There are those who look at Margaret Keane's paintings of waifs with big eyes and gag. They are the ones wondering why anyone would care who actually painted those ghastly, stunningly manipulative paintings. And then there are those who take the pictures at face value as sentimental or kitsch.
Director Terry Gilliam expresses his fertile visual imagination in his latest film, "The Zero Theorem." In it Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth inhabits a futuristic world where he's plagued by THE eternal question: What is the meaning of life? What is the point? Qohen's pursuit of the answer gives Gilliam the opportunity to showcase his provocative inventiveness.
Rarely does one living person participate in major international events over two and a half decades. But that's exactly what Yehuda Avner experienced as speechwriter and assistant to five Israeli Prime Ministers beginning in 1958. Director, co/producer and writer Richard Trank's informative, well-researched documentary "The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers" presents Avner on camera, narrating his behind-the-scenes observations.
The opening titles of “Django Unchained” announce: “1858. Somewhere in Texas. 2 years before the Civil War.” A chain gang of slaves struggles through the dark, interrupted by an educated, polite individual. In short order the hunt for wanted men and a beloved wife will reveal the underbelly of cinematic depictions of the old West, plantation life, and American myths.