The Secret Origins of the First Female Filmmaker

In her 2018 documentary “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché,” director and producer Pamela B. Green aims to revive the life of the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché. Narrated by actress and...

Unpopular Opinions: Animal Characters

The live-action “Dumbo” remake comes out this week, and it got the Arts Desk thinking about the countless animal characters that have graced the silver screen, especially in Disney films. After all, they built...

‘Five Feet Apart’ Depicts the Necessity of Human Touch

“Five Feet Apart” chronicles the unfortunate love story of Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse), two teenagers with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening illness that forces them to stay five feet apart from...

‘Yardie’ Is a Jamaican Throwback to Gang Dramas of Old

They are the familial and relational conflicts that preface and define their violent stories: Grangerford or Shepherdson, Greaser or Soc, Shark or Jet, Native American or Dead Rabbit. In his directorial debut, Idris Elba...

Anupam Kher on Tragedy and Compassion in ‘Hotel Mumbai’

Eleven years ago, the Indian metropolis of Mumbai was brought under siege by Pakistani terrorists in a deadly attack. A popular restaurant, two hospitals and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel were attacked, and 164...

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Thrilling, but Not Too Profound

Thrusting ordinary people into extraodinary situations is a recipe followed by many gripping films, and it is certainly the backbone of Director Anthony Muras’ “Hotel Mumbai.” The twist, however, is that this thriller is...

A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events This Weekend: March 15 to 17

St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday — if you want to escape the inevitable onslaught of intoxicated revelers this weekend, check out one of these arts and entertainment events. And avoid Fifth Avenue at...

In ‘3 Faces,’ a Quietly Radical Portrait of Iran

“3 Faces” begins with a girl’s iPhone confessional — her voice is shaking, as is her grip. Aspiring actress Marziyeh Rezaei (playing herself) has been accepted to the drama conservatory in Tehran, but finds...

‘Out of Blue’ Hides Its Messy Narrative Behind Impressive Atmosphere

I spent more time trying to make up my mind on how I felt about “Ocean Blue” than I spent actually watching the film. The Carol Morley-directed flick is an adaptation of the Martin...

‘Climax’ Pushes the Limits of Human Nature

The best nights are the ones that come unexpectedly — last-minute debauchery that catapults you into the adventure-filled and wondrous unknown. In “Climax,” French director and master of contemporary psychedelic cinema Gaspar Noé hosts...

Unpopular Opinions: Remakes and Reboots

From “A Star Is Born” to the upcoming live-action “The Lion King,” remakes and reboots have been mainstays in Hollywood for decades. Though it is easy to immediately discredit a retelling as unoriginal or...

‘The Trouble With You’ Struggles to Balance Crime and Comedy

After her husband, a police officer, is killed in the line of duty, Yvonne Santi (Adèle Haenel) learns that he was not the hero from the bedtime stories she tells her son. He was...
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