‘Chuck Norris vs. Communism’: The most sincere tribute 1980s Hollywood will ever get

The documentary Chuck Norris vs. Communism recounts how bootleg tapes of Hollywood movies became an underground phenomenon in Cold War-era Romania. The real-life intrigue that swirled around the bootleg videocassettes — and the accompanying paranoia and absurdity — makes for a fascinating, “only in the Eastern Bloc” story. Read more [...]

‘What Our Fathers Did’: An uncomfortably topical documentary about the legacy of Nazism

A dual character study of the sons of two high-ranking Nazi officials, What Our Fathers Did is a fascinating but disquieting coda to the history of 70-odd years ago. But maybe 'coda' is the wrong word, because in 2017 the movie feels weirdly topical. Read more [...]

‘Christmas, Again’ is worth watching any time of the year

Christmas, Again would be a good movie at any time of the year, but it will undoubtedly play best in December, especially for viewers seeking an antidote to culturally mandated good cheer. If you ever find yourself drinking alone during the holidays, take heart; Christmas, Again will be there for you. Read more [...]

L.A. Repertory Cinema Picks, Feb. 2016: Never mind awards season…

There's an embarrassment of riches at L.A.'s rep cinemas this month; an avid cinephile wishing to shut out the noise of Oscar campaigns can celebrate movies the best way possible, by seeing classics and cult favorites alike on the big screen... many of them in 35mm, no less. Read more [...]

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’: Divas and superheroines in the Swiss Alps

Named one of the Top 10 films of 2015 by Film Comment: Clouds of Sils Maria felt perfectly timed for a year dominated by Star Wars and Marvel blockbusters — it's a French filmmaker's reflection on cinema in the age of superhero movies. But thankfully this is no rant along the lines of "Marvel is killing cinema!" Read more [...]