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'God Loves Uganda' looks at missionaries, anti-gay bill

'God Loves Uganda' looks at missionaries, anti-gay bill

While Uganda’s parliament considers an anti-homosexuality bill, which would mandate the death penalty for serial “offenders,” Western-supported megachurches flourish in the African country.

January 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Review: Atmosphere of desperation hangs over 'The Motel Life'

Review: Atmosphere of desperation hangs over 'The Motel Life'

Down-and-out Nevada stars alongside two of the screen’s best young character actors in “The Motel Life,” a wintry story of life on the margins.

November 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Concussion' updated the suburban-emptiness milieu

'Concussion' updated the suburban-emptiness milieu

Stacie Passon’s assured first feature is a stylish affair. Home decorating is the chief means of self-expression for the stay-at-home mom at the center of “Concussion” — until she combines her fixer-upper flair with the unexpected emotional rewards of high-end sex work.

October 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Hannah Arendt' finds pulse in work of writer, great thinker

'Hannah Arendt' finds pulse in work of writer, great thinker

She's often referred to as a philosopher, but the great thinker and writer Hannah Arendt considered herself a political theorist.

July 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Playroom' a place of family's malaise

The split-level house of American dreams and boomer memories probably has never been used so evocatively or been as central to a movie as it is in "The Playroom." In the 1975-set coming-of-age drama - a kids'-eye view of adult malaise - that house is essentially a character, showcasing the g…

February 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'All Together' opts for cute over smart, cutting edge

'All Together' opts for cute over smart, cutting edge

Septuagenarians give communal living a go in "All Together," a comedy that manages to avoid many of the predictable pitfalls and pratfalls that such a scenario suggests. Until it surrenders to them.

November 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Raunchy 'Klown' is fun

Raunchy 'Klown' is fun

"Klown"earns its laughs. The Danish comedy is a fine juggling act of dry Scandinavian humor and boys-will-be-boys outrageousness that's both more sexually explicit and more truly risk-taking than the usual Hollywood version of men behaving badly (a remake from Todd Phillips and Danny McBride…

August 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Film offers engrossing portrait of AA's co-founder

Film offers engrossing portrait of AA's co-founder

There's an unflashy clarity to the documentary "Bill W." that suits its subject. William G. Wilson, the "stinking rotten drunk" who had an epiphany and co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, was a Vermont Yankee whose life's work was predicated on humility and service.

August 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Superb 'Elena' lays bare starkness of Russian life

Superb 'Elena' lays bare starkness of Russian life

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose 2003 feature debut, "The Return," was a masterpiece of cinematic allegory, turns to noir-ish territory, by way of Dostoevsky, in his third film, the spellbinding and impeccably crafted "Elena."

July 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Moody, Lynchian 'Keyhole' not particularly captivating

Moody, Lynchian 'Keyhole' not particularly captivating

Gangsters and ghosts - and gangsters who are ghosts - stir it up in Guy Maddin's "Keyhole." They've gathered, in collusion and at cross-purposes, in a creepy old house that wouldn't be out of place in a David Lynch fantasia.

June 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
'Sound of Noise' doesn't strain, has heart

'Sound of Noise' doesn't strain, has heart

The directors of the delightful 2001 short film "Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers," which showcases the noncutesy melodic possibilities of squeak toys, toothbrushes and vacuum cleaners, successfully build upon the premise in "Sound of Noise."

May 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Documentary asks who tried to murder Earth First activist

Documentary asks who tried to murder Earth First activist

The title of the no-frills documentary "Who Bombed Judi Bari?" is not a rhetorical question; the filmmakers are offering a $50,000 reward for answers.

January 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Film about coming of age in gay cabaret mostly wins

Exulting in a seedy showbiz glow a là "Showgirls," but with twice the gyrating and a lot more soul, "House of Boys" is a coming-of-age extravaganza set in the gay club scene of 1984 Amsterdam.

December 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
'Being Elmo' peers into soul of puppeteer

'Being Elmo' peers into soul of puppeteer

Kevin Clash wasn't the first puppeteer behind "Sesame Street" character Elmo, but he's the one who gave the shaggy red Muppet a falsetto voice and the personality of a sweet toddler - and thus created a superstar for the preschool set.

December 01, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…
Flattering documentary paints an intimate portrait of Burroughs

Flattering documentary paints an intimate portrait of Burroughs

As the admiring new documentary "A Man Within" shows, writer William S. Burroughs was a taut collection of contradictions: a critic of law-and-order jingoism who was a gun fanatic (even after killing his wife in a game of William Tell gone terribly wrong), a prescient critic of invasive psyc…

January 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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