Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Loving Story (2011)

Director: Nancy Buirski
Run time: 77 min.

"The improbably named Lovings, Mildred and Richard, make a compelling couple, and not just because she is half-black, half-Native American and he is good ol’ boy white. In a rich collection of 16-millimeter film, old news clips and still photographs, the Lovings don’t look like two people caught up in a cause, they seem like two people caught up in each other.

The Lovings became civil rights activists by default: victims of the times, the color of their skin and a willful, wrongheaded judge in Virginia. By accident, more than design, they made history."

—Alessandra Stanley, New York Times (full review here).

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fire at Sea (2016)

Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Run time: 108 min.

"I’m not sure that Mr. Rosi is interested in trafficking in hope, which is among his great virtues as a filmmaker. He takes a hard, empathetic look at reality, which contains wonders as well as horrors. He doesn’t bear witness — an overused and often presumptuous idea. He observes, with humility and precision. Instead of raising awareness, he cultivates alertness. 'Fire at Sea' occupies your consciousness like a nightmare, and yet somehow you don’t want it to end."

—A.O. Scott, New York Times (full review here).

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zero Days (2017)

Director: Alex Gibney
Run time: 114 min.

"A black ops cyber attack launched by the U.S. and Israel on an Iranian nuclear facility unleashed malware with unforeseen consequences. The Stuxnet virus infiltrated it's pre-determined target only to spread it's infection outward, ultimately exposing systemic vulnerabilities that threatened the very safety of the planet. Delve deep into the bourgeoning world of digital warfare in this documentary thriller from Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney."

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Witness (2017)

Director: James Solomon
Run time: 89 min. 

"On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens. Soon after, The New York Times published a front-page story asserting that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered from their apartment windows—and did nothing to help. The death of Kitty Genovese, 28 quickly became a symbol of urban apathy. The Witness follows the efforts of her brother, Bill Genovese, as he looks to uncover the truth buried beneath the story. In the process, he makes startling discoveries about the crimes that transformed his life, condemned a city and defined an era."

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Under the Sun (2016)

Director: Vitaly Mansky 
Run Time: 110 min.  

"A rare, jaw-dropping glimpse of everyday life in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang: Zin-Mi is an adorable 8-year-old girl, who, as she prepares to join the prestigious Children's Union, participates in colorful, joyous patriotic school pageants, eats delicious evening meals at her family's well-appointed apartment, and is doted on by her attractive parents who work in model factories that regularly exceed their production targets. Sounds too good to be true? Of course it is." 

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