Many people know the basic elements of the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But “He Named Me Malala” retells that story in a deft and affecting way.
The first time I became aware of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” was around 1975, when the pioneering, unorthodox British TV sketch comedy series first began airing on a number of PBS affiliates here in the States, five years after the show had launched on the BBC.
Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of Ridley Scott’s epic space adventure, “The Martian.”
October is also the time when the film studios usually push a variety of substandard horror flicks that would likely tank in other, less “scary” months, and when community film societies nationwide tend to program all sorts of creepy classics and fringe-y cult shockers.
Some notable upgrades have been made for “Hotel Transylvania 2,” the sequel to the 2012 Adam Sandler animated vehicle that took a sizable bite out of the box office but proved to be less accommodating where the cobweb-bare script was concerned.
Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” throbs with the public fury and private horror of the real-estate collapse. Set in the Orlando, Fla., suburbs, Bahrani plunges into the ugly, contentious dramas of foreclosure. It’s a war movie where thresholds are the battle lines.
Wes Ball’s adaptation of the first book from James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” young adult novels, about a group of teens consigned to a mysterious labyrinth, yielded a feature that proved it could compete for the same audience as the “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” series
Beth Harrington is a woman of many pursuits. These days, she’s somewhat swamped overseeing the long-awaited independent theatrical release of her latest full-length documentary, “The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music.”