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HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

“I’ve believed that straying from structured acts of seeing can produce the strongest connection with an audience.” — RaMell Ross HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING—a lyrical, experimental documentation of lives in a small Alabama community, directed by RaMell Ross—will screen this week at the Downtown Independent. Following the film, Ross and Jheanelle Brown, co-curator of […]

SUSANNE BARTSCH ON TOP

“Bartsch picked up where Warhol left off.” — RuPaul History is made at night. In her capacity as party-throwing club-kid den mother and AIDS fundraiser par excellence, Susanne Bartsch provided a sanctuary of free expression for those pushed to society’s margins while engaging in what Ingrid Sischy called “the most serious political action of our […]

SOLLERS POINT

McCaul Lombardi—like his co-star Sasha Lane—grabbed the attention of casting directors and fashion houses after his riveting turn in the 2016 Andrea Arnold film American Honey. For SOLLERS POINT—a new independent film written and directed by Matt Porterfield, from a story co-written by Amy Belk and Porterfield—Lombardi returns to his hometown of Baltimore. “The wonder of […]

CLAIRE DENIS’ SUNSHINE

UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR / LET THE SUNSHINE IN—the brilliant new film from Claire Denis that is not, contrary to reports, based on Barthes’ Fragments d’un discours amoureux—has been held over until June 21. LET THE SUNSHINE IN, June 15 through June 21. LAEMMLE MONICA FILM CENTER, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica. Through June 14: LAEMMLE […]

CHOREOGRAPHING BERGMAN

The documentary INGMAR BERGMAN THROUGH THE CHOREOGRAPHER’S EYE (2016, directed by Fredrik Stattin) will screen this weekend as part of the 17th annual Dance Camera West Film Festival. Choreographers Alexander Ekman, Pär Isberg, Pontus Lidberg, and Joakim Stephenson—joined by Royal Swedish Ballet principals—interpret, in four performances, Bergman’s ideas on movement, music, and human relationships.   INGMAR […]

GOLDEN EXITS

“Love, jealousy, deficiency… no destination, and no hope for a clean getaway.”— Sam (Lily Rabe), on family life, in GOLDEN EXITS The “golden exits” in Alex Ross Perry’s remarkable new film are the hoped-for high notes of departure members of a middle-class, middle-aged Brooklyn circle never quite manage to make. It would be nice to […]

DEE REES’ MUDBOUND

Dee Rees’ finely crafted third feature MUDBOUND—the Opening Night selection at this year’s AFI Fest—illustrates the perils of the too-faithful adaptation. In a series of sketches of post-Second World War life in the Mississippi delta—based on the source novel by Hillary Jordan—a group of very compelling characters is left stranded, perhaps casualties of the demands […]