Bravo Richard Brody!

“Today’s leading independent visionaries are tomorrow’s acknowledged auteurs; rather than merely waving at independent filmmakers en route to the shining studio cities, it would be worth calling attention to [women] artists of today who have made superb films and ought to be bumping up to the next level of financing and recognition… Genuine independence—of mind—is…

ABOVE & BEYOND

In her inspiring new documentary Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force, Roberta Grossman interviews Jewish-American men who risked their lives—and their American citizenship—to serve as pilots in 1948. As we recently learned in news reports from Ferguson, MO, the US military has a lot of equipment to dispose of after a…

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GIRLHOOD

Bande de Filles—misleadingly called Girlhood in English—is a new French film trying way too hard to be “commercial.” Instead of telling the story she really wants to tell about the downward trajectory of a beautiful but doomed teen named Marieme” (Karidja Touré), filmmaker Céline Sciamma fills the screen with scenes that look like mini-music videos.…