Just the facts
Seeing James Franco and Jonah Hill's names attached to a film
typically means you're sitting down for a viewing of the latest stoner bromance
from the Apatow troupe of comedy, so it's probably a bit surprising that their
latest, "True Story," is actually an earnest drama exploring the murky, elastic
nature of journalistic truthiness. Knowing that, it might surprise you even
more to learn that their performances are not the problem in writer-director
Rupert Goold's intriguing but curiously lifeless morality play, which floats
some interesting ideas but ultimately doesn't do much with them.
to have to say this, but late-career Al Pacino is sort of cheesy and mildly
creepy. I guess I'd pinpoint the evolution as beginning two decades ago with
his Oscar-winning role in "Scent of a Woman," which he seemed to take as a
mandate to overact forthwith.
may not know her name, but anyone with even a passing interest in art has seen
her face. Viennese socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer was a friend of painter Gustav
Klimt, and in 1907 he introduced oil and gold to canvas in "Portrait of Adele
Bloch-Bauer," an image that would go on to grace coffee cups and magnets the
The kids aren't alright
It's always been the prerogative of older generations to look
upon the younger with a mix of disdain, apprehension, and occasional horror. As
impossible as it is to pinpoint the exact moment when one transitions into the
other, the growing sense of a younger generation nipping at your heels is an
inevitable part of getting older.
One last job
tricks, Vin Diesel? I hope you're not tired of my letters.
her lyrically non-linear documentary "A Thin Wall," local filmmaker Mara Ahmed
focuses on the lingering effects of the partitioning of India in 1947. Filmed
on each side of the border -- in both India and Pakistan -- the deeply personal
production allows Ahmed and co-producer SurbhiDewan to examine their individual histories, assembling the
recollections of family members and close friends, along with on-the-street
conversations with citizens of both countries.
Off the beaten path
you've found that even the independent film scene has gotten a little too mainstream
for you, the Little Theatre has your back. In the first edition of what will
hopefully become an annual event, The Little Underground Film Series will
present a two-day program of eclectic and under-the-radar films "celebrating
visionaries, agitators, and revolutionaries in the art of filmmaking."
Mad for trees
that we're firmly entrenched in the 24-7 information age, ubiquity can often be
a byproduct of a successful acting career. Keeping that gravy train on track
requires work, and since her Oscar-nominated breakthrough in 2010's "Winter's Bone," Jennifer Lawrence has appeared in about a
Closing out The Little Theatre's Women's History Month film
series, "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights" examines the crucial
role of African-American women in the fight for civil rights. Director Nevline Nnaji uses archival
footage and interviews with many of the activists, sitting down with female
former members of groups like Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to the
Black Panthers, letting the women speak about the sexism they faced from
society at large and within their own community.
Another in the line of adaptations of dystopian Young-Audlt novels hastily greenlit by studios hoping to
capitalize on the success of the "Hunger Games" franchise, the "Divergent"
series is precisely the variety that gives the genre a bad name. More than just
hopelessly generic, the basic premise of this world -- that in a
post-apocalyptic future, society is split into factions based on a single
personality trait -- is deeply stupid.