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With “The Brink,” Stephen K. Bannon, death star of the alt-right movement, gets his day in the sun

Directed by Alison Klayman

By the end of Alison Klayman’s Stephen K. Bannon documentary “The Brink” even the most liberal viewer may find themselves rooting for the alt-right agitprop mastermind. In “The Brink,” which opens Friday, Klayman presents a cinema vérité year in the life of Bannon, from the time of his firing from the Trump White House and culminating in the 2018 midterm elections, which saw the Democrats ... more >

Benoît Jacquot’s “Dernier Amour,” yawn

Vincent Lindon and Stacy Martin
Directed by Benoit Jacquot

If there have been more boring recent films than Benoît Jacquot’s “Last Love,” ("Dernier Amour" in the French original) none readily comes to mind. Though one must admit that it’s a feat in itself to have such rich material to deal with and to turn it into a yawn-inducing couple of hours. The last fling of the maestro of love himself, Giacomo Casanova, (and, if the script based on the Venetian ... more >

“Diane,” or when you come to grips with your present and the past gives you a jolt of bitterness

Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy and Estelle Parsons
Directed by Kent Jones

For Diane (Mary Kay Place), a kind of selfless stoic, everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and trying courageously to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son (Jake Lacy) from himself. But beneath her unending routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is struggling with her own ... more >

HOTEL MUMBAI, walking back uneasy to the scene of the crime

Armie Hammer, Dev Patel and Nazanin Boniadi
Directed by Anthony Maras

“Hotel Mumbai” is based on real events that took place in November 2008, when ten members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani Islamic terrorist organization, carried out an insanely-bold series of attacks on Mumbai, starting from the rail station and making their way to the Taj hotel where a number of guests were staying, including American ones. A thriller directed by Anthony Maras and co-written ... more >

ICEMAN (“Der Mann aus dem Eis”)

Jürgen Vogel, André Hennicke and Susanne Wuest
Directed by Felix Randau

When the perfectly-preserved body of a Stone Age man was found in the Ötztal Alps in 1991, it became a world sensation. "Ötzi" (renamed Kelab) was so well-preserved, in fact, that one could draw several different conclusions about his life and his violent passing. These hypotheses now make up the template of this new Felix Randau-directed film, and result in a gripping drama starring Jürgen Vogel ... more >

“ASH IS THE PUREST WHITE,” Zhangke Jia’s sweeping melodrama in four parts, is a must-watch!

Tao Zhao and Fan Liao
Directed by Zhangke Jia

Qiao (played by Tao Zhao) a gangster’s girlfriend in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi, dreams of an immutable kind of love, the one that defies and lasts. Her and her boyfriend seem on the periphery of society, like dark angels, hovering nearby. She bides her time, even though she doesn’t embrace the lifestyle fully, and, after a violent incident involving him (Bin, played by Fan Liao), ... more >

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When we walked on the moon. Talking to “Apollo 11” director Todd Douglas Miller

Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins
Produced and directed by Todd Douglas Miller

A half-century ago this summer two men stepped foot on the moon, the first time in our species’s history that human footprints were made on an object beyond Earth. Commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary are planned throughout 2019, and kicking off that great milestone is the new film “Apollo 11,” which begins its one-week IMAX run Friday before moving into general release March ... more >