Movie Diary 5/23/2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass (James Bobin, 2016). Strictly embargoed, they tell me. (full review 5/27)

Paths of the Soul (Zhang Yang, 2015). Tibetans make their 1200-kilometer pilgrimage to Lhasa – walking and kowtowing to the ground every few steps along a highway. It’s actually sort of mesmerizing, as is the digital clarity of the landscape that surrounds the pilgrims. Shows in Seattle International Film Festival.

Ma Ma (Julio Medem, 2015). Committed performances, especially by Penelope Cruz, in this cancer story with some loopy things around the edges. Shows in Seattle International Film Festival.

Women He’s Undressed (Gillian Armstrong, 2015). The story of Orry-Kelly, small-town Aussie lad who became a dress designer to the stars. Not sure why Armstrong felt she had to doll this documentary up with actors and re-creations, as the real story is a good one. Shows in the Seattle International Film Festival.

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