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MIFF 2014 features Glenn Close, Sara Driver, and a boy's unforgettable adolescence
The Maine International Film Festival, now in its 17th year in Waterville, remains one of the region’s more ambitious cultural institutions, less bound by a singular ambition than a desire to convey the breadth and depth of cinema’s past and present. (This, and a healthy dose of music and human-interest documentaries.) On that account, MIFF ’14 is an impressive achievement, offering area filmgoers its best program in years. With so much to survey, let’s make haste with the recommendations. (Particularly emphatic suggestions are marked in bold print.)
| July 11, 2014
The Hanover House will make you a believer
When you’re making a movie about a haunted house, it’s best if the house is actually haunted (for authenticity’s sake, of course).
| May 09, 2014
Capturing the County
Beneath the Harvest Sky makes it big
Hollywood is approximately 3,233 miles from Old Town. For Aron Gaudet, Old Town native and Maine filmmaker, it seemed even further.
| April 23, 2014
Character is political
Three Kelly Reichardt films coming to PMA
Kelly Reichardt, one of the most admired and resourceful voices in American independent cinema, appears at the Portland Museum of Art Friday night to participate in a weekend-long retrospective of her three most recent films.
| April 10, 2014
Parsing the Chomsky-Foucault debate
Held in the Netherlands in 1971, the discussion is seen as a touchstone in philosophy circles, spanning human nature, creativity, politics, and more.
| January 23, 2014
2013's best films are only united in their audacity
From murders to musings
From murders to musings
| December 19, 2013
Gifts for the tele- and cinephiles in the family
Expand the home-theater library
These days, buying a family member a DVD or (now, for some) a Blu-ray can be a weird act.
| December 04, 2013
Dissenters hold their own in a trio of documentaries this weekend
Keep it down
Volume is important in each of the three documentaries screening at SPACE Gallery this weekend, under its Human Rights Film Series umbrella.
| November 14, 2013
This year’s Camden International Film Festival unearths lovers, countries, and children at crossroads
This would seem to be the year the Camden International Film Festival fully grows into its skin.
| September 26, 2013
Nine Maine-made quickies light up Waterville
In this year’s Maine Shorts program at the Maine International Film Festival, nine films range from the silly to the elegiac.
| July 18, 2013
More highlights from MIFF’s selections
Other locally-focused film highlights at MIFF this weekend include what ought to be a fine and raucous screening of local cult classic documentary Dead River Rough Cut (1976)
| July 18, 2013
Mayhem rules the summer box office
Action! ... and ... action!
A notable underlying theme among this year’s summer crop is that, while Earth is being destroyed, the villains are not an external alien threat.
| June 07, 2013
Review: Girl Model
The sad world of teenage exploitation
The opening shot of Girl Model, the 2011 documentary exposing the exploitative modeling industry in Russia and Japan, scans a gray and cold Siberian cityscape.
| March 13, 2013
The Oscars: Argo's golden fleece
The situation may reshuffle by the Oscar broadcast on February 24, but I doubt it. After being snubbed in the Best Director category, Argo has won every award since.
| February 22, 2013
Documentary shows America’s system is far from neat
Health care on the rocks
Toward the end of 2012, the US Census Bureau reported that for the first time in years, the number of uninsured Americans had actually fallen — to 48.6 million, from an all-time high of 49.9 million in 2010.
| February 06, 2013
Oscar predictions: Django and Zero fade as Lincoln landslide looms
Had you asked a couple of weeks ago, I would have given Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty good odds at raining on Steven Spielberg's Lincoln parade. But reality has since intruded.
| January 02, 2013
In 2013, Hollywood parties like it’s 1979
A trip to the movies next year might make you think you've entered a time warp.
| December 27, 2012
Cutting edge: The 10 best movies of 2012
Torture, vengeance, guilt, despair, mental decline, a rough night out — so why do I feel so exhilarated about the 10 best movies of 2012?
| December 19, 2012
Boxes for the Box: DVD sets for the holidays
GIFT GUIDE 2012
Call us homebodies, call us lazy, but the plain fact is that most nights we're more than happy to stay at home on the couch in ratty sweats, cozied up to a box of wine.
| December 05, 2012
Keep the Lights On avoids stereotypes but not shame
A decade of dysfunction
Keep the Lights On is only one hour and 42 minutes long, but by the conclusion of this 2012 indie film by director Ira Sachs, you feel that you've known the main characters, Erik and Paul, for much longer.
| November 08, 2012
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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