His name was Buster Keaton, and for most of the 1920s he was, if not the King of Silent Comedy, the Grand Duke, creating a string of classic comedies in which he performed physical stunts that the best CGI couldn’t re-create today.
By situating the film within the context of a government report, albeit a bombshell one, The Report loses a little human sizzle.
Director Jacqui Fifer and producer Tom Cronin will be on hand for an audience Q&A after the 5:15 p.m. screening of The Portal on Sunday, Nov. 10 at The Screen.
As he grows older, Pedro Almodóvar seems to be growing more reflective. Pain and Glory is not strictly autobiographical, but it is strewn with deeply personal bread crumbs to lead us through significant passages of the great director’s life.
Jojo is an only child whose father, he thinks, is off fighting the war for Germany. He lives with his mother, Rosie, in a modest, two-story home in a middle-class section of Berlin.
A man wearing a ski mask robs a bank, dispassionately kills two clerks, and is quickly captured. He claims he was acting alone, but witnesses report that he seemed to be in some kind of trance, and a suspicion emerges that he was acting under hypnotic suggestion.
An Afghan filmmaker, mother, and wife, Fatima Hussaini adopted yet another identity in 2015: political refugee. That year, the Taliban called for the death of her husband, Hassan Fazili, a filmmaker who owned a Kabul café that served both men and women. Together with their two young daughters, the couple fled Afghanistan, beginning an arduous multiyear odyssey that took them across continents and scarily inhospitable countries.
Some people have a way with time. Take Santa Fe filmmaker Sylvia Johnson, who transforms 15 minutes into a powerful story of two refugees and their struggle for asylum in the United States. Perhaps, like so many artists these days, she’s motivated by a mission: Her art is also her activism on subjects like water pollution, transgender discrimination, and animal rights.
The new documentary co-directed by and starring Bruce Springsteen, swaggers across the landscape like a cinematic epic, but it’s basically a concert flick, with some extras. And those extras are not the best things in it.
In 2012, explorer Steve Elkins embarked on the dangerous undertaking, along with Benenson and best-selling author Douglas Preston, and traversed the dense interior of Honduras. They didn’t know if they’d find the lost city, rumored to exist somewhere in the vast and nearly impenetrable rainforests of the La Mosquitia region.
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson have two of the most mesmerizing physiognomies in movies. In this sly American Gothic set in the late 19th century, the director Robert Eggers lights and frames the actors to emphasize every bony plane. The stark cinematography deepens the film’s shadows and unease, but it also throws these grizzled faces into relief, sharpening their cheekbones and revealing the death’s head under each man’s grimace.
Unlike the first film, there’s no one to care about.
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival offers panel discussions with industry professionals and other educational offerings. All are held at Form & Concept Gallery, and admission is free.
With more than 200 galleries and museums, most people probably think of Santa Fe as just an art town. But it’s increasingly gaining a reputation as a destination for cinephiles. The 11th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Wednesday, Oct. 16, through Oct. 20, happens at various venues in town.
Tantoo Cardinal is the epitome of a working actress, and she is probably the most recognizable indigenous actress working today. A tribute to Tantoo Cardinal takes place at the Lensic on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2019 picks by Pasatiempo writer Paul Weideman.
Family dynamics and strained parent-child relationships feature prominently in several movies screening at the 2019 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Here are picks by Pasatiempo writer Jennifer Levin.
2019 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival picks by Pasatiempo writer Michael Abatemarco.
Jane Seymour receives a lifetime achievement award Oct. 18 from the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.
The farmland of South Africa’s Free State region is a remote, stark, and (you might be tempted to say) a godforsaken place. But you would be at odds with the devout, churchgoing Afrikaners who inhabit and work these lands.
More than most, this review must come with a warning label: This movie is not for everybody. If you shell out your hard-earned money and then sit for almost an hour and twenty minutes and discover that not much happens, don’t come whining to me.
Following two deeply damaged siblings, each lacking a place in the world, Justin Chon’s Ms. Purple seems named not for a character but for a state of mind that’s been a long time brewing.
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From the hysterical levels of overpraise, concern-trolling, and general hype that have greeted Joker, casual observers might assume that it’s either genius, right-wing propaganda, or some diabolically potent combination thereof. The truth is, it’s just a movie — a fine movie, not a great movie, a movie that will please the specific subculture of fans it aims to service.
James Franco gets carried away with his own genius and winds up with a bit of a mess. It’s not an unlikable mess, and it has a real passion for the movies.
“In my novel, Rambo is a man bitter about what he learned about himself in war,” says David Morrell, the Santa Fe writer of the iconic character he created in 1972’s First Blood. “Anyone 40 years or younger won’t have the faintest idea what’s troubling him.”
The Downton Abbey film finds the characters in 1927, with events of the series finale receding into the past. The quotidian life on the estate continues until the family receives a letter informing them that King George V and Queen Mary are stopping in for an overnight visit.
Life on the lower levels of the service sector can be soul-killing drudgery, and with her debut foray into feature films, Mexican director Lila Avilés takes us backstage at Mexico City’s luxurious Hotel Presidente Internacional, following the day-to-day duties of that invisible, lowly creature, the chambermaid.
Love him or — ignore him, I guess. I don’t see how you could hate him. But buy his philosophy or reject it, there is one aspect of Ram Dass that seems incontrovertible, and that is the pure joy he radiates.
The heroes of It are known as the Losers Club. It: Chapter Two features the same group of talented young actors as the original 2017 film, and also adds older versions of these characters, who are in their 40s.
Give Me Liberty is a jolt of a movie, at once kinetic and controlled. It’s an anarchic deadpan comedy that evolves into a romance just around the time the story explodes.
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If you’ve been thinking that this is a pretty rotten world but you weren’t absolutely sure, here’s a movie to confirm your worst suspicions.
There’s a woman in India working tirelessly and selflessly to improve the wretched lot of orphans. And there’s a mother named Theresa. They are not the same person, but their lives are about to become tortuously intertwined.
Epic studies in physical punishment such as The Revenant have nothing on this portrait of extreme suffering, which treats notions of white European expansion, male impunity, and wilderness-taming with far sharper skepticism than that earlier, more romantic movie.
David Crosby: Remember My Name was one of the breakout hits at Sundance this year, and understandably so: In this film, the pioneering folk-rock musician — who turned 78 on Aug. 14 — emerges less as a lion in winter than a tiger in full attack mode, as often as not against himself.
This movie should come with a vertigo warning. But the cinematic rhapsody Into the Canyon, which plays Thursday, Aug. 22, at Violet Crown Cinema, is about much more than cliff walking.
So, The Angry Birds Movie 2 is not great cinema. But the animated sequel — inspired by the popular Angry Birds games, available on mobile devices and other platforms — goes above and beyond what is to be expected from such things.
With too much to say and too many people saying it, and no central narrator driving the story arc, The Spy Behind Home Plate sometimes plods and lacks focus. Still, the guy (Moe Berg) was amazing.
The powerful subject matter is enough to carry this movie, although the telling is sometimes weakened by its too-broad approach.
There’s an aerial quality to Lynn Shelton’s quirky, lively comedy, as her characters seem to fly through the air with the greatest of ease, working without a net.
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Amuse-BoucheBowled over: Mampuku Ramen
Amuse-BoucheHearty Central American fare, with coffee to boot: Sagche's Coffee House
Just Drink ItJust drink it: The Mandarin blossom cosmopolitan at Jinja
Tasty MorselsTasty morsels, Nov. 1
- As authentic as it gets: 100 traditional New Mexico recipes
- Short takes: A snapshot of recent reviews
Amuse-BoucheA taste for change: Santacafé
Amuse-boucheBelly up: Bar foods for all-time noshing
- Short Takes: A snapshot of recent reviews
- La dolce vita: Sassella Restaurant
Amuse-BoucheFeed your (balloon) fiesta
- Tasty Morsels
Amuse-boucheThe replacements: Plant-based meats hit the mainstream
Amuse-boucheRed, green, or rosé? The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
Amuse-boucheAll that's missing are the Gauloises: Madame Matisse