Film

Film

Bacurau, streaming via the Parkway, will make you wanna start the revolution—if only you could leave your house

The town of Bacurau fights back, they do some damage, and it feels like a victory for its characters and for viewers, a blueprint for imminent direct action and self-defense.

On Marnie Ellen Hertzler's Crestone which you can’t watch anywhere right now

Baltimore filmmaker Marnie Ellen Hertzler’s Crestone feels like a great piece of outré journalism. It found the sweet spot of making you feel as though you’re there watching something happen and commenting on it all only when necessary.

A less cloying way for “mainstream” movies to ponder #MeToo, an encouraging trend in Hollywood movies

A sleepy spy movie that turns into a slow-burn romance and then a tragic catharsis

What looks like a staid costume drama is more like if Chantal Ackerman got ahold of a Merchant-Ivory movie.

A selection of small, working-class movies often forgotten for more serious fare when it comes time to think about Black History

Cotton Comes To Harlem, The Monkey Hustle, and Amazing Grace

At Hamilton Gallery, meditative psychedelic soul-searching with an Xbox controller

If 1917, a video game, is a movie, then Oldenburg's video games, sitting in the back room of the Hamilton Gallery, are movies.

The deeply personal educational documentary explores the origins of an African fabric.

Obinyan ostensibly frames Wax Print around asking the question, “Is wax print African?” It’s a question that is both impossible to answer and has a pretty obvious answer: Yes. You have likely seen wax print and, just as likely, somebody ripping off its style.

Semi-fictional new wave movie ambles around with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Merce Cunningham's challenging choreography—in 3D!

Downtown 81, a somewhat fictional, hang-out movie starring Jean-Michel Basquiat and Alla Kovgan's assiduous documentary, Cunningham, screening in Baltimore

Anthony's new film about instant replay and tennis is an incredibly subversive 36-minute dérive of a documentary, viewed in ESPN's 30 for 30 series.

This is how one should reckon with sport—an expressive, important, often communal thing that is also big business and ultimately comes down to, well, rules that never entirely make sense.

Director Djibril Diop Mambéty's classic is screening for free at the Parkway

Baltimoreans in particular might find something familiar in the film Hyenas, where of a town rendered poor by outside forces falls susceptible to corruption.

This was before our president extrajudicially murdered a top leader of the Iranian military so you would be forgiven for forgetting about it already, but right before the end of ...

The year in Baltimore movies

Not documentary exactly (though a few fit that category) but works where reality sneaks up and disrupts form and storytelling in unpredictable and expressionistic ways.

Inside Beyond Video, the rowhouse with the hypnotic paint job next to the Ottobar, there are thousands of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and even some VHS—a defiant, pro-stuff counterpunch to Amazon, Netflix, ...

Shauntee Daniels thought of making a documentary about Baltimore's burgeoning, embattled squeegee-ers more than a year ago—the last time there was a histrionic, public safety panic about the mostly young Black men who grind it out at intersections across the city washing car windows for a few bucks.

In typical John Waters style, any prompt or question could launch an anecdote or philosophical monologue delivered with the polish and charisma of a well-rehearsed stand-up routine. 

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