February 24, 2006 |
A refreshing shift from the red state-blue state paradigm that has marked most U.S. political documentaries since 2000, Marshall Curry's sharp-eyed, Oscar-nominated "Street Fight" maps the no-holds-barred battle between two African American Democrats for the mayoralty of Newark, N.J., in 2002. The election pitted Cory Booker, a 32-year-old former Stanford football player, Rhodes scholar and Yale law grad against four-term incumbent Sharpe James.
December 22, 2011
Five directors break down their shortlisted documentaries: " 'If a Tree Falls' is a cautionary tale for our times: What happens when people feel like the system isn't working or listening to them? What happens when nonviolent civil disobedience is met with police wielding pepper spray canisters? Some of the footage in the news last month looks like it could have been pulled from our film, and if the past is any indication, those kinds of actions radicalize people and push them out of the democratic process — and towards things like the Earth Liberation Front.
June 8, 2010
Capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Betsy Sharkey (B.S.) and other reviewers. Compiled by Anthony Miller. Openings FRIDAY The A-Team Former Special Forces soldiers attempt to clear their names after being set up for a crime they didn't commit. With Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson and Gerald McRaney. Screenplay by Skip Woods, Joe Carnahan and Brian Bloom.
January 25, 2012 |
It's a small, small world that's depicted in several Oscar nominees for best foreign and best documentary films — and getting even smaller and more inter-connected. The nominees in those two categories, from countries as disparate as Belgium and Iran, as well as Middle America, reflect what some say is an unusually international spirit to this year's nominees in many categories. "It's sort of a more global feeling here," said Wim Wenders, the German director, L.A. habitué and nominee for his pioneering 3-D documentary "Pina," about the late avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch, speaking by phone from Berlin.
June 29, 2012 |
This post has been updated, as indicated below. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 new members into the organization on Friday, including Octavia Spencer, Terrence Malick, Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Wiig, Kerry Washington, Will Packer, Wong Kar Wai and Michelle Yeoh. A Los Angeles Times study published earlier this year found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public and even more monolithic than many in the film industry may suspect.
February 2, 2007 |
At first glance, the savvy documentary "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?" appears to be about the underdog grass-roots campaign of an eager young adjunct professor from Washington University as he seeks to fill the shoes of Missouri Democrat Dick Gephardt in the House of Representatives.