Thursday November 28, 2013
Like last year, we attended the exground filmfest in Wiesbaden, Germany -- and were surprised by three first films: Alyx Duncan's mesmerizing hybrid between feature and documentary, The Red House, Kerry Candaele's exploration of the global reception of Beethoven's last symphony, Following the Ninth, and Schwarzer Panther: The Story of Emile and Jacob by the Swiss writer/director Samuel Perriard (pictured). Read about what else we discovered at exground...
Tuesday November 26, 2013
Judi Dench gives an unreservedly endearing performance as a mother looking for her lost child in Stephen Frear's magnificently acted and gently moving two-hankie drama. Steve Coogan plays the cynical freelance journalist accompanying her, hungry for a meaty human interest story. Based on a true story recounted by Martin Sixsmith in his book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, the film is playing in theaters now. Read Eric Snider's review.
Saturday November 16, 2013
Movies about the beat poets have been plentiful lately -- On the Road, Howl, Big Sur, Chicago 10 -- but Kill Your Darlings has two things going for it: it focuses on a lesser-known period in the lives of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and co, and Daniel Ratcliffe plays Ginsberg. Kill Your Darlings tells engaging story about bright, inexperienced artists working through their tumultuous formative years, says Eric D. Snider. Read his review.
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Who knew there was bluegrass in Belgium? Felix Van Groeningen's bittersweet drama about two free-spirited Belgian musicians wrestles with thorny issues but affirms spirituality and the power of music as healing force. Johan Heldenbergh and Veerle Baetens play two lovers who struggle with their beliefs after their daughter is stricken with cancer. Read Eric. D. Snider's review of The Broken Circle Breakdown.