March 2, 2012
'The Turin Horse' No MPAA rating; in Hungarian with English subtitles Running time: 2 hours, 26 minutes Playing: At Laemmle's Music Hall 3, Beverly Hills; Laemmle's Playhouse 7, Pasadena
February 27, 2012
'Jodi Breakers' MPAA rating: Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes Playing: Naz8 Cinemas, Lakewood; AMC Covina 30, Covina
February 24, 2012
'The Forgiveness of Blood' MPAA rating: Not rated Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes, Albanian with English subtitles Playing: At Nuart Theatre, Santa Monica
February 24, 2012 |
A crucial civil rights issue receives dull, inelegant scrutiny in "Iranian Taboo," director Reza Allamehzadeh's documentary that attempts to shed light on the persecution and scapegoating of members of the Bahá'í faith by Iran's Islamic regime. Allamehzadeh, reportedly banned from entering his native Iran (friends secretly filmed "Taboo's" Iran-set footage, while the director shot in such countries as France and Israel), takes an unsatisfying, two-pronged approach to this complex subject.
February 3, 2012
'Crazy Horse' No MPAA rating; in English and French with English subtitles Running time: 2 hours, 18 minutes Playing: Nuart Theatre, West Los Angeles
January 27, 2012
'Declaration of War' MPAA rating: Not rated Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes; French with English subtitles Playing: At Nuart Theater, West Los Angeles
January 20, 2012 |
Over the course of a career that stretches back more than 50 years, Jean-Luc Godard might have cultivated a reputation as a maker of forbiddingly dense, impenetrably allusion-heavy films, but his work also always holds the potential to offer something groundbreaking and new. Despite (or maybe because of) his penchant for provocation and predilection toward the obtuse, he was and remains a rare, uncanny mix of professor, trickster and crackpot, guardian of the past and gatekeeper of the future.