Film

Local & Repertory •  Dear White People Justin Simien’s smart new college

Local & Repertory• Dear White People Justin Simien’s smart new college satire forthrightly addresses race, and it feels like a follow-up—though not a rebuttal—to Spike Lee’s… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2015

Local & Repertory •  Actress It doesn’t really matter if you remember

Local & Repertory• Actress It doesn’t really matter if you remember Brandy Burre from The Wire or not; nor is it worth looking up her scant… Continue reading

  • Jan 27, 2015

Local & Repertory •  The Big Lebowski The Coen brothers’ 1998 stoner-noir

Local & Repertory• The Big Lebowski The Coen brothers’ 1998 stoner-noir is Raymond Chandler filtered through dirty bong water, where almost every line of dialogue is… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2015

Local & Repertory •  The Big Lebowski The Coen brothers’ 1998 stoner-noir

Local & Repertory• The Big Lebowski The Coen brothers’ 1998 stoner-noir is Raymond Chandler filtered through dirty bong water, where almost every line of dialogue is… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2015

Local & Repertory •  The Atomic Cafe Discussion follows the screening of

Local & Repertory• The Atomic Cafe Discussion follows the screening of this very influential 1982 doc, which uses old government A-bomb footage and educational films to… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2015

Local & Repertory •  The Big Lebowski The Coen brothers’ 1998 stoner-noir

Local & Repertory• The Big Lebowski The Coen brothers’ 1998 stoner-noir is Raymond Chandler filtered through dirty bong water, where almost every line of dialogue is… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2015

Local & Repertory The Atomic Cafe Discussion follows the screening of this

Local & RepertoryThe Atomic Cafe Discussion follows the screening of this very influential 1982 doc, which uses old government A-bomb footage and educational films to… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2015

Local & Repertory Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure This 1989 time-travel comedy

Local & RepertoryBill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure This 1989 time-travel comedy about two genial teenage ninnies struck an extended Reagan-era chord. Their sheer cluelessness, and… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2015

Local & Repertory American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Discussion

Local & RepertoryAmerican Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Discussion follows the screening of a documentary profile of the noted activist. (NR)Keystone Church, 5019… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2014

If you’ve been living under a rock, or just returned from vacation

If you’ve been living under a rock, or just returned from vacation in the Internet-free hermit kingdom of North Korea, the biggest movie story of… Continue reading

In a filmgoing year that—turning my sourpuss-meter slightly to the right of

In a filmgoing year that—turning my sourpuss-meter slightly to the right of Robert Horton’s—was less mixed than outright disappointing, Birdman was for me the most… Continue reading

Writing a year-end movie wrap-up is a useful way of acknowledging quality,

Writing a year-end movie wrap-up is a useful way of acknowledging quality, but it’s also a handy method for capturing what’s in the air at… Continue reading

Local & Repertory Home Alone Child actor Macaulay Culkin brutally tortures blameless

Local & RepertoryHome Alone Child actor Macaulay Culkin brutally tortures blameless burglars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern in this Christmas-themed 1990 horror movie, written by… Continue reading

  • Dec 18, 2014

No musician wants to forget the words they’re singing onstage, and one

No musician wants to forget the words they’re singing onstage, and one of the dirty little secrets to the endless touring of geezer rock groups—members… Continue reading

Movie stars come from the unlikeliest places. Take the case of one

Movie stars come from the unlikeliest places. Take the case of one Mark Wahlberg, for example. In youth, he was a juvenile delinquent, with a… Continue reading

The crucial masterstroke of Into the Woods is that the fairy-tale happy

The crucial masterstroke ofInto the Woods is that the fairy-tale happy ending comes halfway through the action. What exactly becomes of Cinderella after she settles… Continue reading

The Imitation Game proves that a ripping true story can survive even

The Imitation Game proves that a ripping true story can survive even the Oscar-bait effect. This is a profile of Alan Turing: British mathematician, code-breaker… Continue reading

Christmas is a time for kitsch, and holiday movies usually reward us

Christmas is a time for kitsch, and holiday movies usually reward us with the same sort of mass-produced sentiment, the meaning long since drained from… Continue reading

The greedy guy on a life raft who eats all the chocolate

The greedy guy on a life raft who eats all the chocolate bars is surely going to die. That’s just one of the moral lessons… Continue reading