indiana high school, is structured very much like a Hollywood movie, with struggles, lessons, and triumphs all in the right order. On one hand, … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 22-28

Love Comes Lately

Drama Written by Jan Schütte, from three stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer Directed by Jan Schütte I hesitate to describe Love Comes Lately above as a "drama," since it isn't particularly dramatic. On the other hand, it's not very funny, either. Nor is it exciting, historical, romantic, or erotic. I think it's supposed to be … Continue reading Love Comes Lately

Upcoming at the Rafael

Just a quick note about what to expect at the Rafael over the fall. Tributes: Both Ingmar Bergman and Irving Thalberg will receive retrospectives. (I don't believe the phrase "brilliant and historically-important filmmaker" can accurately refer to two more different people.) Bergman's runs October 13-19, and will include a multimedia installation called "Ingmar Bergman: The … Continue reading Upcoming at the Rafael

What’s Screening: August 15-21

Trumbo, Lumiere, Shattuck, opens Friday. Trumbo walks a fine line between performance art and documentary. Like any conventional showbiz biodoc, it delivers plenty of film clips, old photos, home movies, and interview clips of people close to the subject. But it also spends much of its time on famous actors (Joan Allen, Michael Douglas, Paul … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 15-21