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Adapted from a story by David Bezmozgis set in Brighton Beach in the 1980s, Minyan follows David, a young Russian Jewish man, as he comes to terms with his homosexuality. David is strongly attached to his family, his background, and his faith. His closest confidante is his recently widowed grandfather, Josef (Ron Rifkin). David wants to move in with him to help him grieve, and while securing an apartment for them, he gets to know an elderly male couple who…

In the Freedom Summer of 1964, hundreds of young people—including James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner—were drawn to the Deep South to take part in the Civil Rights Movement. At the same time, two groups of young men (one led by Dick Waterman, the great champion of the Blues, and the other by guitarist John Fahey) made the same trip in search of Blues legends Skip James and Son House. That these two quests ended in the volatile state…

This documentary re-examines the story of the Red Orchestra: the most important resistance network in Nazi Germany, whose operations extended from Berlin and Brussels to Paris. The leading figures of the group included Leopold Trepper and Harro Schulze-Boysen, who gathered military secrets to share with the Soviets. In 1942, Hitler’s henchmen were able to track down most of the group by picking up radio transmissions. The legacy of this extraordinary tale has long been compromised by contrasting viewpoints and politically…

Composed of rare archival footage of Sammy Davis, Jr.’s filmed performances as well as interviews with Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Lewis, Billy Crystal, and more, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me surveys the storied life of the multi-hyphenate entertainer and the political complexities that defined his 50-year career. Sam Pollard’s affectionate portrait captures Davis’s struggles with his identity throughout the shifting tides of civil rights and racial equality in the 20th century, from the Great Depression up to Davis’s death in 1990.

Now playing in our Virtual Cinema until 1/22 as part of our Tribute to Sam Pollard.

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***this is a review of the DIRECTOR'S CUT of Midsommar, and a detailed breakdown of the new footage after the jump***

On July 3, Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” was released on 2,700 screens across the United States. The twisted modern fairy tale —an epic fable that starts with a bleak murder-suicide, and ends with a somewhat brighter one almost 147 minutes later — was an extraordinary ask for a multiplex audience, and Aster knew full well how fortunate he was that…

How refreshing. Denis’s dense and fully fleshed-out conversations, confrontations and intimate moments are such a joy to watch and stick with you. She’s always good.

Zama

Zama

★★★★½

Colonialism Roleplay ASMR - Must Watch Till End!

the first word we hear in ZAMA is "voyeur," an accusation laid against the title character by a group of women he watches bathe on the beach. zama flees as a woman pursues him, only to turn around and strike her down. it is this inciting incident that frames the rest of the film and its perspective on colonialism: not as violence against women persay, but as voyeurism. the indigenous population and…

Zama

Zama

★★★★½

Colonialism as a closed loop. The faces of the generals and the enemies change but the names seem to stay the same, all the while the once proud official slowly deteriorates, his clothes rotting and his mind melting. Martel's rapturous compositions manage to feel cramped even at their most expansive, using intersecting planar blocking to add to the general sense of confusion, of not knowing where to look or what to do. The last third, which leaps ludicrously far away from the preceding material, somehow sharpens the entire feature, bringing its nightmarish logic into crystalline focus.