New themes are appearing in Russian films that expose the extent of government corruption, which decimates a people subjected to an increasing supply of drugs, crime, and violence.
If you are still marveling over Stanley Kubrick's great sci-fi film 2001, released 46 years ago and still stunning, you will probably like Interstellar.
Scott Carter's "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord" can "talk the legs off of a Japanese table."
There were many great films at the Chicago festival, including several great bio docs about formidable persons in the arts.
The Best Picture Award winner at the 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival went to the stunning Iranian film "The President."
This production of the Swedish playwright August Strindberg's 1900 "The Dance of Death," now playing in Pasadena, is expertly acted and directed.
The NSA and the National Security State have committed possibly irreparable damage to democracy itself, which depends on free speech and liberty of thought.
Scandinavia showed up in full glory at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival. A Swedish film even won the coveted Best Foreign Film Audience Award.
The film does boast some excellent performances, but by the second half, the script turns utterly preposterous.
One of the great things about the theater is that it can dramatize history, and the people who make it and shake it.