Zoetropolis Theatre

20th Century Women By O.W. Dee

20th Century Women liked to talk. If the gently funny movie of the same name is any indication, the conversations back then were well worth listening to. In the story set in 1979 Santa Barbara, we welcome an era before cell phones, internet and millions of cable TV stations, when people often talked (heavens!) face to face. Writer-director Mike Mills focuses his lens principally on three women: Dorothea (Annette Bening), Julie (Elle Fanning) and Abby (Greta Gerwig) as they hold […]

I Am Not Your Negro review by O. W. Dee

I Am Not Your Negro By O.W. Dee The documentary film “I Am Not Your Negro” is a deeply felt and engrossing study of the civil rights movement from the perspective of African-American novelist James Baldwin who died in 1987 at the age of 63. Samuel L. Jackson narrates the film, under the direction of Haitian-born Raoul Peck, his text being the writings of Baldwin including archival footage of interviews and lectures. The story is based on an unfinished manuscript […]

Elle- A Review by W.R. Bouday

Elle Reviewed by W.R. Bouday Elle, a revenge fantasy film, jovially upends all our conventional assumptions about female sexuality. The story intrigues us with a nothing-is-what-it-seems, intoxicating blend of wicked, dark comedy and scary wild ride. We have been yearning for filmmakers who can portray our sexuality in all its complexity and contradiction and Elle, thanks to the talents of French actress Isabelle Huppert and director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct), delivers. Huppert, whose career has been built on obsessive characterizations […]

Moonlight Review by Dan Missildine

Moonlight is a film of surprising, extraordinary tenderness set in an environment of severe emotional and material deprivation. The story of Chiron, a boy growing up in the Liberty City section of Miami, is played by three different actors over several phases of his life. He struggles to survive with a drug-addicted single mother while being bullied at school for his less than macho manner. The depiction of his isolation by director Barry Jenkins is almost too heartbreaking to bear. Moonlight has […]

Moonlight by MacKenzie Richards

Never has the struggle of what it means to find yourself amidst a sea of people telling you what you are and who you should be been so deftly communicated than in Barry Jenkins’ stunning film Moonlight. You’ve probably heard a bit about the film — it’s essentially a triptych following the life of a young man trying to understand his identity in drug-devastated Miami. But this simple plot description doesn’t convey the empathy, the scope, or the beauty of […]

The Love Witch Review by W.R. Bouday

The Love Witch, directed and written by Anna Biller, is a campy spoof of 1960s style sexploitation films, Russ Meyer’s Vixen! comes to mind, but with a macabre comic feminist twist. Samantha Robinson plays Elaine, a recent divorcee who has been dumped by her husband, and is determined to get another man – or simply more men. To do so she studies occult magic and concocts various love potions which entrance her male quarry but lead to deadly, although seemingly […]

The Handmaiden Review by O.W. Dee

The Handmaiden reviewed by O.W. Dee The Handmaiden is a lush, fascinating look at Korean and Japanese culture in the early 20th century – a sort of Asian Downton Abbey – with sex. The erotic story, directed by Park Chan-Wook, about a group of thieves who infiltrate a wealthy family, is filled with deception, plot twists and double crosses. Although based on Sarah Waters’ British novel, Fingersmith, the setting easily transfers to the rigidly formal world of South Asia. A […]

All Contained in Void Review

All Contained in Void Reviewed by O.W. Dee I had the privilege of seeing an early screening of Whit Missildine’s film All Contained in Void at the San Francisco Film Festival, where it was well received and elicited an encore showing. I’m happy to report this insightful documentary is coming to Zoetropolis, Oct. 14th. The film explores the parts of our world from which we all too often turn away: the public spaces inhabited by the forgotten members of our society: […]

Girl Asleep- by Dan Missildine

Girl Asleep The sleek little Australian film “Girl Asleep,” may be a low budget independent, but the movie has it all. Acted in the style of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Girl Asleep is a sometimes spooky, often funny and ultimately moving look at the tribulations and growth of Greta, played by Bethany Whitmore, as she turns 15. The socially awkward adolescent moments are directed by Rosemary Myers in a stilted way that can be squirm-inducing as we sympathize with the […]

Zoetropolis: An Appreciation by Dan Missildine

When I moved to Lancaster several years ago, I anticipated many wonderful cultural advantages to my new city but I was most surprised by the hidden gem of Zoetropolis Theatre. When I found this cozy little hideout at the corner of James and Mulberry on the northwest side of the city, I felt immediately at home. Having tired of the crowds and madhouse of multiplex cinemas and especially their disdain for foreign and unrated films, I eagerly embraced the offerings […]