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Cinemas of resistance and silence at The Brattle, and new releases ‘The Guilty’ and ‘The Voyeurs’

Film Ahead is a weekly column highlighting particular occasions and repertory programming for the discerning Camberville filmgoer. It additionally contains capsule critiques of movies that aren’t function reviewed. 

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The Brattle wraps up its “African-American Neo-Noir” program Sunday with “Set It Off,” F. Gary Gray’s 1996 financial institution heist thriller starring Vivica Fox (“Kill Bill”) as a fed-up financial institution teller who enlists her mates to tug off a job. Jada Pinkett Smith, Kimberly Elise and Queen Latifah costar. On Monday the DocYard is again with two movies by Boston filmmaker and Emerson professor John Gianvito, “Her Socialist Smile” (2020), chronicling activist Hellen Keller’s political undertakings, and “Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind” (2008), a visible meditation on Howard Zinn’s revered textbook, “A People’s History of the United States.” Gianvito can be available to speak about each movies and cinema of resistance. Tuesday is a memorial of types offered by the Revolutions Per Minute Festival for the life and works of 16 mm and 8 mm experimental filmmaker Luther Price (also referred to as Tom Rhoads), who died in June 2020. And The Brattle expands on National Silent Movie Day with Buster Keaton’s “Seven Chances” (1925) and Paul Leni’s “The Cat and the Canary” (1927) on Wednesday with reside musical accompaniment, returning Thursday with Fritz Lang’s 1927 view of the industrialist future we now reside, “Metropolis,” in addition to Chaplin’s timeless 1921 basic, “The Kid.”

Note: The Brattle has modified its Covid coverage, and proof of vaccination or a current adverse check is required for admittance. 

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In theaters and streaming

‘The Guilty’ (2021)

Jake Gyllenhaal stars on this remake of the 2018 Danish movie, “Den skyldige” that follows an evening within the life of police officer Joe Baylor, serving as a dispatcher whereas he’s investigated for a current incident on the road. Wildfires rage round L.A. and we cling with Joe at his desk and on the cellphone for the whole lot of the movie, a lot the way in which we did with Tom Hardy within the brilliantly gripping “Locke” (2013), wherein all we bought was a troubled exec on the street at night time, speaking into the Bluetooth of his luxurious coupe. Here the consequence feels coy and manipulative. The most troubling name comes from a lady alleging she’s been kidnapped by her estranged husband. She drops in and out, and the narrative shifts and turns whereas Joe calls his ex within the center of the night time and is harassed by the press. The movie, directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” and who labored with Gyllenhaal earlier than with “Southpaw”) boasts an A-list of voice expertise for these on the opposite finish of the road that features Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Bill Burr, Eli Goree (Cassius Clay in “One Night in Miami’’) as Joe’s former accomplice and Riley Keough (“Zola’’) and Peter Sarsgaard as that married couple in disaster. At the Landmark Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney St., Kendall Square, on Thursday and coming to Netflix on Friday.

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‘Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce’ (2020)

Richard Yelland’s good-looking documentary ponders whether or not an organization can do social good on this planet whereas making a buck. The reply, based on a battery of younger, woke start-uppers with limitless pep, is a powerful sure. The movie focuses on ventures trying to shift Amazon-based enterprise away from deforesting for farming and different industrial features (with lots of local weather change scientists chiming in) to leveraging the haute açaí berry as a magic bullet. It’s a scorching subject and an excellent push, however the answer as offered appears too easy to be believable, and the movie goes on to develop into one thing of a social entrepreneurship kumbaya of blissful staff in South America and Africa getting truthful pay and wanted instructional and life-sustaining assets corresponding to clear water. It’s uplifting and hopeful, to make certain, however skewed; no counterarguments, failures or testimony from growing nations are explored; all we get are blissful, shiny faces doing good and tons of start-up branding. On Amazon Prime.

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‘The Voyeurs’ (2021)

I suppose you might say the erotic thriller is again (assume “Basic Instinct” and “Dressed to Kill”), however there are normally extra misses (“The Canyons” or “Sliver”) than hits within the style and this one from Michael Mohan, lifting closely from Hitch’s 1954 basic “Rear Window,” is extra the latter. Pippa (Sydney Sweeney) and Thomas (Justice Smith) are an idealist millennial couple who’ve simply moved into a big Montreal studio with views into neighboring flats. One couple they get moth-drawn to are Seb (Ben Hardy) and Julia (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), model-perfect people who’ve steamy intercourse out within the open. Natch, the tease of trying turns into doing, and Pippa bonds with Julia professionally but additionally learns via her snooping that Seb is having others over for leisure carnal realizing. Pippa makes a fateful choice that alters the course for all concerned. The twists that ensue (social media taking part in an element, as you would possibly anticipate) are pretty neat, as is the staging and cinematography; the larger difficulty right here is that this that these 4 comely beasts don’t have any soul – they’re vacuous poseurs with no discernible wishes exterior the imprisoning partitions of their egos. It’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” besides when taboo bumpings are occurring throughout the alleyway. On Amazon Prime.


Tom Meek is a author dwelling in Cambridge. His critiques, essays, quick tales and articles have appeared in WBUR’s The ARTery, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, The Charleston City Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom can be a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike in every single place.

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