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Muscle Shoals

...hat it’s a podunk town nowhere near New York or Los Angeles adds to the fascination. And then there’s the fact that most of its session players were white dudes backing pioneering African-... ...s” provides a sense of place greater than any GPS. The story gets unexpectedly muddy, too. It centers on FAME Studio operator Rick Hall, whose personal life reads like a Southern tragedy from Wi...

Bill W.

... Bill W. Where do we aim what we thirst for? billw.jpeg 104min. USA 2012 http://www.page124.com/ Arizona Republi... ...10 There's an unflashy clarity to the documentary "Bill W." that suits its subject. Willia... ...s toll, as first-time directors Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino show through rich archival material, interviews and dramatizations. Enactments can stop a documentary cold, but here they work perfectly, lending a period luster to the meticulously researched film, and complementing... ...e and the moralism of the temperance movement, drawing tenets from the evangelical Oxford Group. There are no naysayers among the interviewees. Historians and AA members, shot in modesty-protecting shadow, are here to praise (and thank) Wilson. Laudatory but never simplistic, "Bill W." is a thoroughly e... ...con within A.A. – and a man unable to be a member of the very society he had created. Through interviews, recreations, and rare archival material, Bill W. traces Wilson’s life through his ... ...k to complete. The filmmakers conducted research in dozens of archives and private collections, and interviewed A.A. members and historians in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Making a film abo... ...ple who knew Bill W. were still alive at the time this production began. At first, it seemed as if there would be very little visual material available for use in a film. But research and a healthy do...

Burn After Reading

...eaded characters, particularly those played by Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich. If there is a theme here, it's the pervasiveness of stupidity at all levels and in most professions. Even those entruste... ...lueless employees at Hardbodies Fitness Center who hope to turn their find into cash. “From there, the farce spins out of control. And along the way, whether the scenarios are pseudo-sinister o...

The English Teacher

...zealous devotion to her job precludes nearly everything else. She reads Jane Austen and swoons, but there';s no real-life romance in her life. An exacting person, Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) go...

Warren Miller's Flow State

... This fall, immerse yourself in the Flow State with Warren Miller Entertainment's 63rd film and experience the ultimate winter from a lens of absolute clarity. Wa... ...l ski and snowboard film will take you into the zone…the moment…the groove…the center…the Flow State. ~~ CONTEST ~~ Everyone who purchases a ticket for the Warren Miller fi... ...ays of skiing, and all taxes. One semi-finalist will be drawn at each Warren Miller screening to be entered into a grand prize draw. The odds of winning this contest are very good, as there are only a...

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

...  There';s nothing like a good story, and "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" has ... ...door. And they're not the worst. What shows up next is like something out of demented fiction. Enter "the Baroness," a neurotic Austrian woman of about 40, who arrives brandishing a pis...

At Any Price

...er, and he again shows a keen, compassionate understanding of complex character psychology, coaxing textured performances from a sturdy cast. Particularly impressive is Quaid, who goes beyond his usua... ...ely cheats on his tender, loyal wife. Henry’s sullen son Dean has zero interest in farming. A talented stock car racer, he dreams of making it to NASCAR, but an early setback brings a cold reali... ...ered, and the limited roles available to women in rural communities are examined with intelligence. There’s a pleasing old-fashioned quality to the film, which seems to hark back to a time when ...

Siddharth

... than $4 a day repairing zippers, which is barely enough to sustain himself, wife Suman (Tannishtha Chatterjee), young daughter Pinky (Khushi Mathur) and Siddharth. One month later, when Siddharth sho... ...ing a picture of their child may be hard to grasp, but it’s completely, tragically believable here, even if audiences don’t know that Mehta was inspired by a man he met going through this ... ...colleagues lend Mahendra money to travel to the factory his son had worked at before disappearing. There he’s told by Siddharth’s roommate that the boy didn’t run away — his things are still there, and he wasn’t unhappy — but rather must have been abducted (44,000 Indian children are reported missing each year). It’s suggested Siddharth is in Dongri, a nebulous locale where stolen kids are taken. With no idea how else to find his son in a nation where bureaucracy stymies action and a working-class man is ill equipped to work the system, Mahendra loads up on extra jobs to raise the necessary fare to Mumbai, and trains Suman in the family zipper-repair business so she can make a wage while he’s searching. Suppositions are turned upside down, and Mahendra and Suman are beautifully developed from their initial coolness into figures of complexity. Mehta captures the noise and dust of the cities without the taint of Western poverty tourism, and he wraps things up on absolutely the right note. Much of the film’s success lies in the excellent script and the superb performances from Tailang and Chatterjee (“Brick Lane”), who bring dignity to characters unschooled in coping with anything beyond their narrow world. They’re simple-minded in a non-pej...

American Mary

The rape and revenge subgenre has always been controversial, however when done well, it works to open up discussion of rape culture, and to reverse the gaze from survivor to rapist. American Mary offers a daring new take on rape and revenge and body horror cinema that does not limit its scope to sex and murder.

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