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Jack & Yaya

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[email protected] (2007)

In the wonderful new documentary Young @ Heart, a group of seventy, eighty and ninety-year olds get together and perform songs by Sonic Youth, Coldplay, James Brown, the Clash, David Bowie, the Ramones and other contemporary bands. It sounds dubious and cutesy, but within minutes it reveals itself as the real thing and doubt gives way to unbridled enthusiasm. It's the type of film that sometimes becomes a word-of-mouth hit, although converts won't want to talk too much about what happens; as you may guess, some of the singers don't have long to live and one or two of them don't make it to the end of the film. Several characters become fascinating in their own right, but none more so than troupe director Bob Cilman, who does not pander to his singers because of their age. He's a tough, brutal drill sergeant, but he can open his heart when it matters most. The film's director Stephen Walker adds his own narration and occasionally enters into the film, which somehow makes it feel less like a documentary; Walker is just as caught up in the moment as we are. Walker's wife, the producer Sally George, directed several funny music videos featuring the group, but the film's highlight has to be a truly emotionally overwhelming concert at a prison. (As of today, the group has a following in Europe and has a CD available.) read more...
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  • With: Jim Armenti, William E. Arnold Jr., Joe Benoit, Helen Boston, Louise Canady, Bob Cilman, Elaine Fligman, Jean Florio, Len Fontaine, Stan Goldman, Eileen Hall, Jeanne Hatch, Christopher Haynes, Frederick Alexander Johnson, Donald Jones, Fred Knittle, Norma Landry, John Larareo, Patricia Larese, Miriam Leader, Patricia Linderme, Brock Lynch, Steve Martin, Joseph Mitchell, Dora B. Morrow, Gloria Parker, Liria Petrides, Ed Rehor, Bob Salvini, Steven M. Sanderson, Jack Schnepp, Janice St. Laurence, Ed Wise
  • Written by: n/a
  • Directed by: Stephen Walker, Sally George
  • MPAA Rating: PG for some mild language and thematic elements
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Release Date: 06/30/2007
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Faces Places (2017)

The great French New Wave director Agnes Varda has remained relevant well into her eighties, making a series of wonderfully self-exploring, self-reflexive art documentaries. Her newest one, Faces Places (a.k.a. Visages, Villages) is every bit as good as her The Gleaners and I (2000) and The Beaches of Agnes (2009). Faces Places finds Agnes teaming up with French artist/photographer JR; they hit the road to find subjects to photograph, along with giant places to paste up the printed photos. They photograph a farmer and paste his image on the side of his barn, an old photo of miners is hung on an apartment building, and the wives of dockworkers are pasted giant-high on a stack of shipping containers. For fun, a series of photos on a wall magically depicts several people biting into a long baguette. read more...
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    Faces Places (2017)

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    • With: Agnès Varda, JR
    • Written by: Agnès Varda, JR
    • Directed by: Agnès Varda, JR
    • MPAA Rating: PG for brief nude images and thematic elements
    • Language: French, with English subtitles
    • Running Time: 89 minutes
    • Release Date: 10/26/2017
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    Goodbye Solo (2009)

    Goodbye Solo is a film light in plot but generous in spirit. It tells one of those old, familiar Hollywood yarns about the eccentric oddball who takes an uptight outcast under his or her wing and tries to open him or her up. Then they both learn happy lessons about life in balance. Hollywood generally bungles this formula by making the characters too extreme, with no resemblance to life, but here director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop) makes no such mistake. read more...
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    Goodbye Solo (2009)

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    • With: Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West, Diana Franco Galindo, Lane 'Roc' Williams, Mamadou Lam, Carmen Leyva
    • Written by: Bahareh Azimi, Ramin Bahrani
    • Directed by: Ramin Bahrani
    • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    • Running Time: 91 minutes
    • Release Date: 08/30/2008
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    For the Love of Spock (2016)

    Adam Nimoy directed this basic, but very loving tribute to his father Leonard Nimoy, daring to get a little more personal and a little less reverential than an average Star Trek fan might have done. For the Love of Spock is a loving look back at the career of actor Leonard Nimoy, and specifically the impact of his Star Trek character Mr. Spock. It uses all the typical documentary techniques, including many clips from movies and TV, photos, advertising materials, interviews, speaking engagements, and recordings, as well as new interviews; the younger Nimoy began interviewing his father for this film before he died, so there's plenty of fresh material. read more...
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    For the Love of Spock (2016)

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    • With: Leonard Nimoy, Adam Nimoy, William Shatner, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Nicholas Meyer, Jason Alexander, Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams
    • Written by: n/a
    • Directed by: Adam Nimoy
    • MPAA Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 111 minutes
    • Release Date: 09/08/2016
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    We Are the Best! (2014)

    The Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson had a promising beginning with the teen lesbian drama Show Me Love (1999), and the hippie commune story Together (2000), and then took it up a notch with the devastating Lilya 4-Ever (2002). Then he made several films that didn't seem to get much distribution 'round these parts. Now he's at last back with We Are the Best!. read more...
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      We Are the Best! (2014)

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      • With: Mira Barkhammar, Liv LeMoyne, Mira Grosin, David Dencik, Jonathan Salomonsson, Lena Nylén, Mads Korsgaard, Steve Kratz, Mattias Wiberg, Per Fenger-Krog, Ann-Sofie Rase, Henrik Dahl, Berndt Östman, Vanja Engström, Ylva Olaison
      • Written by: Lukas Moodysson, based on a story by Coco Moodysson
      • Directed by: Lukas Moodysson
      • MPAA Rating: NR
      • Language: Swedish, with English subtitles
      • Running Time: 102 minutes
      • Release Date: 05/29/2014
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