Ed Rampell: Anatahan is about a group of castaway Japanese men who – after their ship is sunk by the Allies in the Western Pacific – are stranded in 1944 on that 13 square mile isle located 65 miles north of Saipan.
Ed Rampell: Most of this Pentagon boondoggle and giveaway to urban police departments and local sheriffs has gone towards battling protesters exercising their First Amendment rights, drug suspects and other run-of-the-mill criminals.
Ed Rampell: The James Agee Cinema Circle announces the 10th annual “Progie” Award nominees for 2016’s Best Progressive Films and Filmmakers. Nominees this year include: Nate Parker; Viggo Mortensen; a biopic about a Chilean poet; a documentary about James Baldwin and more.
Ed Rampell: The mood spun by the skillful Farhadi is low key; although The Salesman has a Neo-Realist vibe and, perhaps at times, a Film Noir feel, the auteur’s use of metaphor heightens his drama beyond naturalism.
Joe Mathews: the darker heart of the movie lies in a brief and devastating critique of Southern California, delivered by the jazz pianist played by Ryan Gosling.