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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

Michele Josue’s debut documentary is a tribute to her friend Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay college student murdered in October 1998 outside Laramie, Wyoming. His ordeal prompted an impassioned national conversation about homophobia and hate crimes, but Josue recalls the media frenzy as a surreal

Three Stars

Unlike the exquisitely prepared food in this documentary, Three Stars has too much on its plate. Director Lutz Hachmeister offers a taste of the dining experiences that rate three stars in the Michelin Guide, but he can’t decide whether to embrace or condemn the venerable

Return to Sender

Rosamund Pike made Return to Sender before her breakthrough Gone Girl, and it’s difficult not to see Miranda Wells as a dry run for Amy Dunne. Both are control freaks whose icy blonde exteriors mask rage-fueled machinations. While Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn


There’s something off-kilter about the Tel Aviv of Jellyfish. It’s not that married filmmakers Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen have tried to find the shadows in the sunny city on the Mediterranean Sea; they present their home base as worldly, prosperous and accessible. But their

Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens fits perfectly into the HBO niche of star-studded biopics where A-list talent immerse themselves in imaginative impersonations while juicy morsels about the rich and famous are tastefully doled out to premium cable subscribers. This docudrama also rises above its origins by commenting on