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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

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Dennis Harvey

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Screen Grabs: War is Hell—and then, onscreen

'The Fatal Alliance: A Century of War on Film' comes to BAMPFA. Plus: 'The Troubles' puts Irish resistance in personal light

Screen Grabs: ‘Spartacus’ with sandworms—’Dune 2′ is a worthy spectacle

Just don't think too much about the optics of old-school fantasy. Plus: Animated Chilean docudrama 'They Shot the Piano Player'

Screen Grabs: Hail international film, including African, Palestinian rarities

Plus: Homage to Italian soundtrack champ Ennio Morricone and Edward Yang's 'Taipei Stories'.

Screen Grabs: High-tail it to ‘Hundreds of Beavers’

Hilarious and chewy. Plus: Jewish Film Institute Winterfest animates Ann Frank, James Baldwin scathes US

Screen Grabs: Two strong films make global immigration personal

'Io Capitano' and 'The Legionnaire' spur empathy. Plus: Gay rarity 'Drifter,' potent noir 'The Road to Shame,' more

Screen Grabs: Look out, there’s an Oscar in your shorts

This year's nominated animated, live action, and documentary shorts are a mixed bag, but there are some rewarding watches.

Screen Grabs: Rare queer films, from the dawn of Gay Lib to the onset of AIDS

Plus: 'Taste of Things,' 'Totem,' 'Perfect Days,' and a mad dash through 10,000 years of history from a sex worker’s perspective

‘How to Have Sex’ at the Mostly British Film Fest (and other cinematic selections)

Gems from across the pond include Ken Loach's swan song, an expanded Irish section, and a 'Local Hero' revival.

Screen Grabs: Has democracy peaked? Ask the monk with the gun

Elections bring trouble in Bhutan. Plus: Franz Rogowski meets French imperialism in 'Disco Boy,' pretty but plodding 'Peasants'

Screen Grabs: 50 years later, ‘Zardoz’ still fascinates (Sean Connery’s outfit included)

... and 'Blazing Saddles' still, well, farts. Plus: Unusually touching 'The End We Start From' and thriller 'Restore Point'