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“Since you fell”

In the 1990s, the rise of cocaine and an increase in gang violence fueled what had become a national anti-crime hysteria, leading to news stories that described some drug dealers as “super predators,” which in turn led to legislation that sent children to life in prison. Gilda Shepard’s documentary “Since I Fall” examines how this crackdown has devastated a generation of black and Latino children in Tacoma, Washington, as aggressive police and the introduction of “three strikes” laws have left offenders and their occasional acquaintances off the streets and imprisoned without the possibility of parole.

Sheppard tells this story on two parallel tracks. Part of the film is flashbacks to the ’90s, with portraits, reflective interviews, and photos from old newspapers pieced together to show how the pervasive anxieties around raging, dehumanizing gangs contrast with what was already happening in the slums of Tacoma. Behind the footage on the front page were underprivileged children, drawn into a life of crime with their promise of money and a sense of community.

But the real point of Since I Fall – and what makes the movie so powerful – are the scenes that show these men and women still imprisoned today. Stuck in institutions that showed little interest in rehabilitating surviving people, former gang members educated themselves and joined support organizations, effectively reconfiguring themselves as productive members of society – but only if society expelled them 30 years ago from any ever restored.

“Since you fell.” unclassified. 1 hour and 45 minutes. Available on VOD

There are no saints

A man in a dark corridor in the movie

Jose Maria Yazbek in the movie “There are no saints”.

(Paramount Pictures / Saban Films)

The story behind the revenge thriller No Saints is more misrepresented than the movie itself. Originally titled “The Jesuit,” the film was written by accomplished director Paul Schrader to direct himself more than a decade ago, with a cast that included Oscar Isaacs, Willem Dafoe, and Michelle Rodriguez, according to showbiz dealers at the time. The project failed but the script survived, and it was eventually brought to screen by director Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, who showed a cut for Schrader in 2014.

The final film (which is said to have seen other changes over the past eight years) stars Jose Maria Yazbec as Neto Ninte, a serial killer who embarks on a violent mission across Texas and Mexico after hunting down his family’s crime boss. Neto joins a stripper named Inez (Shenen Sosamon) and is sometimes aided by a type of “fixer” named Carl (Tim Roth), wreaking havoc on his way toward one big boss (Neil McDonough), only to discover that another (Ron Perlman) has to get off. to get satisfaction.

In short, “There Are No Saints” is part of Schraeder’s work on images like “Taxi Driver” and “Hardcore”, in that it is about a dumbly obsessed man whose hero complex causes more problems than it solves. But the overall look is more kernel than arty; Whether it’s because of the complicated situation behind the scenes or not, the movie feels choppy, with even the most profound torture scenes ripping off any deeper meaning. No Saints is like a ghost movie, drifting from the past into our present – still chasing its path, but hazy about its mission.

“There are no saints.” R, for strong and disturbing violence, ubiquitous language, sexual content and nudity and some substance abuse. Show duration: 1 hour and 39 minutes. Galaxy Theaters Mission Grove, Riverside; Also on VOD

“zero connection”

Early in the pandemic, plenty of talented and enthusiastic filmmakers tried to make the best of the bad situation, working on social distancing protocols to tell stories they hope will challenge and entertain the millions stuck at home. That same motive certainly drove the creative team behind the sci-fi drama “Zero Contact” – although their film ultimately turns out to be more mystifying than inspiring.

Anthony Hopkins plays Finley Hart, a recently deceased tech guru who made his fortune in data mining. When his followers start receiving strange video messages that may be from Finley, they are unsure whether they should carry out the orders of their late boss or if this is some kind of AI-induced glitch that could spell disaster. The deliberations that followed took up the bulk of “Zero Contact,” as a slew of characters – calling from 16 countries – bark at each other through their computer screens.

Director Rick Dugdale does a great job of keeping the actors’ energy; And the actors do their best with dialogue that consists mostly of complex jargon, including speculation on topics including machine learning and time travel. However, “Zero Contact” — shot largely via Zoom — feels more like an endless conference call than a thriller it’s meant to be.

Zero connection. Rated R for some violent content and abbreviated language. 1 hour and 37 minutes. Available in select theaters and on VOD

Quest: Nepal

Alex Hartz’s documentary “The Quest: Nepal” is a straightforward story of first-person mountaineering and a fascinating attempt to honor the culture of the local communities on Mount Everest. The Everest climbing sections in the film go through the stages familiar to these kinds of stories, as Harts and his team of base camp move through the various stages of ascents, while dealing with altitude sickness, cold weather, and treacherous terrain. The video they got from the top is of course beautiful. But the more interesting parts of “The Quest” include Hearts’ conversations with the Sherpas, part of the director’s larger insistence on including people who are often left out of Everest’s narratives. Although it has a polished look, “The Quest” sometimes feels more like an expensive YouTube vlog than a proper documentary. However, it works fairly well as a compact and personally meaningful history of human Everest obsession.

Quest: Nepal. unclassified. 1 hour 10 minutes. Available on VOD


“Navalny” It is a documentary about Alexei Navalny, a Russian dissident who has been one of Vladimir Putin’s most famous and popular opponents in recent years. Directed by Daniel Rohr, the film covers Navalny’s political activism through the story of his recovery from a mysterious poisoning in 2020. Available on HBO Max

‘We feed the people’ is a documentary by Ron Howard about Chef Jose Andres, who in addition to all his accomplishments as a restaurateur and culinary celebrity has helped hungry people around the world over the past decade through his global nonprofit Central Kitchen. Howard captures some of the most amazing moments from Andrés’ mission, which saw him and his team of volunteers with food in the immediate aftermath of disasters, despite logistical difficulties and difficult politics. Available on Disney +

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Mia Goth in the movie “X.”


“X” It’s T West’s best horror film in years: a review of the exploitative cinema of the 1970s that follows a group of paparazzi who encounter life-threatening problems when they surreptitiously attempt to make a movie on a married couple’s old ranch in Texas. Mia Goth is brilliant in a dual role: as star potential Maxine Minx and an elderly Kabrel, who is both fascinated and disturbed by what these kids are doing. Lionsgate

“The Flowers Drum Song” The 1965 Academy Award-nominated film adaptation of the Broadway musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, based on the novel by C.Y. Lee, follows a young Hong Kong-born woman (Miyoshi Omeki) as she adapts to life in the Asian American community of San Francisco. The new Blu-ray release includes a commentary track featuring star Nancy Kwan, as well as extensive features about making a movie that over the years has been seen as equally problematic and groundbreaking. Classic Studio Kuala Lumpur