Arts Review <em>Trumbo</em> and the history of the Hollywood blacklist Jay Roach’s film about the anti-communist Hollywood witch-hunt, though politically limited and marred by the conventions of the biopic genre, deserves to be widely seen. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-30T05:00:00Z Sarah Gavron’s <em>Suffragette</em>: What do Mrs. Pankhurst and an East End laundress have in common? British filmmaker Sarah Gavron’s <em>Suffragette</em> is a fictionalized account of the women’s voting rights movement in Britain in the pre-World War I period. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-28T05:00:00Z <em>Iraqi Odyssey</em> opens in the US This elegantly composed documentary attempts to interweave the complex saga of the director’s own family with the larger history of Iraq over the past half-century or more. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-27T05:00:00Z <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2</em>: Worn seriously thin by now The new film treats the climax of the struggle in Panem between the rebels, morally led by Katniss Everdeen, and the forces of the Capitol, presided over by the tyrannical President Coriolanus Snow. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-26T05:00:00Z Red Pill’s <em>Look What This World Did To Us</em>: The “everyman mentality,” its strengths and weaknesses <em>Look What This World Did To Us</em> (April 2015, Mello Music Group) is the third full-length studio album from Detroit-area rapper/producer Red Pill (born Chris Orrick, 1987). Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-20T05:00:00Z The Holocaust as Via Dolorosa: The mysticism of Piotr Chrzan’s <em>Klezmer</em> Piotr Chrzan’s directorial debut deals with the subject of the organized search for the Jews, or the Judenjagd, in Nazi-Occupied Poland. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-19T05:00:00Z New Orleans songwriter, musician Allen Toussaint dead at 77 On tour at the time of his death, Toussaint suffered a heart attack following a performance at the Teatro Lara in Madrid, Spain. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-12T05:00:00Z <em>Our Brand is Crisis</em>: US political consultants at their dirty work in Bolivia Based on a documentary, the new David Gordon Green movie, <em>Our Brand is Crisis</em>, is a comedy-drama about the activities of American political operatives in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Mon, 09 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-09T05:00:00Z Beethoven’s <em>Fidelio</em> distorted beyond recognition at 2015 Salzburg Festival The opera was written in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and expressed the composer’s devotion to the ideals of the Enlightenment. Sat, 07 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-07T05:00:00Z “Foul deeds will rise…”: <em>Hamlet</em>, in a world on the brink The weight of our time is felt, even if unevenly, in the overall mood of the recent production of <em>Hamlet</em> with Benedict Cumberbatch. Thu, 05 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-05T05:00:00Z The impact of the refugee crisis: <em>Lampedusa</em> by Anders Lustgarten at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre Lustgarten’s play attempts to convey the lives and plight of ordinary people and avoids the self-absorption of many artists. Thu, 05 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-05T05:00:00Z <em>Truth</em>: The victimization of CBS’s Dan Rather and Mary Mapes The film at least partly reveals the role of the media as a virtual propaganda arm of the military and the CIA. Wed, 04 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-04T05:00:00Z <em>Steve Jobs</em> fails to transcend conventional mythologizing Based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, the film presents its title character as a clairvoyant and brilliant business leader with significant character flaws. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-02T05:00:00Z F.W. Murnau’s classic, groundbreaking Nosferatu in US theaters … Several movie theaters in the US are currently screening F.W. Murnau’s classic silent film, <em>Nosferatu</em> (1922). We also look briefly at <em>Rock the Kasbah</em> and <em>Beasts of No Nation</em>. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-30T05:00:00Z Seventeenth-century Dutch paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston The exhibition is not huge, but its 75 paintings from 40 institutions in the US, Canada and Europe, a third of which have not been seen in the US before, were thoughtfully chosen. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-29T05:00:00Z <em>Coming Home</em>: A small, sincere film about big, complex times In the late 1970s, after two decades in a remote “rehabilitation camp,” a Chinese political prisoner returns to his long-suffering wife, who does not recognize him. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-20T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage speaks with the World Socialist Web Site Vithanage discusses <em>With You, Without You</em> and the political difficulties facing contemporary Sri Lankan filmmakers. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-13T05:00:00Z <em>Black Mass</em>: The story of Whitey Bulger, gangster and FBI informant Despite exhibiting a healthy cynicism toward the authorities, the film fails to give a satisfying picture of Boston’s underworld, or the city’s social relations, in the 1970s and 1980s. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-10T05:00:00Z <em>The Martian</em>: A modern Robinson Crusoe One member of a manned mission to Mars is presumed dead and left behind on the desolate planet. Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-07T05:00:00Z <em>Time Out of Mind</em>: Richard Gere as a homeless man in New York City Some of the more authentic moments in the film come in the form of George Hammond’s difficulties with government bureaucracies and homeless shelter officials. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-05T05:00:00Z <em>I Saw the Light</em> (Hank Williams) and <em>Janis: Little Girl Blue</em> (Janis Joplin)—Popular music and its discontents Country music performer Hank Williams (1923-1953) and rock and roll singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970) were both significant figures in the history of American popular culture. Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-10-03T05:00:00Z Re-released after 40 years: The strengths and weaknesses of Robert Altman’s Nashville The nearly three-hour work follows two dozen characters over the course of several days in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, the official capital of country music. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-30T05:00:00Z The physical and emotional toll that capitalist society takes The 40th Toronto International Film Festival screened some 285 feature films and 110 shorts from 71 countries. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-26T05:00:00Z <em>99 Homes’</em> director Ramin Bahrani: “The villain is the system” Iranian-American writer-director Ramin Bahrani (<em>Man Push Cart</em>, 2005; <em>Chop Shop</em>, 2007; <em>Goodbye Solo</em>, 2008) has created a compelling work that puts flesh and blood on the foreclosure epidemic. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-24T05:00:00Z Diego Rivera murals in San Francisco—Mostly hidden and obscured The American public’s access to Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s murals has never been easy, as their social and political content has provoked opposition in powerful circles. Now, an artist joins the effort, with little to offer in return. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-14T05:00:00Z Shirley Baker: A compassionate photographer of 1960s working class life The show is an opportunity to see the compassionate and humorous photographs of working class life by someone whose work rarely reached a wider audience during her own lifetime. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-12T05:00:00Z Noah Baumbach’s <em>Mistress America</em> offers some hints of humanity A young student in New York City, an aspiring writer, meets her energetic, difficult stepsister-to-be. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-10T05:00:00Z <em>Woman</em>: The confessions of R&amp;B singer Jill Scott The latest album from the neo-soul singer is an interesting but uneven effort. Wed, 09 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-09T05:00:00Z Jacques Tourneur’s <em>Out of the Past</em> (1947): The weight of history Tourneur’s film, adapted from <em>Build My Gallows High</em>, a novel by American writer Daniel Mainwaring published in 1946, has one of the most suggestive titles in cinema history. Sat, 05 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-05T05:00:00Z <em>Phoenix</em>: After WWII in Germany, a woman rises from the ashes Set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, a Jewish concentration camp survivor, Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss), is grossly disfigured and traumatized. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-03T05:00:00Z Young Euro Classic: A music festival in Berlin opposing war and nationalism The annual Young Euro Classic youth orchestra festival recently concluded with a memorable performance in the Berlin Concert Hall. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-31T05:00:00Z David G. Spielman’s <em>The Katrina Decade</em>—An unsentimental look at how things are now Spielman is not given to the current fetish for “Ruins Photography.” There is no romanticism in these pages. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Jonathan Demme’s <em>Ricki and the Flash</em> and <em>American Ultra</em>: Tired or clueless filmmaking Jonathan Demme’s film deals with a woman who left her husband and children decades ago, and now returns for a family crisis. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-27T05:00:00Z Dismaland, Banksy’s parody theme park: A despairing response to a complex world Coming through the main gates into Dismaland, the spectator is confronted with a vision of a world that is terribly sick. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-26T05:00:00Z <em>Straight Outta Compton</em>: an uncritical picture of the rise of American “gangster rap” <em>Straight Outta Compton</em> is a hip hop biopic focusing on the rise to prominence of the influential hip hop group N.W.A. in the late 1980s. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-25T05:00:00Z Xavier Dolan’s <em>Mommy</em>: The story of a troubled youth The fifth feature film by Quebecois director Xavier Dolan, only 25 years of age, won numerous awards in 2014 and 2015. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-22T05:00:00Z <em>The Good Fight</em>: the latest from Washington DC-based hip hop artist Oddisee While avoiding many of the more overt expressions of self-absorption, many of the Oddisee’s attempts to reflect reality remain purely on an individual and superficial plane. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-21T05:00:00Z Woody Allen’s <em>Irrational Man</em>: The familiar flatness and lack of conviction Allen’s latest film focuses on controversial philosophy professor Abe Lucas who arrives at fictional, liberal arts Braylin College in Newport, Rhode Island to teach a summer course. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-14T05:00:00Z <em>Amy</em>, a documentary film about the British singer Amy Winehouse Asif Kapadia’s documentary is a straightforward and compelling account of the performer’s life starting at the age of fourteen. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-12T05:00:00Z Harper Lee’s <em>Go Set a Watchman</em>: More of a moneymaking than a literary event? Harper Lee’s early draft of a novel, <em>Go Set a Watchman</em>, has sold over a million copies in the United States since its release two weeks ago. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-03T05:00:00Z <em>Trainwreck</em>: The latest from Judd Apatow In Apatow’s <em>Trainwreck</em>, Amy Schumer, the stand-up comic and writer, is the psychological mess of the title. Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-01T05:00:00Z Billy Wilder’s <em>Double Indemnity</em> (1944) and the phenomenon of American film noir Turner Classic Movies, the US cable and satellite television network, presented Billy Wilder’s <em>Double Indemnity</em> (1944) at selected theaters on July 19 and 20. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-28T05:00:00Z R.W. Fassbinder at 70: the German filmmaker’s life on display in Berlin An exhibition at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau pays tribute to German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the seventieth anniversary of his birth. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-23T05:00:00Z Artist Shepard Fairey arrested on felony charges for Detroit graffiti Fairey was arrested less than two months after completing a mural in Detroit, commissioned by billionaire Dan Gilbert. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-20T05:00:00Z USA Network’s <em>Mr. Robot</em>: A provocative start, but where will it go? Making a direct appeal to debt-ridden youth and branding itself as “anti-corporate,” <em>Mr. Robot</em> raises many issues. But how does it deal with them? Fri, 17 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-17T05:00:00Z Mary Ellen Mark: Photographer and humanist Acclaimed American photographer Mary Ellen Mark recently died, leaving behind an extensive and thought-provoking body of work. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-16T05:00:00Z <em>Manglehorn</em> and <em>The Cobbler</em>: The influence of social-gravitational forces The two films, <em>Manglehorn</em>, directed by David Gordon Green, and <em>The Cobbler</em>, directed by Tom McCarthy, both fall into the independent drama, or comedy-drama category. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-13T05:00:00Z Netflix’s <em>Orange Is the New Black</em>, Season 3: Life goes on in a women’s prison In the third season of the series about a fictional woman’s correctional facility, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, privatization comes to Litchfield prison. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-11T05:00:00Z <em>Terminator Genisys</em> and the trajectory of American “independent” filmmaking A number of the independent filmmakers of the 1990s and early 2000s have found their way, like Alan Taylor, to one or another blockbuster franchise. Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-08T05:00:00Z NBC’s <em>American Odyssey</em>: Mercenaries, jihadists and Machiavellian US corporations <em>American Odyssey</em>, cancelled after the first season, exhibited some good intentions, but ultimately familiar confusion. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-06T05:00:00Z <em>Silicon Valley</em>: HBO’s satire of American tech culture Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, the series follows the ups and downs of six young men who live together in a Silicon Valley “business startup incubator.” Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-04T05:00:00Z <em>The Wolfpack</em>, <em>Dope</em>: American experiences, oddities <em>The Wolfpack</em> is a documentary about seven children who were locked away for many years in an apartment in a public housing project in Manhattan. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-03T05:00:00Z <em>Voodoo</em>, a Harlem Renaissance opera, revived in New York H. Lawrence Freeman (1869-1954) was active as a composer, conductor and teacher, but his work was rarely performed during his lifetime. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-02T05:00:00Z The Apu Trilogy: “Art wedded to truth must, in the end, have its rewards” Indian director Satyajit Ray’s cinematic masterwork, The Apu Trilogy has been meticulously restored by Janus Films and is currently screening in North American cinemas. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-29T05:00:00Z <em>Redeployment</em>: Phil Klay’s short stories about the Iraq War only go so far The new collection makes certain telling observations about the experiences of American Marines and others who invaded and occupied Iraq. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-25T05:00:00Z Julie Taymor’s <em>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</em> The film was made during a run of Taymor’s version of Shakespeare’s play at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn in 2013-14. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-24T05:00:00Z <em>Jurassic World</em>, summer blockbuster Though largely formulaic, the film is not without its charms and touches on some interesting questions—albeit lightly. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-23T05:00:00Z <em>La loi du marché</em> (<em>The Measure of a Man</em>): An attempt at a drama of the French working class Fifty-one-year-old Thierry, who has lost his job in a factory closure, urgently tries to find work since his unemployment benefit will soon run out. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-20T05:00:00Z Noah Baumbach’s <em>While We’re Young</em>: No need to fight Riddled with generational stereotypes, <em>While We’re Young</em> pleads the case against intellectual honesty in favor of “personal fulfillment.” Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-17T05:00:00Z Orson Welles symposium at University of Michigan The University of Michigan’s library is the home of the largest assortment of Orson Welles archival papers and documents in the world. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-13T05:00:00Z A new film version of <em>Far from the Madding Crowd</em>; Brian Wilson’s story in <em>Love &amp; Mercy</em> Set in rural England in the 1870s, <em>Far from the Madding Crowd</em> is the story of a free-spirited young woman who attracts three suitors of diverse social and psychological make-up. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-12T05:00:00Z Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series depicts a vital chapter in American history The latest show juxtaposes the famous 1941 paintings with photography, writing, music and other work of this period. Mon, 08 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-08T05:00:00Z Painter Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum: Trappings of empire and power Wiley copies European Old Masters paintings, substituting African Americans in contemporary garb in the poses of aristocrats and other wealthy figures of power and privilege. Sat, 06 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-06T05:00:00Z 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles—Part 2 May 6 marked 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, one of the most remarkable figures in American film and theater in the twentieth century. This is the second part of two. Fri, 05 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-05T05:00:00Z Street artist Shepard Fairey paints a giant mural in Detroit The garish work adorns the north face of the One Campus Martius office building, headquarters of Quicken Loans, the financial company chaired by billionaire Dan Gilbert. Wed, 03 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-03T05:00:00Z <em>To Pimp a Butterfly</em> from rapper Kendrick Lamar Despite the album’s billing as socially ­conscious “political rap” by certain critics, the focus of <em>To Pimp ...</em> is largely on the rapper himself and his personal experiences in the music world. Mon, 01 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-01T05:00:00Z The <em>Divergent</em> Series: <em>Insurgent</em>—More talent and resources squandered Any attempt at building a thoughtful story has been abandoned in favor of a special effects bonanza, leaving one to ask: Where is this heading? Sat, 30 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-30T05:00:00Z Alex Garland’s <em>Ex Machina</em>: Will artificial intelligence replace human efforts? <em>Ex Machina</em> is an elegant and thought-provoking science fiction thriller that considers the future of humanity in relation to the rapid developments in computer science technology. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Is it a dangerous precedent?: Detroit Institute of Arts tests out art market with van Gogh The news that the DIA had been considering earlier this year selling an 1886 still life by Vincent van Gogh produced headlines and generated concern last week. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z Christie’s $1 billion week: Art market heads for the stratosphere Artwork, particularly 20th century and contemporary art, now functions as another commodity for the financial aristocracy to invest and speculate in. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z CIA-embedded Hollywood liars and their lies We now know, thanks to Seymour Hersh and his article in the <em>London Review of Books</em>, that, along with everything else, the Bigelow-Boal film was a pack of lies from beginning to end. Fri, 15 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-15T05:00:00Z <em>‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore</em>: Playwright John Ford’s lurid classic receives Off-Broadway revival Written around 1630, the play, set in Parma, Italy, has an incestuous relationship at its center. Thu, 14 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-14T05:00:00Z Drone warfare in <em>Good Kill</em> New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Niccol has taken on the subject of drone warfare in <em>Good Kill</em>, featuring Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoë Kravitz and January Jones. Wed, 13 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-13T05:00:00Z Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Art Gallery of Ontario: Graffiti, fame and the art market Rapacious art speculators in the 1980s took a particular interest in Basquiat, who was well suited and, sadly, willing to play the part of the latest darling of the art world elite. Fri, 08 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-08T05:00:00Z Co-director Wim Wenders’ <em>The Salt of the Earth</em>: The photographs of Sebastião Salgado Salgado is perhaps best known for his photos of people in impoverished regions and his pictures taken amid various social disasters, especially in Ethiopia and Rwanda. Wed, 06 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-06T05:00:00Z <em>Woman in Gold</em>: The battle to recover art stolen by the Nazis The film is a fictional rendering of the successful legal efforts, undertaken by Maria Altmann, to regain possession of several Gustav Klimt paintings stolen or coerced from her family. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-29T05:00:00Z An appraisal of German writer Günter Grass: 1927-2015 Günter Grass, who died at the age of 87 on April 13, was one of Germany’s most outstanding storytellers and a man who remained true to his political principles throughout his life. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-25T05:00:00Z In defense of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes Along with much fascinating material, the current exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts on the 11 months the famed Mexican artists spent in the city has some very troubling and wrongheaded aspects. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-21T05:00:00Z World famous German author Günter Grass dies at age 87 Grass was one of the most important German writers of the 20th century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-14T05:00:00Z <em>The Good Soldier Švejk</em>: A classic satire about World War I Josef Švejk is a Czech soldier who makes himself appear a fool to get around his superiors and fights a peculiar and hilarious war of attrition against the difficult circumstances he finds himself in. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-14T05:00:00Z <em>Cymbeline</em>: Michael Almereyda returns to Shakespeare Michael Almereyda, who previously directed a version of Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke, has turned to one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, with intelligent results. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-11T05:00:00Z Rolling Stone’s retraction of University of Virginia gang rape story <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine commissioned Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, and two colleagues, to investigate the writing and publication of “A Rape on Campus.” Tue, 07 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-07T05:00:00Z A revealing forum on “Politics and film criticism” at Mexican film festival WSWS arts editor David Walsh participated in a panel at the FICUNAM film festival on “Politics and Film Criticism,” hosted by film critic Roger Koza and including Cristina Nord, from <em>Die Tageszeitung</em> in Germany. Mon, 06 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-06T05:00:00Z New York exhibition looks at “political art” of the 1930s The Grey Art Gallery show presents the work of dozens of American artists who were radicalized in the period of the Depression, revolutionary struggle, the rise of fascism and the looming threat of world war. Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-03T05:00:00Z Exhibition in Berlin: Rediscovery of a Russian revolutionary art school “VKhUTEMAS: A Russian Laboratory of Modernity—Architectural Designs 1920-1930,” at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, December 5, 2014 to April 6, 2015. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-31T05:00:00Z Tackling life head on: The films of Uzbek-Soviet director Ali Khamraev One of the genuine contributions of the recent FICUNAM film festival in Mexico City was its presentation of the works of veteran film director Ali Khamraev. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-28T05:00:00Z <em>I Remember You</em>: A comment on the history of his film by director Ali Khamraev Filmmaker Ali Khamraev explains the difficulties surrounding the making of his remarkable film <em>I Remember You</em> in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-28T05:00:00Z Pedro Costa’s <em>Horse Money</em>, Jean-Marie Straub’s “leftism” and other problems The recent FICUNAM festival in Mexico City screened a number of films which, while not belonging to a single school by any means, provide the opportunity for something of a generalized overview. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-25T05:00:00Z Philistinism and crime in the German art market The greed and ignorance of the super-rich and the operations of unprincipled entrepreneurs are threatening public access to many art works. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-23T05:00:00Z <em>Chappie</em>: Is the sum greater than the parts? Neill Blomkamp’s latest release presents an oddly sweet, if rather violent, tale, but something is missing. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-21T05:00:00Z The rule and the exceptions—three good films: <em>Court</em>, <em>National Gallery</em> and <em>The Gold Bug</em> There are filmmakers who devote themselves seriously and conscientiously to representing life, not life in the abstract, not “life as a river,” but concrete life, the life of social classes and relationships. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-20T05:00:00Z <em>Images of War—Sensory War 1914-2014</em>: An exhibition at Manchester City Art Gallery The gallery assembled both contemporary and historical art, adding to its already substantial collection of WWI art exhibits. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-06T05:00:00Z Two stories of German resistance: <em>The Resistors “their spirit prevails ...”</em> and <em>13 Minutes</em> One film makes only a partial examination of Hitler’s middle class opponents, while the other makes a more significant look at the opposition from below. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-03T05:00:00Z <em>House of Cards</em> collapses In its third season, the Netflix program that began as the American <em>Macbeth</em> has turned into a conformist celebration of the political establishment. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Ken Loach’s <em>Jimmy’s Hall</em>: An honest artistic effort, or something else? What may be the British director’s final feature is a historical drama based on the life of James Gralton, deported in 1933 from Ireland for his communist activities by the nationalists he supported. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z <em>Every Thing Will Be Fine</em> from Wim Wenders, <em>Taxi</em> from Jafar Panahi, and other films New films from veteran German director Wim Wenders and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi were screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Haiti and Romania: Drama and social life in <em>Murder in Pacot</em> and <em>Why me?</em> Raoul Peck’s film focuses on a middle class couple whose home in Port-au-Prince has been ruined by the 2011 earthquake. Tudor Giurgiu’s feature looks at all-pervasive corruption in Romania. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z 87th Academy Awards: A more intriguing event than in recent years Social and political realities found expression on Sunday in a manner that accords with the film world’s peculiarities and contradictions. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z <em>Still Alice</em> and <em>Kingsman: The Secret Service</em>—A woman battles disease and a street kid helps save the world … In <em>Still Alice</em>, a middle class professor and her family struggle with Alzheimer’s, and in the comic book-based <em>Kingsman: The Secret Service</em>, a working class youth is recruited by an elite spy agency. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z