Arts & Events

A Rare Film Event: Brooklyn Meets Oakland: On the Screen and in the Streets

By Gar Smith
Saturday April 13, 2013 - 10:15:00 AM
The Arena Footprint

Why on Earth would a film from Brooklyn be crossing the country to screen in Oakland? Two good reasons: (1) Oakland used to be called Brooklyn (see below) and (2) this award-winning East-of-the Hudson documentary tells a story of Big Development versus Community Resistance than resonates with a local history of poor, established neighborhoods bulldozed into oblivion to make way for freeways, shopping malls and sport stadiums. -more-

The Company You Keep
Opens April 12 at the Albany Theater

By Gar Smith
Saturday April 13, 2013 - 08:21:00 AM
Robert Redford as Jim Grant

Robert Redford returns to the screen as actor/director for the first time since his 2007 anti-Afghan war film, Lions for Lambs. Based on a book by Neil Gordon, The Company You Keep takes the premise of "The Fugitive" and gives it a Weather Underground spin. The cast is not just stellar: it is downright A-List cosmic. The dialog crackles and the directing is sure-footed and fast-paced, but I had some reservations. So, do yourself a favor: See and enjoy this film first. And only then, read the rest of this review. -more-