Crystal Moselle Brings Documentary Realism to ‘Skate Kitchen’

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures In documentaries, individuals are often presented as they are, as a “real” person. But what happens when they are cast as themselves in a narrative feature? At best, it lends a sense of authenticity to a film that a director cannot achieve with professional actors. At worst, it can lead to [...]

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Lauren Greenfield Puts ‘Generation Wealth’ Under the Microscope

Courtesy of Lauren Greenfield and Magnolia Pictures At a time when the one percent owns an alarmingly disproportionate amount of wealth, images of upper-class grandeur saturate our culture and portray excess as something to aspire to, symbols of the all-too-abstract notion of “making it.” In her new documentary “Generation Wealth,” artist Lauren Greenfield, a veteran [...]

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A ‘Custody’ Battle Turns Brutal in Xavier Legrand’s Disturbing Debut

Courtesy of Kino Lorber European cinema has often thrived within an acclaimed tradition of social realist films that portray the struggles of everyday life and criticise the political conditions that spawned them. French filmmaker Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” is that sort of motion picture, but one injected with the ambiguous sensibilities of a cold-blooded thriller. Winning [...]

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Beaton Was a True Original, But ‘Love, Cecil’ is Not

Cecil Beaton was among the most well-known British artists of the 20th century, earning great acclaim and influence as a photographer, costume designer and art director. He was equally respected and controversial, always marching to the beat of his own drum. In documentary “Love, Cecil,” Lisa Immordino Vreeland explores Beaton’s legendary work ethic and baroque [...]

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