There’s little stitching together the three stories told in Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” and there may be some missteps in these intimate portraits but for the most part it’s a gorgeous film that finds beauty in silence and the mundane.
Ewan McGregor’s uneven adaptation of Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral” extends the trend of Roth novels not quite hitting the author’s intended notes on the big screen. But there’s so much to like here, and the film ends with a punch.
“The Birth of a Nation,” the much anticipated dramatization of Nat Turner’s bloody 1831 slave rebellion, has great timing and relevance in its arrival, given the recent spate of blue-on-black violence. It’s both a look forward and back, and a grim yet provocative one.
Mira Nair films the game of chess with the kinetic energy of a film about football, and rather appeal to one niche audience, she’s captured a story with mass appeal – for the chess masters, the family-drama lovers and little girls seeking a role model.
Chuck Hoberman’s 10° art installation; Best of Boston Sketch Comedy, Night 1; “Then We Move” Modern Dance for Street Pianos and Movement Slam; “Wall to Wall: Art Builds Communities” opening events; and the Seventh Annual “Smoke This” Rib Fest.
The popular art installation “Play Me, I’m Yours” is back through Oct. 10, placing pianos available for use by anyone throughout Boston neighborhoods and at several locations in Cambridge, with most done by Cambridge artists.
Marcin Wrona’s soft-horror thinker “Demon” unfurls a competent and moody bit of filmmaking, which becomes just as much about the dynamics of the society it’s set against as it is about a supernatural incursion.
For the Stoned faithful, there’s good news: “Snowden” marks something of a comeback, a return to the realm of political and historical dramatization that powered “JFK” and “Nixon,” which provided a foundation for the filmmaker’s strong political leanings.
Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian; Comedy Arts Fest; Toy Camera Fest; Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys; Poetry Brothel; Festival of Indie Games; “db” and Writers’ Slumber Party; Rock and Roll Yard Sale; Cambridge Carnival; RiverFest; and Fairy Day.
All the pieces are here to make what should theoretically be something magnificent, but being pretty and well acted can’t save this romantic, tearful drama from being a disappointment.