Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Five Films Look At The L.A. Riots From (Almost) Every Angle

Scenes from Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 รข€“ 1992.

Five documentary films attempt to complete the picture on what transpired in Los Angeles after the Rodney King beating by police.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

City Planning As A Contact Sport In 'Citizen Jane: Battle For The City'

Jane Jacobs commandeering a city planning meeting.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a documentary about Jane Jacobs, whose 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities changed urban planning.

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'Quiet Passion' Captures The Wit And Vulnerability Of Poet Emily Dickinson

British filmmaker Terence Davies turns his attention to the gifted New England poet in his new movie. Critic Justin Chang calls the film a "sharp, sensitive portrait" of a woman ahead of her time.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Flighty French Farce (Avec Flesh-Eating): 'Slack Bay'

Isabelle (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) takes in (and takes to) the sea air in Slack Bay.

Bruno Dumont's histrionic if not particularly hysterical comedy pits rich against poor in a picturesque seaside town; the film's leisurely paced slapstick is "more intriguing than involving."

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A Gleefully Grisly 85-Minute Gunfight: 'Free Fire'

Polyester Posse: Ord (Armie Hammer), Justine (Brie Larson), Chris (Cillian Murphy), Stevo (Sam Riley) and Frank (Michael Smiley) walk the walk.

This "agreeably amoral comic thriller" about a weapons deal gone wrong might be, according to critic Chris Klimek, "the most realistic movie gun battle ever."

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