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'Liv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected' a lovely look at pair's relationship

'Liv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected' a lovely look at pair's relationship

“Liv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected” is a lovely and lyrical documentary about the passionate, mutually inspiring yet fraught relationship between the late filmmaker Ingmar Bergman and his lover, frequent collaborator and, ultimately, dear friend, actress Liv Ullmann.

January 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
'Hava Nagila' a lively portrait of the Jewish song

'Hava Nagila' a lively portrait of the Jewish song

The short and sweet documentary "Hava Nagila (The Movie)" is a lively portrait of what is arguably the most ubiquitous Jewish song or, as one observer wryly puts it, "the kudzu of Jewish music."

June 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Fierce Green Fire' a film barometer of 50 years of ecological gains, challenges

'Fierce Green Fire' a film barometer of 50 years of ecological gains, challenges

A kind of crash course in 50-plus years of environmentalism, the documentary "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet," adapted from the book by Philip Shabecoff, proves a worthy reminder of how much has been done to help heal our planet's ecological woes as well as how much rema…

April 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'The Thieves' a slick jewel caper

'The Thieves' a slick jewel caper

Comparisons to such ensemble capers as "Ocean's Eleven" or "Tower Heist" are inevitable, but South Korea's "The Thieves" carves its own niche with moments of romance and stylish mayhem mixed with a more emotionally conflicted, winner-take-all sensibility than its American brethren.

January 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Hot Flash Havoc' reveals mysteries of menopause

The vital and enlightening documentary "Hot Flash Havoc" takes a detailed look at the under-discussed topic of menopause while unraveling its various medical, social and sexual ramifications. To call the film appointment viewing for women of a certain age is perhaps an understatement.

August 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
An aging rocker's life uncovered

An aging rocker's life uncovered

The hugely engrossing, stranger-than-fiction documentary "Last Days Here" tracks three roller-coaster years in the recent life of 50-something burnout Bobby Liebling, the outrageous frontman of 1970s doom-metal band Pentagram. Co-directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton have created a deft and…

June 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
'Star Wars' fans speak out forcefully in entertaining 'Lucas' documentary

'Star Wars' fans speak out forcefully in entertaining 'Lucas' documentary

The legacy of "Star Wars" and the tempest in a very large teapot that seminal film has stirred in its vast legion of fans gets a nerd's-eye view in the entertaining documentary "The People vs. George Lucas."

August 11, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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