AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY – Review by Carol Cling

This portrait of the famous freedom-fighting artist and activist centers on Ai’s @Large, an expansive exhibition — at San Francisco’s notorious Alcatraz Island — that attracted more than 900,000 people during its 2014-15 run. Unfortunately, the artist himself wasn’t one of them. At the time, the Chinese government had taken away his passport.

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GUEST OF HONOUR – Review by Carol Cling

Like many of Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s psychological dramas, Guest of Honour focuses on such themes as guilt, repentance and redemption, this time filtered through the sins of a father — and his daughter. Yet as this slice-and-dice script bounces around in time and tone, it sets up thematic revelations that, upon arrival, seem more arbitrary than artful.

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THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD – Review by Carol Cling

The Short History of the Long Road may follow a familiar, occasionally derivative narrative route, recalling other, better movies. But it manages to find its own way just the same. Throughout, writer-director Ani Simon-Kennedy keeps The Short History of the Long Road in gear.

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PICTURE OF HIS LIFE – Review by Carol Cling

The documentary dives deep into Amos Nachoum’s background, exploring how, and why the Israeli photographer became a celebrated scuba diver and photographer, specializing in face-to-face images of killer whales, sharks and other underwater creatures. There’s stirring contrast between the stark Arctic setting and the grizzled, dogged “soldier of Mother Nature” dedicated to shooting photos instead of bullets.

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SCREENED OUT – Review by Carol Cling

The current pandemic-related shutdown has given all of us too much time to think. Some of us may be pondering how digital technology has enabled us to stay in virtual touch with family, friends and colleagues. But we’re probably not thinking about what online existence is doing to our brains. That’s the focus of the cautionary documentary Screened Out.

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