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Momma's Man

Momma’s Man

When Azazel Jacobs discusses the avant-garde cinema favored by his father Ken Jacobs, he asserts that abstraction means the audience needs to meet the filmmaker half way. The same can be said for Azazel’s third feature, Momma’s Man, which twists the idea of autobiography into

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Spoofing the Cold War mindset and the spy movies it spawned, French film OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a cinematic bon bon with a crunchy nut at its center. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka Agent 117 in the Office of Strategic Services,

XXY

XXY

Lucía Puenzo’s steady hand steers this emotionally tumultuous story away from any hint of melodrama or exploitation. The most radical aspect of XXY isn’t the frank adolescent sexuality or even the question of intersex identity.

Up the Yangtze

Up the Yangtze

Yung Chang understands the significance of this massive undertaking – said to be China’s largest feat of engineering since the Great Wall – but his focus is on the rising waters and how they are obliterating the China his grandfather knew.