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Ten best bets for fall movie releases

Battle of the Sexes The 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King was a carnival—the equal rights movement as prime-time game show, broadcast on ABC to an audience of 90 million. This makes it fine material for the offbeat comic filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), and publicity materials […]

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Legendary artist Agnès Varda schools Chicago on filmmaking and photography

Agnès Varda’s directorial debut, La Pointe Courte (1954), anticipated the French New Wave with its documentary feel, associative editing, and bold, tableaulike imagery. Her later films Le Bonheur (1964) and One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977) are considered touchstones of feminist cinema. And with such innovative documentaries as Uncle Yanco (1967) and The Gleaners & […]

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Creed molds Rocky into an African-American story

Ryan Coogler’s acclaimed debut feature Fruitvale Station (2013) dramatized the real-life police killing of Oscar Grant, a young African-American man, at the title subway stop hours after San Franciscans rang in the year 2009. Given the heightened consciousness of police violence against African-Americans, Fruitvale Station seems more timely now than when it came out, yet […]

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Chilean director Patricio Guzman ponders the mysteries of the deep in The Pearl Button

Patricio Guzman earned his place in cinematic history with The Battle of Chile (1975-’79), a stunning journalistic trilogy about the 1973 military coup that replaced Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, with the dictator Augusto Pinochet. Since then Guzman has returned to the coup years with Chile, Obstinate Memory (1997), The Pinochet Case (2001), and […]