Family drama, rated PG-13; Center for Contemporary Arts, Violet Crown; 4 chiles
A socially awkward customs agent meets a stranger who stands to unlock important mysteries about her life in this genre-bending tour de force by director Ali Abbasi.
The New Mexican reporter Robert Nott has a second life. He is a dogged cinephile with a passion for film noir and old Westerns. Having previously written books on pistol-packing stars Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, Nott now returns with a new book exploring the feature films and television shows directed by Oscar “Budd” Boetticher. The Violet Crown screens The Tall T on Monday night, Nov. 19, to celebrate the release of Nott’s book. Nott will be on hand to introduce the film, as well as to autograph copies of the book afterward.
Two devout Christian parents send their son off to sexual-orientation conversion therapy in this drama starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
The opening images of the new feature documentary, Voices of the Rainforest: A Day in the Life of Bosavi situate us in a rainforest, with a Haido palm poking out from a rich canopy of tropical trees, and the gurgling of a waterfall or the patter of rain mingled with the calls of numerous frogs, birds, and insects.
The fascination of Can You Ever Forgive Me? (the title is from a forged Dorothy Parker letter) is the sense of impending dread it weaves, built upon the basic human fear of being found out.
Family drama, rated PG-13; Center for Contemporary Arts, Violet Crown; 4 chiles
This film chronicles the rise of the radical British-Sri Lankan hip-hop star known as M.I.A.
Director Luca Guadagnino uses only rudiments of the original 1977 story to tell an entirely new tale of horror that plays out in six parts plus an epilogue.
Impulso, the title of this 2017 documentary written and directed with rhythmic originality by Emilio Belmonte, refers to Rocío Molina’s impulse toward improvisation.
Horror, not rated, Lensic Performing Arts Center, no charge, 3.5 chiles
Robert Redford plays a man who has devoted his long life to the art of robbing banks; co-starring Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck.
Bill Plympton is honored with the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award on Saturday evening, Oct. 20, and the festival is screening two of his films back to back — Revengeance and his newest animated short The Modern Lives — at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Free Solo is a must-see documentary about climbing El Capitan at Yosemite National Park without ropes, produced by National Geographic Documentary Films.
Everything is planned out for Nathan. Get a good score on the SATs. Go to college. Get married. Nathan, played by Tony Revolori, is just starting that second part in director Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road.
While Vivian Bang has appeared in more than 55 shorts, feature films, and TV shows since 1997, hardly anyone knew who she was. That might all change now after her first major starring role in White Rabbit. This is a real breakout performance by the Korean-American actress, who co-wrote the screenplay with director Daryl Wein.
In White Ravens: A Legacy of Resistance, director Georg Koszulinski presents the land, the people, and the struggle in a palette of austere simplicity. Featured speakers tell their own stories in their own time, the larger narrative unfolding like a painting. Residential school survivors tell their stories, including one man who terms his time there as worse than prison. We also hear from younger people who are attempting to revive traditional ways.
A nominee for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Burning is one of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s standout offerings.
As an executive producer of this engaging film, Geena Davis helped assemble dozens of women, and a few men, to flesh out the reality of gender imbalance in Hollywood. The 90-minute documentary turns the lens in their direction.
Directors Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree shed further light on author Toni Morrison’s understanding of identity, race, and what home means to people around the world, leading into a healthy discussion of what it is to be an immigrant — a topic that continues to be a hot-button issue in America and around the world.
Documentary, not rated, 85 minutes
Wild Nights with Emily is a cheeky little flick that treads a droll fine line between being a serious period piece and a movie in which people seem to be pretending that they are in a costume drama.
The numbers are startling: From 2010 to 2012, after Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson published their 2009 photography book Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant, an elephant was killed every 15 minutes. Even efforts to combat the problem exasperate it, as government seizures of black-market ivory also contribute to the scarcity.
Good Girls Get High takes place during one of Sam and Danielle's last weekends as seniors, when they find a joint and decide to smoke marijuana for the first time. Of course, things go quite crazy.
Francisco Franco (1892-1975) ruled Spain in a military dictatorship from the general election of 1936 until his death, an era marked by the countless deaths and disappearances of his political opponents. No official death count has been determined, but in co-director Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo’s compelling documentary The Silence of Others, one commentator lists the number as more than 100,000.
Here’s a film of surprising power and fluidity, considering director-producer Arwen Curry began the feature documentary all the way back in 2009 and didn’t complete it until this year. The delay doesn’t seem to reflect any major technical snafus but rather represents a conscious desire on Curry’s part to follow author Ursula K. Le Guin through the final years of her life.
On Her Shoulders documents Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad's efforts to speak to the U.N. about the Yazidi and to bring ISIS before the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Santa Fe’s own Adam Horowitz, producer, writer, and director of Nuclear Savage, begins this unsettling documentary on secret radiation experiments conducted on Pacific Islanders with a brief history of the Marshall Islands, from the first European contact there to the devastating tests on Bikini Atoll starting in 1946. Atomic Artist, Santa Fe-based filmmaker Glenn Silber’s short documentary on the sculptor Tony Price, begins with views of the New Mexican landscape that are elegiac in their stillness and absence of people.
The Blessing takes a while to warm up, but once it captures your attention, you can’t help but watch. This documentary not only has a powerful story to tell, but it’s all done in surprising ways that are much more intimate, organic, and dramatic than expected.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, which runs from Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 21, and has grown to become the most well-attended film festival in the state.
Documentary, not rated, in Arabic with subtitles, The Screen, 4 chiles
Co-directors Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster follow a few of the 1,700 students from 78 nations who traveled to Los Angeles in search of gold at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Documentary, Center for Contemporary Arts, 3 chiles
In a film co-produced, hosted, and narrated by Jeff Bridges, director Susan Kucera explores who we are as a species and why we keep doing terrible things to our planet.
In 1917 in a mining town near Arizona's southeastern border, a posse rounded up 1,300 striking workers, mostly of Mexican and Eastern European descent, and deported them to the New Mexico desert, where they were left to die and told never to return.
The Children Act is an intriguing but disappointing drama starring Emma Thompson as a British High Court judge who specializes in family law and visits the seventeen-year-old son of Jehovah's Witnesses in his hospital room to gauge his true feelings about treatment.
Filmmaker Heather Lenz’s Kusama: Infinity details the tough road Kusama traveled to make a name for herself in the art world in the face of the expectations Japanese society placed on women and the rampant misogyny the artist encountered in both her native land and the United States.
Lisa D’Apolito’s Love, Gilda captures some of this spirit while sketching in a brief biography of the woman who set the bar for female comics in the 1970s, and then left the world a poorer place when she succumbed to cancer in 1989, at the age of forty-two.
With Halloween drawing near, it would be tempting to view a film about Lizzie Borden as a horror movie with a crazy-eyed, axe-swinging lady coming for you in your nightmares. What writer Bryce Kass and director Craig William Macneill have created does indeed follow many tropes of the thriller genre, but we see the world through the eyes of Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny).
There’s an ominous Orwellian term for the dogs who wash out of the Guide Dogs for the Blind seeing-eye program: “Career changed.” And the odds are tough. Less than 40 percent of the 800 puppies born into the program each year make the final cut. Directors Don Hardy Jr. and Dana Nachman (Batkid Begins) trace the process from whelping to pairing with selected blind recipients.
The opening setup for Paul Weitz’s adaptation of the Ann Patchett bestseller takes place at a lavish dinner party thrown for the president of an unnamed South American country (think Peru). The after-dinner entertainment is Roxane Coss (Julianne Moore), an internationally celebrated operatic soprano (think Renée Fleming, who supplies the voice).
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