"The Second Mother" is a satisfying contradiction. It's a soap opera with a social conscience that casually mixes dramatic elements about serious class issues with a crowd-pleasing audience picture sensibility.
"Forbidden Games" may be one of the acknowledged classics of post-war French cinema, the winner of both the Golden Lion at Venice and the 1952 Oscar for foreign language film, but it is also a difficult motion picture to put in a box.
"Rosenwald" used to be a name to conjure with, but no more, and that is a shame this vivid, engaging documentary attempts to do something about.
In the old days of repertory cinema, films would sometimes be linked by a common word: Robert Aldrich’s “The Big Knife,” for instance, might be on a double bill with Roman Polanski’s “Knife in the Water.” In that spirit, I want to highlight two fine films linked only by the word “Night” — and the...
Documentarian Hubert Sauper goes where other people don't go, sees what the crowd doesn't see, and creates unsettling, provocative political documentaries that are unlike anyone else's. His latest trip to Africa (following the Oscar-nominated "Darwin's Nightmare") is so audacious that the Sundance...
On a warm afternoon in early June, when a sane person would have headed for the beach or at least the backyard, I discovered that a collection of Shirley Temple's toys, dolls, costumes and childhood memorabilia was on display in the Santa Monica History Museum and I went to see it.
Filmmaker Hubert Sauper goes where other people don't go, sees what the crowd doesn't see and creates unsettling, provocative political documentaries that are unlike anyone else's.
If you are searching for an antidote to the swarm of studio behemoths that dominate the summer movie calendar, relief is at hand. Small, smart and inescapably independent, "People Places Things" has its own offbeat and charmingly low-key way of seeing the world.