This week, we begin on the couch: Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian-born director of the animated marvel Persepolis, guides a wide-eyed Ryan Reynolds through his spirited role as Jerry, a shy, unassuming man who seems to lead two lives.
This week, we begin in South America: Alberto Arvelo directed this Spanish- and English-language bio-pic about Simón Bolívar, the revolutionary leader who helped liberate much of South America from the Spanish in the early 1800s (a liberator, not a dictator).
Denton filmmakers Susan Carol Davis and Jennifer Batchelder are ready for at least one question about the short film, “Retno’s Refusal,” set to premiere on Sunday night at Thin Line, a documentary film, music and photography festival that opened in Denton Wednesday night.
Director Lynn Shelton works from Andrea Seigel’s script to set up a ridiculous premise before turning it into a film that’s decently entertaining — and at times insightful. Shelton also has help from a trio of likable performers who bring some levity to a series of awkward situations.
“Strange Fruit” is a needling song. It’s a voluptuous sounding tune that throws the lyrics -- a stark depiction of the lynching of two young black men -- into sharp and uncomfortable relief. Billie Holiday made the song popular, when she began singing it to close each of her shows at Cafe Society in 1939. Cafe Society was New York’s first integrated nightclub. Owner Barney Josephson set a few rules about the song: Holiday would end each show with the number. The waitstaff would halt service just before she sang, the lights would go off, and Holiday would narrate the scene — the broken bodies of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, hanged from a tree above a mob of panicked and angry white people in Marion, Indiana, in 1930 — in a tight spotlight.
Spare Parts is a pleasant enough run-of-the-mill outsiders-beat-the-odds dramedy in the Race the Sun mold. It’s about undocumented high school kids who enter a big robot-building competition, and make a splash in that state most hostile to illegal immigration — Arizona. So it’s a little more concerned with making a statement than with covering new ground in an original and entertaining way.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted the backstage drama Birdman as the best film of 2014, according to the results of its 21st annual critics’ poll released today.
NEW YORK — The Interview was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its canceled release.