Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes, Rated PG-13
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing)
Although it's not a requirement that you saw Joshua Oppenheimer's 2012 documentary The Act of Killing, it definitely provides depth and background to his latest film, The Look of Silence(opening today), which is more or less a companion piece to his original work. Both movies centered on the horrific genocide that took place back in the 1960s in Indonesia, where a failed government military overthrow led to what some believe is over a million dead. In The Act of Killing, true evil was on display, as the director, Oppenheimer, met with several different ex-military men - now grey and up in age - as they graphically illustrated the specifics of how they killed the imprisoned "communists" (who were labeled as such without trial or even reason). It was a sickening film, as these murderers boast about the horrendous acts that they still are proud of nearly 50 years later. The film shed light not only on this unspeakable tragic event of the past, but also its current relevance: Even as of today, families of the victims still live in a volatile, oppressive country ruled by some of the same exact people responsible for the mass killings...often times, right next door to descendants of the people who killed their family members those many years ago.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes, Rated PG
Starring: Ravi Patel, Geeta Patel
Directed by Ravi Patel, Geeta Patel (directorial debuts)
Love is a many splendor thing, and in the documentary Meet the Patels (opening today), it is both complicated and hilarious.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes, Rated PG-13
Starring: Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, Michael K. Williams
Directed by Jerry Jameson (Last Flight Out, Land of the Free, The Bat People)
Captive (opening today) is just a few commercial breaks short of being Made-For-TV movie.
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