It’s only been four years, but feels much longer, since director Steven Soderbergh last treated filmgoing audiences to one of his quirky, deconstructive gems. His latest taps into the skin of some of fare such as “Ocean’s Eleven” while farming fresh territory.
Poetry Heat Wave! The 2017 Boston Poetry Marathon; Thorpe Street Block Party; Ignite! A Global Street Food & Fire Festival; “Doctor Strange” screening; and Summer Sundays at the Harvard Semitic Museum.
What drives “Wind River” isn’t so much the present action but the heavy backstories carried by characters acted by Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, which burn with real, raw emotional palpability.
Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in the park; Outdoor movie night in Harvard Square; The Hereafter Party benefit for the Children’s Room; A Day of Play in Union Square; and A Summer Soiree dance party.
“The Friends of Eddie Coyle”; Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend; 35-Hour Comedy Marathon fundraiser; “Sacred Spaces: Wending” dance; and SomerStreets: Seize the Summer! festival.
The focus isn’t so much a chronology of a 1967 five-day riot, but a motel siege where three young black men would be dead in the wake of nightmarish kangaroo-court interrogation tactics – and the trial that followed with all-too-predictable results.
Director Gillian Robespierre and actress Jenny Slate team up again (after 2014’s perfect “Obvious Child”) with a period piece centered on a look at sisterhood that is both aggressively frustrating and wholly endearing in its authenticity.
Hyperstylized spy thriller “Atomic Blonde” is violent as hell and makes no apologies, punching its way through end-of-the-Cold War Berlin in a battle for a crucial “list” of British intel assets – but the only asset here that really matters is Charlize Theron’s MI6 operative.
Triumph is simply survival in Christopher Nolan’s latest, blistering film, “Dunkirk,” which follows characters in three World War II narratives in a script that intersects when you least expect it – a mighty example of storytelling and the power of atmosphere.
Beyond some sharp narrative maneuvering, “War” has plenty more going for it than other summer noise out there, including a star turn by Steve Zahn as the mangy and withered Bad Ape that is worthy of an Oscars bid.