Now playing in L.A.: A sampling of the best recent German films

Ready to take a break from the multiplex? The L.A. Goethe-Institut's summer film series German Currents Retrospective 2007–2015 is a good starting point for anyone curious to see the most lauded recent movies from Germany. And all the screenings are FREE. Read more [...]

Years late, but worth the wait: Anna Paquin in Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Margaret’

Margaret was filmed in 2005 and held up for years by a legal battle. But its story has a timeless quality — its portrait of a privileged American teenager thrown into a shattering awareness of the wider world, and Anna Paquin’s portrayal of that character, will still ring true decades from now. Read more [...]

Make sure you watch the long — REALLY long — version of ‘Margaret’

The scenes missing from the version of Margaret that’s available on Blu-Ray and streaming are more like amputations than mere cuts. Even if renting or buying an actual physical DVD strikes you as clunky and outdated, make an exception for Margaret — the movie lover in you will be glad you did. Read more [...]

Juliette Binoche, Best Actress at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival — bien mérité

I know people who tend to roll their eyes at the mention of Juliette Binoche’s work, considering it synonymous with airy pretension. I would recommend, for starters, that they watch Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy, because this might be Binoche’s best work to date, in a role that won her the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2010. Read more [...]