A Western drama Written & directed by Chloé Zhao When we first meet Brady (Brady Jandreau), he appears to be doing brain surgery on himself. Not quite, but he's removing massive bandages and even metal staples from his head. You get the very strong feeling that he shouldn't be doing this on his own. Brady, … Continue reading The Rider must discover his own limitations in this excellent film
A Period drama Written by ván Angelusz , Péter Reich, and Ferenc Török Directed by Ferenc Török It's August, 1945. The war in Europe ended scarcely three months ago. In a small Hungarian town, two Orthodox Jews get off the train. Who are they and what are they doing there? 1945 isn't about these two Jews. … Continue reading 1945: When the Jews returned to town
A- Road movie Written by Jonathan Tropper, from an article by A.G. Sulzberger Directed by Mark Raso No, this picture isn't about analog vs. digital photography. It's a road movie, and a drama about a father and son reconnecting after a long and strained absence. Road movies feel loose, but they follow a strict story … Continue reading Kodachrome focuses on blurred relationship
B+ Documentary Directed by Jed Rothstein As the stock market began to tank in 2008, a group of would-be heroes appeared on the horizon: some very exciting, new Chinese companies that looked like excellent investments. Well, why not? The theoretically Communist country is the largest market in the world, and one seemingly drunk on capitalism. … Continue reading Massive fraud and no one gets punished in The China Hustle
A- Comedic drama Written by Atsuko Hirayanagi, from the short film by Boris Frumin and Atsuko Hirayanagi Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi In Tokyo, a middle-aged woman lives a life of quiet desperation. Then she attends a class in American English and finds herself attracted to her outgoing and handsome teacher. When the teacher suddenly and … Continue reading California and Japan clash in Oh Lucy!
B+ Documentary Directed by Thomas Lennon How and why do people practice their religions? And how do these religions effect their followers' lives? Thomas Lennon sent some 40 camera crews all over the world to find out. There are no great revelations in this documentary, but it creates a dream-like, meditative state, while allowing you … Continue reading Sacred: Religion from birth to death
B+ biographical documentary Directed by Alexandra Dean Hollywood movie star Hedy Lemarr had a fascinating life, but not a happy one. Her striking beauty won her fame and fortune (neither of which she held onto), but it obscured her more important work as an inventor. Her greatest invention, something most of us use daily, never … Continue reading Bombshell: Brains and the curse of beauty