Brian Miller

From left, the cloistered sisters portrayed by Tugba Sunguroglu, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan, and Gunes Sensoy. (Photo courtesy Cohen Media Group)

Arriving amid the December awards season and year-end lists, this fine Turkish

Arriving amid the December awards season and year-end lists, this fine Turkish drama strikes a resonant chord with some other standouts from 2015. In outline,… Continue reading

 

All business: Lawrence and Cooper.Twentieth Century Fox

Intentionally or not, David O. Russell’s pleasing new empowerment-com is perfectly represented

Intentionally or not, David O. Russell’s pleasing new empowerment-com is perfectly represented by its emblem, the Miracle Mop. The movie begins as an enjoyable mess,… Continue reading

 

Sepideh (Farahani) has her matchmaking plans go awry.Cinema Guild

Before the international acclaim earned for The Past and A Separation, Iranian

Before the international acclaim earned for ThePast and A Separation, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi delivered this impressive beachside drama to SIFF 2009. Only now, however,… Continue reading

 

Over the years, and there have been many, I have heard the

Over the years, and there have been many, I have heard the

Over the years, and there have been many, I have heard the mandarins of SIFF say “We’re slimming down the schedule” or “We’re trying to… Continue reading

Over the years, and there have been many, I have heard the

Over the years, and there have been many, I have heard the

Over the years, and there have been many, I have heard the mandarins of SIFF say “We’re slimming 
down the schedule” or “We’re trying to… Continue reading

Gere on the skids in Time Out of Mind.

As post-recession Seattle swells with ever more wealth, inequality becomes that much

As post-recession Seattle swells with ever more wealth, inequality becomes that much more pronounced. King County’s 10-year war on homelessness has officially been pronounced a… Continue reading

Gere on the skids in Time Out of Mind.
Every edition of SIFF begins with optimism and fresh resolutions: This year

Every edition of SIFF begins with optimism and fresh resolutions: This year

Every edition of SIFF begins with optimism and fresh resolutions: This year I’ll buy my tickets earlier. Or, This time I’ll see more movies. Or,… Continue reading

Every edition of SIFF begins with optimism and fresh resolutions: This year
Hammen and his trusty Bolex.

If the images in his shoestring romance Beach Town seem a little

If the images in his shoestring romance Beach Town seem a little grainy and washed-out, if the sun flares in the lens, if the plot… Continue reading

Hammen and his trusty Bolex.
Max (Hardy) is a man of action, not words.Jasin Boland/Warner Bros.

Most film snobs are gross hypocrites. I know I am. Me, I

Most film snobs are gross hypocrites. I know I am. Me, I couldn’t care less about those wisecracking Marvel movies or DC’s brooding caped superheroes.… Continue reading

Max (Hardy) is a man of action, not words.Jasin Boland/Warner Bros.
Keaton and Freeman preserve their dignity.Focus Features

Completely reliant on the warmth and goodwill generated by its stars (rather

Completely reliant on the warmth and goodwill generated by its stars (rather than, say, its writing), this AARP-oriented dramedy strikes all the familiar chords. Retired… Continue reading

Keaton and Freeman preserve their dignity.Focus Features
Kitamura and Fujitani as fellow travelers.Eleven Arts/Gravitas Ventures

If you’ve ever been trapped in a cabin during a rainy summer-weekend

If you’ve ever been trapped in a cabin during a rainy summer-weekend getaway, you’ll know the feeling of cracking a yellowed old mystery paperback, tea… Continue reading

Kitamura and Fujitani as fellow travelers.Eleven Arts/Gravitas Ventures
Who's helping whom? Binoche (left) and Stewart.c Carole Bethuel/CG Cinema/Sundance Selects

Try to draw a straight line—I sure can’t—from Olivier Assayas’ sexy film-set

Try to draw a straight line—I sure can’t—from Olivier Assayas’ sexy film-set shenanigans in Irma Vep (his 1996 breakthrough) to his Eurotrashy Boarding Gate to… Continue reading

Who's helping whom? Binoche (left) and Stewart.c Carole Bethuel/CG Cinema/Sundance Selects
Kroll's unfit uncle and his charge (one of the twins Caleb and Matthew Paddock).Radius

A popular basic-cable performer on The League and Kroll Show for the

A popular basic-cable performer on The League and Kroll Show for the past half-dozen years, Nick Kroll can be forgiven for arriving a little late… Continue reading

Kroll's unfit uncle and his charge (one of the twins Caleb and Matthew Paddock).Radius
Amon Carter Museum of American Art/c 2015 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

TAM has been on an Old West/frontier binge of late, what with

TAM has been on an Old West/frontier binge of late, what with the recent Haub bequest, and Matika Wilbur’s Native American portraits last year. And… Continue reading

Amon Carter Museum of American Art/c 2015 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Our young hero can't leave his self-disgust behind in Aberdeen.HBO Films

Headed for HBO on May 4 (with companion book to follow), this

Headed for HBO on May 4 (with companion book to follow), this fascinating documentary portrait will have strong appeal in Seattle—even among viewers for whom,… Continue reading

Our young hero can't leave his self-disgust behind in Aberdeen.HBO Films
The son (Fumo, left) and father (Ferracane, right) fall into inevitable conflict. Francesca Casciarri/Vitagraph Films

In a certain kind of Italian mob picture, you expect blood feuds,

In a certain kind of Italian mob picture, you expect blood feuds, family feasts, and generational conflict. Certainly Francesco Munzi’s adaptation of a popular crime… Continue reading

The son (Fumo, left) and father (Ferracane, right) fall into inevitable conflict. Francesca Casciarri/Vitagraph Films
Playwright Collins in the early ‘80s.

You’d never know it today, but the present Trinity Nightclub on Occidental

You’d never know it today, but the present Trinity Nightclub on Occidental Avenue South (near Yesler) once housed the 90-seat Pioneer Square Theater. Operating at… Continue reading

Playwright Collins in the early ‘80s.
Hill (left) and Franco as jailhouse confidants.Barry Wetcher/20th Century Fox

No one is harder on the press, and less forgiving of ethical

No one is harder on the press, and less forgiving of ethical transgressions, than the press itself. Fabricating journalists like Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass… Continue reading

Hill (left) and Franco as jailhouse confidants.Barry Wetcher/20th Century Fox
From left: Wenders, Juliano Salgado, and Sebastiao Salgado.Thierry Pouffary/Sony Pictures Classics

Much as you and I will want to admire the great Brazilian

Much as you and I will want to admire the great Brazilian humanist photographer Sebastiao Salgado, such creatures have a way of remaining elusive, using… Continue reading

From left: Wenders, Juliano Salgado, and Sebastiao Salgado.Thierry Pouffary/Sony Pictures Classics
Activist Clark has also been featured in The New York Times and Vogue.RADiUS

Ah, yes, the campus rape movie that none of us wants to

Ah, yes, the campus rape movie that none of us wants to see. Credit the excellent muckracking documentarian Kirby Dick for pursuing such difficult topics.… Continue reading

Activist Clark has also been featured in The New York Times and Vogue.RADiUS