Arab Blues

Please note: there’s no English subtitles or dialogue in the film! Farahani (seen at the Festival in 2016 in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson and who’s worked with greats like Asghar Farhadi) gives a powerful and compelling performance. She hits all the comic beats and deftly inhabits a character, who, above all, wants to do what’s… Read Arab Blues »

Support the Girls

Written and directed by “mumblecore” pioneer Andrew Bujalski, this bittersweet comedy-drama is structured as a vivid mosaic of scenes rather than a straight narrative through-arc. While the approach can feel episodic, like the central character Lisa, this is storytelling that has a warm and accepting embrace of its girls. And under the party… Read Support the Girls »

Queen & Slim

Season Gala 2020! In an era where people of color seem to be considered guilty until proven innocent, and the best outcome for them in an encounter with police is just plain surviving, “Queen & Slim” is nothing less than the radical reclaiming of a familiar narrative. Melina Matsoukas’ feature directorial debut not only reframes a… Read Queen & Slim »

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

Dress-along screening on Saturday March 28th! More information coming on the Events page. Dress -along screening is organized in cooperation with Hoochie Mama Jane vintage store. Phryne Fisher’s appeal – first on the page in the books by Kerry Greenwood and then in the TV series that was licenced to more than 120 countries – isn’t just her… Read Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears »

Promising Young Woman

Emerald Fennell’s raucous debut, Promising Young Woman, twists its buzzword-laden, spoiler-free synopsis – it’s a #MeToo rape revenge thriller with bite! – into something fresh and totally wild. Thank both Fennell’s wicked mind and star Carey Mulligan’s somehow even more wicked performance for that: cooked up by Fennell and dizzyingly… Read Promising Young Woman »

About Endlessness

Please note: there’s no English subtitles or dialogue in the film! You give Roy Andersson 76 minutes, and he’ll give you the universe. (…)The least funny and most tender movie that Andersson has made since building his own studio with the profits he’d saved from decades of enormously successful commercial work, About Endlessness… Read About Endlessness »

The Audition

Please note: there’s no English subtitles or dialogue in the film! Ina Weisse’s tightly wound portrait of a music teacher on the verge of nervous collapse serves up another note-perfect Nina Hoss solo. (…) As it is, Anna has more than enough issues for Hoss to work through in exquisitely painful detail, in what is easily her best… Read The Audition »

Honey Boy

It’s hard to recall any other film that does what this does, an actor laying himself bare like this, in terms of both the script and his own performance as his father — there are levels and levels and levels. With almost every role of his career, LaBeouf has seemed like he’s on fire. To some degree, this fascinating piece of work explains… Read Honey Boy »

Harriet

Biopics about Black women are rare, and Harriet doesn’t waste an opportunity to make a statement, positioning its titular subject as an intelligent, crafty, and vengeful superhero. There is no second-guessing or doubt in the version of Harriet Tubman presented by director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) and her cowriter, Gregory Allen Howard (Ali)… Read Harriet »

Greener Grass

“Franz Kafka meets Serial Mom meets Edward Scissorhands somewhere on the edge of whatever alternative universe The Lobster was set” could be one clumsy way to describe Greener Grass, a frequently funny black comedy feature debut from the writing-directing team of Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, both Upright Citizens Brigade alumni… Read Greener Grass »