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Love and Rage — Watching James Baldwin's I Am Not Your Negro

Some of the most acute and devastating insights on race in America came from African-American writer James Baldwin. He grew up in Harlem, moved to Paris to flee racism, and returned for a time during the American Civil Rights Movement; his analysis of the nation has the depth of a thinker who is at once native son and outsider. Director Raoul Peck places Baldwin at the center of a new film, I Am Not Your…

Stooges revisited: Jarmusch explores heady days of Iggy Pop

In the early eighties Jim Jarmusch was part of a wave of filmmakers inspired by punk rock. With its minimalist non-plot and stark, noir-ish texture, his first feature film, "Stranger Than Paradise," was emblematic of the same DIY qualities as the corresponding indie music movement. His first foray into rock filmmaking, "Year of the Horse," which followed Neil Young and Crazy Horse on their 1996 tour, might have seemed a bit incongruous for a street-punk…

Maine Cannabis Film Festival explores battles for medical pot across the globe

Next month, Mainers will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The state legalized medical marijuana in 1999, but since then, several other ballot measures to let one light up without a pot license have failed.     The Maine Cannabis Film Festival, on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Empire in Portland, features 14 hours and 17 different takes on the topic, from documentary to comedy, education…

Food for thought: Sausage Party co-writer muses about crude humor, where to draw the line

Ariel Shaffir, one of the co-writers of the current R-rated, animated hit “Sausage Party,” first met Seth Rogen on a camping trip to the Holy Land in 1998. Years later, Shaffir befriended Rogen’s writing partner Evan Goldberg at McGill University. After Rogen and Goldberg found some success, Goldberg suggested Shaffir and his writing partner Kyle Hunter come work for him. Shaffir has been involved as a writer or a producer on several films, most starring…

Kinonik movie series revives classic screenings on Exchange

The marquee at the Movies on Exchange Street is lit back up, with a new nonprofit group taking over to bring movies on film to Portland again. The Kinonik movie series opened this past First Friday with “The Third Man,” Graham Greene’s story of World War II intrigue set in Vienna and starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton and Trevor Howard. The name of the film series comes from the old Kino Kabaret, an innovative filmmaking…

PMA’s big screen: Museum features revamped film series with dining options

Portlanders often bemoan the lost of the art movie house that once blessed Exchange Street, and add wouldn’t it be nice to order food and wine, sit in a comfy chair and watch amazing films otherwise only available at film festivals. But the Portland Museum of Art’s revamped film program offers to fill this urge for better entertainment, starting last week with the sold-out Portland premiere of Tumbledown, and following up this weekend with The…

A newbie Awakens: This non-fan becomes a convert after seeing the latest Star Wars film

My palms were sweating as I stood in line to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This wasn’t from anticipation. I had surprised my boyfriend with tickets on the film’s official opening day and, while we stood in the fan-filled lobby and my boyfriend talked shop with a fellow nerd, I was filled with dread at the thought of a fellow movie-goer finding out my secret: I’d never seen the other movies in the franchise.
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