Brian Miller

Bruno (Gassman, driving) tells Roberto (Trintignant), “That's what I like—no plans!”Janus/Criterion

Il Sorpasso Opens Fri., April 4 at Varsity. Not rated. 102 minutes.

Il Sorpasso Opens Fri., April 4 at Varsity. 
Not rated. 102 minutes. Rarely screened in the U.S., newly restored for its Criterion DVD release later… Continue reading

Bruno (Gassman, driving) tells Roberto (Trintignant), “That's what I like—no plans!”Janus/Criterion
Jones as the impressionable young Tommy.

Hide Your Smiling Faces Runs Fri., April 4–Thurs., April 10 at Northwest

Hide Your Smiling Faces Runs Fri., April 4–Thurs., April 10 
at Northwest Film Forum. 
Not rated. 81 minutes. In his first feature, writer/director Daniel Patrick… Continue reading

Jones as the impressionable young Tommy.
Khan (right) as Saajan, gradually warming to his eager office colleague (Siddiqui).Michael Simmonds/Sony Pictures Classics

The Lunchbox Opens Fri., March 28 at Harvard Exit. Rated PG. 104

The Lunchbox Opens Fri., March 28 at Harvard Exit. Rated PG. 104 minutes. The epistolary novel of the 18th century has occasionally been updated to… Continue reading

Khan (right) as Saajan, gradually warming to his eager office colleague (Siddiqui).Michael Simmonds/Sony Pictures Classics
Shu's demon hunter prefers extreme methods.Magnolia Pictures

Journey to the West Runs Fri., March 28–Thurs., April 3 at Grand

Journey to the West Runs Fri., March 28–Thurs., April 3 at Grand Illusion. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. If you were a bored 10-year-old sitting in… Continue reading

Shu's demon hunter prefers extreme methods.Magnolia Pictures
With Pena at right, Dawson play Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, who is still alive.Pantelion Films

Cesar Chavez Opens Fri., March 28 at Meridian and other theaters. Rated

Cesar Chavez Opens Fri., March 28 at Meridian and other theaters. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes. “If the poor aren’t involved, change will never come.” I… Continue reading

With Pena at right, Dawson play Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, who is still alive.Pantelion Films
Kˆhler's spy keeps a lid on her true identity.Tom Trambow/IFC/Sundance Selects

Two Lives Opens Fri., March 21 at Varsity. Not rated. 99 minutes.

Two Lives Opens Fri., March 21 at Varsity. 
Not rated. 99 minutes. This Norwegian Cold War melodrama means well; it has aspirations, but they just… Continue reading

Kˆhler's spy keeps a lid on her true identity.Tom Trambow/IFC/Sundance Selects
Eka (Babluani) cuts loose for once.Artscope/Memento Films

In Bloom Runs Fri., March 21–Thurs., March 27 at Northwest Film Forum.

In Bloom Runs Fri., March 21–Thurs., March 27 at Northwest Film Forum. Not rated. 
102 minutes. Current events in Crimea find a faint echo in… Continue reading

Eka (Babluani) cuts loose for once.Artscope/Memento Films
After the levees broke.Icarus Films

The Great Flood Runs Fri., March 21–Thurs., March 27 at Grand Illusion.

The Great Flood Runs Fri., March 21–Thurs., March 27 at Grand Illusion. Not rated. 80 minutes. This is a very specialized sort of documentary, where… Continue reading

After the levees broke.Icarus Films

A Birder’s Guide to Everything Opens Fri., March 21 at Sundance Cinemas.

A Birder’s Guide to Everything Opens Fri., March 21 at Sundance Cinemas. Rated PG-13. 86 minutes. If you took all the gore and necromancy out… Continue reading

Above: Noguchi’s Ye Kau Jong. Left: Tobey’s untitled 1954 painting.

Compare-and-contrast shows are generally a gimmick, pairing artists by virtue of school,

Compare-and-contrast shows are generally a gimmick, pairing artists by virtue of school, medium, nationality, or generational proximity. But sometimes they work quite nicely, as is… Continue reading

Above: Noguchi’s Ye Kau Jong. Left: Tobey’s untitled 1954 painting.

When the young Pennsylvania photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier visited Seattle Art Museum

When the young Pennsylvania photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier visited Seattle Art Museum last month to discuss Born by a River, a documentary study of her… Continue reading

From left, students Colin White, Jamesha Thompson, and Alexia Williams learn about trusses.Long Shot Factory/ifyoubuilditmovie.com

If You Build It Runs Fri., March 14–Sun., March 16 at SIFF

If You Build It Runs Fri., March 14–Sun., March 16 at SIFF Film Center. Not rated. 86 minutes. Northern liberal do-gooders come to a poor… Continue reading

From left, students Colin White, Jamesha Thompson, and Alexia Williams learn about trusses.Long Shot Factory/ifyoubuilditmovie.com
Rockwell as errant pharmacist.Samuel Goldwyn Films

Better Living Through Chemistry Opens Fri., March 14 at Sundance Cinemas and

Better Living Through Chemistry Opens Fri., March 14 at Sundance 
Cinemas and SIFF Cinema Uptown. 
Not rated. 91 minutes. Sam Rockwell sightings are like spotting… Continue reading

Rockwell as errant pharmacist.Samuel Goldwyn Films
Franck (Deladonchamps) on the prowl.Strand Releasing

Stranger by the Lake Runs Fri., March 7–Thurs., March 20 at SIFF

Stranger by the LakeRuns Fri., March 7–Thurs., March 20 at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Not rated. 97 minutes.How well do you know this guy? The same… Continue reading

Franck (Deladonchamps) on the prowl.Strand Releasing
The legend in winter.IFC-Sundance

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Runs Fri., March 7–Thurs., March 13 at Sundance

Elaine Stritch: Shoot MeRuns Fri., March 7–Thurs., March 13 at Sundance Cinemas. Not rated. 80 minutes.The core audience for this showbiz documentary is self-selecting: If… Continue reading

The legend in winter.IFC-Sundance
Chasse as a child.alienboy.org

Alien Boy: The Life andDeath of James Chasse Runs Fri., March 7–Thurs.,

Alien Boy: The Life andDeath of James ChasseRuns Fri., March 7–Thurs., March 13 at Northwest Film Forum. Not rated.
90 minutes.Seen during last fall’s Local Sightings… Continue reading

Chasse as a child.alienboy.org
Spencer's traveler, with Casey Camp-Horinek at right.Ken Billington

Winter in the Blood Runs Thurs., Feb. 27–Thurs., March 6 at Northwest

Winter in the Blood Runs Thurs., Feb. 27–Thurs., March 6 at Northwest Film Forum. Not rated.
98 minutes. With Sherman Alexie among its producers (and its… Continue reading

Spencer's traveler, with Casey Camp-Horinek at right.Ken Billington
Brian Miller

Some people roam the city looking for stray animals to shelter and

Some people roam the city looking for stray animals to shelter and adopt. My mission is to find public artworks that are ignored, neglected, or… Continue reading

Brian Miller
Anglo-Irish comity: Forte and Peake.Samson Films/Karina Finegan Alves

Run & Jump Runs Fri., Feb. 21–Thurs., Feb. 27 at Northwest Film

Run & Jump Runs Fri., Feb. 21–Thurs., Feb. 27 at Northwest Film Forum. Not rated.
105 minutes. The stink of MacGruber had pretty well cleared by… Continue reading

Anglo-Irish comity: Forte and Peake.Samson Films/Karina Finegan Alves
Ahlo (Disamoe) ends up leading his family.Tom Greenwood

The Rocket Opens Fri., Feb. 21 at Varsity. Not rated. 96 minutes.

The Rocket Opens Fri., Feb. 21 at Varsity.
Not rated. 96 minutes. Written and directed by an Australian, Kim Mordaunt, this familiar little drama is set… Continue reading

Ahlo (Disamoe) ends up leading his family.Tom Greenwood