Sunday, January 20, 2008

New films

We have a wide-ranging selection of new movies on the shelf this week, including independant films, documentaries, and classics.

Sicko is Michael Moore's latest offering, and he takes on America's health system. Regardless of how people feel about Moore, and regardless of where they sit on the political spectrum, most would agree that there are some serious issues with health care in this country. Moore is sure to make you think.

Man Push Cart garnered wide praise at film festivals in Venice, London, Seattle and the Sundance Institute. A great story about what it means to be an immigrant in a vast, impersonal city.

Sallah was filmed over 40 years ago, and it remains one of the classics of Israeli film. Its star - Topol - went on to fame as the lead character in Fiddler on the Roof. A film about a large Middle Eastern Jewish family arriving in Israel, determined to carve out a life for themselves, this film is just as pertinent now as it was in 1964.

Alibi has the same dark cinematography and expressionistic vision as some of the great European films of the late 1920's (think Fritz Lang). No one comes out good in this story as a violent police force attempts to pin the murder of one of their own on a recently paroled gangster.

Talk To Me is another example of the charisma and versatility of actor Don Cheadle. An entertaining biography of ex-con and radio personality 'Petey' Greene, this movie chronicles how Greene revitalized a sagging Washington, D.C. radio station and kept the city riveted during the turbulent late 60's.

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