April 7 2015 04:06 PM

Documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado leads rundown of movies screening around town

The Salt of the Earth

Famed photographer Sebastião Salgado surveys the many stages of his multi-decade career in The Salt of the Earth. Co-directed by Wim Wenders and Julian Ribeiro Salgado (Sebastião's son), the film juxtaposes Salgado's work with his memories in beguiling ways. One feels both the weight of the actual image and the responsibility and passion felt by the artist. 

The Salt of the Earth traces Salgado's photographic phases with more clarity and understanding than his personal life. Perhaps it's because his profession often took him to the far corners of the Earth, away from family for long periods of time. The younger Salgado reminisces about the void he felt during those years, and the film acts as a way for the two of them to reconnect. Wenders' inspiration is far more traditional; he was floored by Salgado's photographs of the massive Serra Pelada goldmine in Brazil taken in the early-'80s.  

Like all great artists, Salgado's interests and aesthetics evolved over time. Initially a photographer focusing on the working class, his work eventually turned more political, addressing with brutal clarity some of the worst tragedies in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. These included the mass famine in Ethiopia and genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia. Documenting these events took a toll on Salgado, and Salt of the Earth gives him a momentary forum to explain how he grappled with this crippling loss of faith in the human race.  

Despite its magnificent scope and insight into Salgado's process, The Salt of the Earth, which opens Friday, April 17, doesn't uncover much about the man himself or his critical relationship with wife Lélia, who edited all of his compilations. This seems like a glaring omission in hindsight, especially considering the impact of this collaboration on the trajectory of Salgado's career. 


Havana Curveball: A young and enthusiastic teenager decides to create a grand plan of supplying Cuba with baseballs after being inspired by the holy words associated with his Bar Mitzvah. 

Kill Me Three Times: After a botched assignment, a professional hitman played by Simon Pegg gets wrapped up in three different tales of murder, blackmail and revenge. 

Mr. Kaplan: An older Uruguayan man of Jewish descent suspects a fellow community member of being a runaway Nazi, and enlists the help of a retired police officer to investigate. 

Ned Rifle: The final leg of Hal Hartley's trilogy that includes 1997's Henry Fool and 2006's Fay Grim, this drama/absurdist comedy tells the story of a young man who sets out to take revenge on his criminal father. 

The Longest Ride: An older man reflects back on his life while he's trapped in a crashed car. 

The Salt of the Earth: Wim Wenders and Julian Ribeiro Salgado's documentary examines the life and work of famed photographer and activist Sebastião Salgado. 

White God: An army of dogs wreaks havoc all across a European city after one particular canine is cast out by the father of its owner, a young girl named Lili. 

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Una Piccola Impresa Meridionale (A Small Southern Enterprise): The Italian comedy looks at a family of outcasts trying to find some sense of balance. Screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. 

Wild: Reese Witherspoon plays a tormented young woman who decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in order to find herself. Based on the popular memoir by Cheryl Strayed. Screens at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills. 

The Room: The best worst movie of the 21st century has to be seen to be believed. Screens at 11:55 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Ken Cinema. 

The Judge: Robert Downey, Jr. plays an attorney who returns to his small-town home to defend his court judge father who is suspected of murder. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library. 

The Double: A young man (Jesse Eisenberg) living in a dystopian future meets his doppelganger at his place of employment. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the San Diego Central Library in East Village. 

In Secret: Elizabeth Olson stars as a sexually repressed young French woman trapped in a loveless marriage during the 1860s. She meets a mysterious stranger who offers her the freedom she has never felt before. Screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library. 

Calvary: A Catholic priest (Brendan Gleeson) living in Ireland has his life threatened by a parishioner, and then decides to begin a week of self-reflection that could change his life. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Scripps Ranch Library. 

I am a Girl: A documentary that explores the lives of six young girls experiencing the trials and tribulations of growing up. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at La Jolla Village Cinemas.

Now playing

An Honest Liar: This documentary explores the worldview and life of James Randi, renowned stage magician and skeptic of the paranormal.

Danny Collins: Al Pacino plays an aging rock star who discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon, the contents of which force him to reassess his life. 

Furious 7: The criminal pit crew led by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker is back and ready to battle with Jason Statham's villain in this globetrotting action film that is sure to have some out-of-this-world stunts.

The Lovers: Time travel, romance, and swashbuckling action: Who could ask for more from a Josh Hartnett movie? Screens through Thursday, April 9, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

Welcome to New York: Abel Ferrara's insane film follows Mr. Devereaux (a character played by Gerard Depardieu based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn), a powerful economic titan who also has a voracious sexual appetite. Screens through Thursday, April 9, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

While We're Young: Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play insecure and bored 40-something's whose life together gets a boost after meeting a young hipster couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). 

Woman in Gold: Helen Mirren plays an elderly Jewish women who, with the help of a young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), attempts to reclaim the possessions stolen from her by the Nazis during WWII. 

Get Hard: A white-collar criminal (Will Ferrell) bound for San Quentin enlists the help of a smooth-talking friend (Kevin Hart) to prepare him for life behind bars. 

Home (3D): An alien on the run from his own species lands on Earth and makes friends with an adventurous young girl trying to find herself. 

October Gale: Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman star in this thriller about a killer stalking the residents of a remote Canadian island. Screens through Thursday, April 2, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.  

Queen and Country: John Boorman's playful sequel to his autobiographic hit Hope and Glory finds the character of Bill Rohan entering the army right before the Korean War. Screens through Thursday, April 2, at the Ken Cinema

Serena: Bradley Cooper stars as a logging baron trying to make it rich in Depression-era North Carolina. His business starts to crumble after meeting a mysterious young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) with a traumatic past.

Seymour: An Introduction: This tender documentary about pianist Seymour Bernstein doubles as a passionate love story about the power of craft and music. 

The Hunting Ground: Investigative documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick looks at the wave of sexual assaults on college campuses across the United States. 

Wild Canaries: The mystery film gets a hipster twist in this madcap comedy about a bickering couple that tries to uncover the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of a neighbor. Screens through Thursday, April 2, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.  

Merchants of Doubt: Robert Kenner's documentary about pundits-for-hire tells an unspeakable truth about corporate malfeasance in America today.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent: Super-revolutionary Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) confronts the powerful alliance that threatens to tear her society apart. 

The Gunman: Sean Penn plays a former special-forces soldier who must clear his name after his old compatriots try to frame him.

The Wrecking Crew: This documentary tells the story of The Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians who helped revolutionize the West Coast sound and win multiple Grammy awards in the 1960s and '70s. Screens through Thursday, March 26, at the Ken Cinema

'71: During a violent battle in the middle of Belfast, an English solider is left behind to fend for himself against a hostile community. 

Ballet 422: Jody Lee Lipes' documentary goes backstage at New York City Ballet to watch the process of an exciting new choreographer named Justin Peck. 

Cinderella: Kenneth Branagh's lavish live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale stars Lily James as the servant stepdaughter who wins the heart of a dashing prince. 

Deli Man: Hungry? This delicious-looking documentary takes a look at the history of delicatessens in New York City and the United States at large. 

Run All Night: A former hit man (Liam Neeson) must go back to his old ways to save his son from a mafia boss out who's for revenge.  

Chappie: Neill Blomkamp (District 9) directs this sci-fi film about a police robot who's reprogrammed to think and feel for himself, drawing the wrath of his totalitarian overlords. 

The Salvation: Starring Mads Mikkelsen as a Danish immigrant seeking revenge for the death of his family, this western set in the 1870s echoes the work of Leone and Eastwood.  

The Second Best Marigold Hotel: The long-awaited, much-anticipated sequel to the movie you never thought would get a sequel, this time sporting the charms of Richard Gere. 

Timbuktu: This Oscar-nominated drama by Abderrahmane Sissako depicts the oppression of a Malian town under siege by Islamic militants. 

Unfinished Business: Three hard-working business associates travel to Europe, hoping to close a massive deal, only to get sidetracked by numerous distractions involving booze and women. 

Focus: Will Smith and Margot Robbie talk wise and look sexy as grifters embarking on one last con job. It's directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris).

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: A distraught Israeli woman spends years in a rabbinical court trying to obtain a divorce from her well-respected husband. 

The Lazarus Effect: Olivia Wilde stars in this thriller about a team of medical students who discover a way to bring back the dead. From the looks of the creepy trailer, this was not the best idea. 

Leviathan: A land dispute in a rural Russian town escalates quickly, leaving a family in ruin and reinforcing the corruption wielded by government and religious institutions. Director Andrei Zvyagintsev updates The Book of Job with striking force.

Red Army: Documentary about the Soviet Union's famed Red Army hockey team, as seen through the eyes of the squad's leader.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2: In order to save a friend who's been shot, the Hot Tub gang jumps back into the time machine and begins messing with the past.

McFarland, U.S.A.: Kevin Costner stars as a cross-country coach in a small California town who takes a team of Latino athletes and transforms them into championship contenders. Disney strikes again. 

The Duff: Bianca (Mae Whitman), a teenager who's been labeled unattractive by her more popular friends, decides to lead a social revolution that will undermine the pecking order at her high school. 

The Last Five Years: Richard LaGravenese adapts the famous musical about a struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and her novelist lover (Jeremy Jordan) who experience the highs and lows of a volatile relationship. 

What We Do in the Shadows: Four vampires living in modern-day New Zealand struggle to find happiness and friendship in Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi's hilarious mockumentary.

Fifty Shades of Grey: The perfect Valentine's Day present for your masochistic significant other. 

Kingsman: The Secret Service: Colin Firth leads a team of British secret agents against a maniacal bad guy played by Samuel L. Jackson. 

Seventh Son: Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore team up in the craziest sequel to The Big Lebowski that you could possibly imagine.  

Jupiter Ascending: Have you ever hoped to experience Channing Tatum in full eye shadow and Mila Kunis as a world-saving goddess? Andy and Lana Wachowski's long-delayed sci-fi opus will be your chance. 

Humpback Whales: Experience the awe-inspiring and diverse world of the humpback whale, which 50 years ago was on the verge of extinction. Screens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of the Water: "Making waves in our world." That tagline says it all, really. 

Still Alice: Columbia University professor Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and must come to grips with her own fading memory and mortality.

Song of the Sea: Merging folklore and fairy tale, Tomm Moore's gorgeous animated film tells the story of a brother and sister who get swept up into a fantasy world of selkies, sprites and giants. Screens at Reading Gaslamp Cinemas.

A Most Violent Year: When his business is threatened by a string of armed robberies, the owner of a New York City gas company (Oscar Isaac) must adapt to the volatile surroundings to survive. 

American Sniper: Clint Eastwood's unflinching and critical biopic of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), who became the deadliest sniper during four tours in Iraq.

Paddington: Traveling from Peru, a young bear arrives in London hoping to find a home. There he meets the Brown family, who offer him a temporary safe haven. 

The Wedding Ringer: Who best to impress your new in-laws than a loud, vivacious Kevin Hart? Josh Gad's shy young groom-to-be agrees.

Selma: Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) attempts to create voter reform in Selma, Alabama, a hotbed of racism and disenfranchisement.

Taken 3: Liam Neeson reprises his role as the badass who keeps losing family members to kidnappings. Maybe third time's a charm? 

Into the Woods: Beware the Wolf, Sondheim. Beware the Wolf. 

The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch stars as real-life code breaker Alan Turing, who led a squad of British mathematicians in breaking the Enigma code during World War II.

Unbroken: Angelina Jolie's sophomore effort examines the life of Olympic athlete and World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who overcame extreme odds to survive a Japanese internment camp.

Wild: Based on the best-selling novel, this drama tells the story of Cheryl Strayed, who trekked more than 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail to reassess her troubled life. 

Foxcatcher: Bennett Miller's dark sports film tells the tragic true story of the Schultz brothers (Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum), wrestlers who became forever entwined with the wealthy heir to the du Pont fortune (Steve Carell).

The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is diagnosed with motor-neuron disease just as he's graduating with a doctorate degree in physics from Cambridge and starting a new life with his wife (Felicity Jones).

Birdman: A burnt-out superhero actor (Michael Keaton) tries to mount a play on Broadway in order to prove his worth. It co-stars Naomi Watts, Emma Stone and Andrea Riseborough.

Whiplash: A sadistic music teacher tortures a young drummer at a posh New York City conservatory. 

Hidden Universe: Blast off into the stratosphere with this documentary that uses real images captured from telescopes to examine the vast reaches of space. Screens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. 

Journey to the South Pacific: Let the glorious scale of IMAX take you to the tropical islands of West Papua, where life under the sea is just as lush and vibrant as it is on shore. Screens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.


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