Review: ‘Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story’ Celebrates a City, Its Culture, Its Food, and, Yes, Its Music

If you’ve lived in Dallas for any length of time, you’ve heard about Jazz Fest, whether from Louisiana natives who’ve moved here or from Dallas visitors who have enthused about their attendance.   Held in New Orleans every year, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival “showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region … Continue reading Review: ‘Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story’ Celebrates a City, Its Culture, Its Food, and, Yes, Its Music

Review: ‘Lincoln’s Dilemma,’ Bringing History to Life, For Good Reasons

What do we really know about Abraham Lincoln?  (Picture above: depiction of Abraham Lincoln as featured in Lincoln’s Dilemma on Apple TV+.) The 16th President of the United States has been widely hailed, widely vilified, and widely misunderstood. His role in history is assured, though what role, exactly, is yet to be determined, even more than 150 years after his death.  The four-episode mini-series Lincoln’s … Continue reading Review: ‘Lincoln’s Dilemma,’ Bringing History to Life, For Good Reasons

Review: ‘Time’

Garret Bradley’s Time is fashioned together from over two decades’ worth of footage. Part of it comes from the main subject herself; Sibil Rich initially created home videos as a way to visually document her time apart from her husband, who has been serving time for a 1997 armed robbery. What filmmaker Bradley has done in shrewdly piecing together those intimate moments with Sibil’s current … Continue reading Review: ‘Time’

Review: ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,’ Stirring Triumph Sings Out

Raised in a musical household, it was perhaps inevitable that a talented young woman who loved to sing would sprout wings and fly away to stardom. In Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman chart the life and career of Linda Ronstadt, from her humble beginnings in New Mexico to the heights of musical stardom in the 1970s. It … Continue reading Review: ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,’ Stirring Triumph Sings Out

Review: ‘Love, Antosha’ Grieves Through Agony and Affection

In 2016, the accidental death of actor Anton Yelchin at the age of 27 shocked his friends, family, fans, and indeed, anyone who heard about it. Garret Price’s Love, Antosha endeavors to take stock of Yelchin’s life. Frankly, it’s a tough film to watch for anyone with a shred of empathy for the emotional pain suffered by others. More a hagiography than a documentary, Love, … Continue reading Review: ‘Love, Antosha’ Grieves Through Agony and Affection

Review: ‘Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love’

Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield is not one to shy away from salacious material. Tackling candle-in-the-wind musical lives such as Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston and Biggie and Tupac in previous non-fiction explorations, his latest film stays in line with the cult celebrity focus, this time adjusting its gaze on poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen and his decades-long relationship with his beautiful Swedish lover Marianne Ihlen. And, yes, it … Continue reading Review: ‘Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love’