Hal Hartley makes films about the absurd pervasiveness of contradiction. In his comedies, high art lives alongside low art, chaste and sex are mentioned in the same breath, and peaceful souls ponder desperate acts of violence.
Famed photographer Sebastião Salgado surveys the many stages of his multi-decade career in The Salt of the Earth. Co-directed by Wim Wenders and Julian Ribeiro Salgado (Sebastião's son), the film juxtaposes Salgado's work with his memories in beguiling ways.
What’s old is new. Or so believes the wild hipster couple Jaime and Darby (played to narcissistic perfection by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfriend), who live by this adage almost preternaturally in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young.
This is not a review. Abel Ferrara’s brilliant Welcome to New York, a salacious and grotesque fictionalization of the Dominic Strauss-Kahn criminal case, is being released stateside in a compromised version.
Sean Penn tries to do his best Liam Neeson impression in The Gunman, a bloody and self-serious action saga about an aging military contractor turned NGO worker being hunted by one of his former employers.
"I'm not a scientist, but I occasionally play one on television." Marc Morano, executive director of ClimateDebot.com, chuckles to himself after making this statement during a key interview with the filmmakers of Merchants of Doubt.