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A Trio of Documentaries Treating: Soviet History, Sustainable Agriculture, and the...

Meeting Gorbachev German director Werner Herzog is a polymath filmmaker, having divided his career (since 1962) between fictional narratives and documentaries. In “Meeting Gorbachev,” (co-directed...

A Take on British Espionage and A Vivid Examination of Our...

Red Joan Comes another British spy film “inspired by a true story,” but adapted from a novel. “Red Joan” describes how a young woman physician...

Two Animals Evoked in New Movies: A Hummingbird and a Horse

‘The Hummingbird Project’ Trenchant movies about business are rare. More frequently, movies feature familiar stereotypes of the crass industrialist or the corporate giant. This seems...

Three European Winners: A German Artist’s Bio, A Spanish Whodunnit, and...

Never Look Away German Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) may not be a household name in the US, but he is renowned internationally as a visual...

A Transcendental Documentary

They Shall Not Grow Old Digital technology can do both wonderful and nefarious things, but the new World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow...

End-of-Year Movies: A Political Parody and a Harlem Heartbreaker

Vice Adam McKay is a smart comedy writer and director who, in 2015, left his comfort zone to adapt the Michael Lewis bestseller “The...

Period Pieces Relevant for Our Times

The Front Runner More than 30 years ago, the Democratic Party had a show horse, a 41-year-old senator, both serious and studly, to challenge the...

Two Versions of Misspent Lives

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy, proud portrayer of the loudmouth and practitioner of the pratfall, takes an intriguing new tack in “Can You...

Emma Thompson Shines in a New Drama and Science Geeks Shine...

The Children Act Recently I reviewed a movie adaptation of “On Chesil Beach,” a tale by prominent English writer Ian McEwan. McEwan has been cinematically...

Second Look: An Annual Review of Films That Got Away

Once again, my September column takes a look back at films of the past year (2017) that were little noticed when first released. This...