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The Life of Oharu (1952)

The life of Oharu is not a good one. She never seems to get a break. Even if it looks like she's about to get some good news, it's evident that the other shoe is about to drop. What's more, Oharu (Kinuyo Tanaka) never did anything to anyone to deserve this kind of life (if you can call it "life"). She merely exists. read more...
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The Life of Oharu (1952)

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  • With: Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiro Mifune, Masao Shimizu, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichiro Sugai, Toshiaki Konoe, Hisako Yamane, Daisuke Kato, Yuriko Hamada, Komako Hara, Kikue Mouri, Haruyo Ichikawa, Kyoko Kusajima, Eitarô Shindô, Sadako Sawamura, Akira Ooizumi, Eijiro Yanagi, Jukichi Uno
  • Written by: Yoshikata Yoda, based on a novel by Saikaku Ihara
  • Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 136 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/19/1954
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The Circle (2000)

Just a few weeks ago, the Shooting Gallery film series released Marziyeh Meshkini's and Mohsen Makhmalbaf's The Day I Became a Woman. I was afraid then that no one would see that beautiful and vibrant film because it seemed to be about "battered Iranian women," though it was really about their breathtaking attempts to escape domination. Now comes Jafar Panahi's The Circle, a far more heavyweight, but equally brilliant film about women whose escape seems unlikely. read more...
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The Circle (2000)

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  • With: Maryiam Palvin Almani, Nargess Mamizadeh, Fareshteh Sadr Orfani, Monir Arab, Elham Saboktakin, Fatemeh Naghavi, Mojgan Faramarzi
  • Written by: Kambuzia Partovi
  • Directed by: Jafar Panahi
  • MPAA Rating: Unrated
  • Language: Farsi with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/05/2000
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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

It's interesting to note that, among all the controversy over all the white nominees of the 2016 Oscars, here's a film -- nominated for Best Documentary -- about an African-American singer, and a politically active one at that. In What Happened, Miss Simone?, director Liz Garbus tells the story of Nina Simone, interpreting her as a troubled genius. She started her career at age 4 studying classical piano. But while playing in nightclubs to try to pay the rent, she was told she needed to sing, and out came that unforgettable voice. The movie details her rise to fame with hits like "I Loves You Porgy" and her marriage to former cop Andrew Stroud (good manager, bad husband). She began performing political songs ("Mississippi Goddam") during the Civil Rights Era, unable to conceal her rage and pain. Later, she was treated for what might have been bipolar disorder. Garbus interviews Simon's daughter, niece, and surviving bandmates, and includes tons of great footage of Simone in concert, attempting to explain her particular brand of musical genius, and largely succeeding. The title comes from Maya Angelou, a question that is never answered. read more...
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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

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  • With: Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Shackman, George Wein, Stanley Crouch, Dick Gregory, Ilyasah Shabazz, Ambassador Shabazz, Gerrit De Bruin
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  • Directed by: Liz Garbus
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 101 minutes
  • Release Date: 06/23/2015
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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret) isn't a particularly visual film director, but he is a hell of a good writer, and capable of making his pictures move through pure emotion, not only love and hate and anger, but also less tangible things like regret and uncertainty. His Manchester by the Sea, helped along by a wintry New England backdrop, invites us into a powerful, rounded, and fully-realized story of several lives affected by a death. read more...
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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

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  • With: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, C.J. Wilson, Heather Burns, Tate Donovan, Josh Hamilton, Anna Baryshnikov, Matthew Broderick, Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward
  • Written by: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
  • MPAA Rating: R for language throughout and some sexual content
  • Running Time: 137 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/22/2016
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A Separation (2011)

Longtime and loyal readers know that I am a fan of Iranian cinema. I saw my first Iranian film, Gabbeh, back in 1997 and I have been seen some 50 of them since then; in a culture of repression and censorship, certain filmmakers have found amazing ways to express personal and poetic visions. I'm always happy when one of these films goes beyond a small circle of cinephiles. For example, the great director Abbas Kiarostami's latest film, Certified Copy, recently won the Best Foreign Language Film award from my group, the San Francisco Film Critic's Circle. (Although, to be fair, it was not made in Iran.) read more...
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    A Separation (2011)

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    • With: Peyman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi, Merila Zare'i, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Babak Karimi, Kimia Hosseini, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh, Sahabanu Zolghadr
    • Written by: Asghar Farhadi
    • Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
    • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material
    • Language: Persian, with English subtitles
    • Running Time: 123 minutes
    • Release Date: 02/14/2011
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