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A voice and vision for Africa Mount Holyoke College professor’s documentary on seminal African filmmaker debuts at Sundance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It’s a story that almost defies belief. Ousmane Sembène, born in the French colony of Senegal in 1923, had been kicked out of school in the fifth grade for fighting, and by his teens was a laborer in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. During World War II, he was drafted into the French army, and after the war he became a dock worker in Marseille — seemingly a poor black African adrift in a white man’s world. But all along, Sembène, a voracious reader, had been learning on his own, and he reinvented himself first as a celebrated novelist and then, in his early 40s, as a …

A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as a child, so it was especially gratifying, she says, when, years later, Taylor agreed to …

Movie times

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 1:50, 7; Sat.-Sun. also 11:45 a.m. 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) Daily 4:10, 9:25 Birdman (R) Daily 1:40, 6:45; Sun. also 11:15 a.m. The Imitation Game (PG-13) Daily 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:30 a.m. Inherent …

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Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANNIE: A foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis) sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Also stars Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale. Rated …

Movie listings

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Force Majeure (R) The Imitation Game (PG-13) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The Theory of Everything (PG-13) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. …

Movie listings

Thursday, December 18, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Force Majeure (R) It’s a Wonderful Life (NR) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANNIE: A foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis) sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Also stars Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale. Rated …

New on DVD

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Good Lie: Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where an encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives. Stars Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany. …

Steve Carell vows not to ‘play it safe anymore’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Long before Steve Carell was showered in acclaim for his startling transformation into John du Pont for the true-crime drama “Foxcatcher,” he was walking home from set, commiserating with co-star Mark Ruffalo. “We both looked at each other …

Under hackers’ threats, Sony cancels film release

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NEW YORK — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of …

Movie review: Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press ’Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds. Sound overly specific? Consider: A few weeks ago we had “The Theory of Everything,” starring Eddie …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘The Great Rupert’ — a 1950s gem starring Jimmy Durante and a squirrel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I noticed that in my vast morass of movies there are very few Christmas flicks. So on a recent shopping trip I purchased a “Christmas Collectors Set” of six movies, and then had to decide which was awful …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘The Message of Light’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Titled “The Message in Light,” Sunday’s final event in Historic Northampton’s fall “Fast Forward” film series will feature two works by local filmmakers investigating aspects of light that allow us to see both the world around us and …