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  • Brainy ▶ Brainy or complex
  • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
  • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
  • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
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Stories We Tell (2013)

Fresh from the San Francisco International Film Festival, Sarah Polley's third film as director, Stories We Tell, opens this week. Unlike her previous feature films, the superb Away from Her and Take This Waltz, her new movie is a documentary. But it's not just any documentary. It's a unique, emotional, and surprising ride about a powerful event in Polley's life that is best left for viewers to discover. Rather than facts, however, Polley's film deals with memory, doubt, and a whole host of other tenuous concepts. read more...
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    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
    • Realism ▶ Magical, Futuristic, Fantastic
    • How Things Happen ▶ By cause and effect, mechanics, rules or facts
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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Stories We Tell (2013)

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  • With: Sarah Polley, Michael Polley, Joanna Polley, Mark Polley, Michael Polley, Harry Gulkin, Tom Butler, Andrew Church, Peter Evans, Justin Goodhand, Alex Hatz, Rebecca Jenkins
  • Written by: Sarah Polley
  • Directed by: Sarah Polley
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements involving sexuality, brief strong language and smoking
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/16/2013
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Platform (2000)

Jia Zhang-ke's second feature is an epic masterpiece that tells a specifically Chinese story, and yet it does so in a completely universal way. Set between 1980 and 1990, when China moved from the final vestiges of life under Chairman Mao to the Cultural Revolution and Westernized consumer capitalism, Platform is similar in a way to Tian Zhuangzhuang's The Blue Kite. But Platform tells its story through the lives of four young people, all performers in a kind of singing and dancing pop group (called -- get this -- the "All Star Rock and Breakdance Electronic Band"). read more...
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    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating

Platform (2000)

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  • With: Hong-wei, Liang Jing-dong, Zhao Tao, Yang Tiang-yi
  • Written by: Jia Zhang-ke
  • Directed by: Jia Zhang-ke
  • MPAA Rating: Unrated
  • Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 150 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/03/2000
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And Life Goes On (1992)

The middle film (1991) of Abbas Kiarostami's "Earthquake Trilogy" -- after Where Is the Friend's Home? (1987) and before Through the Olive Trees (1994) -- is yet another masterpiece and perhaps the first film on which the filmmaker really began playing around with space and reality. It starts like a documentary, with an actor who is not Kiarostami playing a filmmaker who suggests Kiarostami. (He's played by Farhad Kheradmand.) Driving around the village of Koker that was recently destroyed by an earthquake, he looks for the young actors who played in Where Is the Friend's Home?. Instead, the filmmaker becomes involved in the locals and their attempts to rebuild their lives among the rubble. Many scenes feel improvised, but the poetry in them seem too deliberate for that. The final shot involving the filmmaker's car and a twisty uphill road will resonate for hours after the film is over. It's also known as Life and Nothing More.... read more...
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    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

And Life Goes On (1992)

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  • With: Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour
  • Written by: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Persian/Farsi, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/25/1992
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A Brief History of Time (1991)

Errol Morris might have found his perfect subject with the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking. Morris loves dealing in subjects that cannot be totally answered, defined, or controlled, and he's also a master of the one-on-one interview. In the former, he has Hawking's incredible theories of time, black holes, and the universe to chew on. But when it comes to the man himself, he somehow backs down. There are several moments, of course, but Morris heavily relies on testimony from Hawking's family, friends, and colleagues. Perhaps this is because of a limited amount of interview time with Hawking, or the fact that Hawking's computerized "voice" requires extra time for a conversation. However, these quibbles aside, Morris has turned in a beautiful film. The other interviewees provide stories about Hawking that he himself might not have provided, and the film's graphics and music (by Philip Glass) give a kind of poetic drama to the mysteries of the universe. read more...
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    • Brainy ▶ Brainy or complex
    • Moralistic ▶ Yes please

A Brief History of Time (1991)

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  • With: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking, Basil King, Derek Powney, Norman Dix, Robert Berman, Gordon Berry, Roger Penrose, Dennis Sciama, John Wheeler, Brandon Carter, John Taylor, Kip Thorne
  • Written by: Based on a book by Stephen Hawking
  • Directed by: Errol Morris
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/27/1992
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Mysterious Skin (2005)

Gregg Araki's remarkable new film Mysterious Skin has already received some negative press and a few reviews that have missed the point, but it's a superb achievement, and easily one of the two or three best films of the spring season. It traces the lives of two young men who were abused one summer as children by their baseball coach (Bill Sage). Neil (played as a youngster by Chase Ellison, and as a teen by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) becomes a rebel and a hustler, while the other, Brian (George Webster, and later Brady Corbet), withdraws and becomes fascinated by alien abductions. read more...
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    • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time

Mysterious Skin (2005)

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  • With: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jeff Licon, Bill Sage, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Long, Chris Mulkey, George Webster, Chase Ellison, Billy Drago, Richard Riehle
  • Written by: Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Scott Heim
  • Directed by: Gregg Araki
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/02/2004
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