In Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life, novelist Mary Ann Evans’ 19th-century challenge to idealism, hypocrisy and religion, Evans (using the nom de plume George Elliot) penned a devastating tale of a settled community facing unwelcome change.

Bear witness to Just Mercy and you’ll soon recognize a story so much more than justice denied to a black man on death row: It’s revelatory of a cancer of America itself. African Americans. Hispanic Americans. Asian Americans. Native Americans. What they, and we, share is a common suffix of i…

In December 2009, I was hard-pressed to articulate my favorite films of the year for Boise Weekly, and I was in a desperate search for presenting the year’s best cinema in unique fashion. Right about the same time, I was sitting in what was then-known as Taco Bell Area, enjoying a Boise Stat…

I’ve long thought that movies have more in common with poetry than other art forms. In an unexpected moment of simplicity or an overt blast of audacity, a film can jump from the screen and land in a very particular corner of your heart. And 2019 was no different. I loved, loved, loved so man…

I simply can’t wait for you open that lovely Christmas present wrapped in fiery red tissue paper with pink ribbons. Inside that handsomely adorned bundle is something even more beautiful: an all-American adventure, genuinely timeless but essentially contemporary. But take notice: The attache…

When Disney+ went live earlier this month—attracting 10 million-plus subscribers in its first 24 hours—the tremors at Netflix and Apple TV weren’t half as much as the full-tilt earthquake felt in the offices of basic cable providers. In fact, Bloomberg.com reports that Netflix defections are…

With increasing frequency, the cinema year's demarcation has been Labor Day or, more specifically, September's Toronto International Film Festival. Simply put, there's everything before TIFF (a flood of stereotypical hit-or-miss reboots or sequels) and everything after (a density of award-wo…

When Boise-based filmmaker Matt Podolsky began exploring the idea of making a documentary about the critically endangered vaquita, he had no idea what he was in for. Not only did his company, Wild Lens Collective, work collaboratively with Leonardo DiCaprio's film company Appian Way Producti…