[TRAILER] Follows jazz legend Billie Holiday (Andra Day) during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she has a tumultuous affair. [more inside]
[TRAILER] Director Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs. [more inside]
British director Basil Dearden followed his gay blackmail thriller Victim with 1962’s All Night Long, which re-imagines Shakespeare's Othello at a late night London jazz jam. Patrick McGoohan is drummer Johnny Cousins, the scheming, pot-smoking Iago who prowls the party stirring up jealousy and fear to tear the interracial couple of bandleader Aurelius Rex and his wife Delia apart so Delia will sing with Johnny when he leaves Othello's band. An excellent score helps drive the tightening downward spiral, with Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck showing up as themselves throughout the party. [more inside]
City of Ghosts: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Featuring a blend of animated characters and live-action settings, CITY OF GHOSTS is a documentary-style series about a group of kids in LA who learn about the rich history of their city through encounters with friendly ghosts. Now streaming on Netflix. [more inside]
A jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles meet, with lots of dancing, singing, and bright colors. Directed and written by Damien Chazelle. Co-starring: the city of Los Angeles. Now playing in a few cities; a wider release coming Friday December 16th. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Free Falling Season 1, Ep 16
Kat throws herself a birthday party, Abigail stirs up trouble.
Dance Academy: My Life en Pointe First Watch Season 1, Ep 15
A German exchange student, Petra, arrives and now Abigail has one more thing to feel legitimately insecure about. Tension between Tara and Christian continues. Kat's Attitude begins to feel like a Problem, even to her.
Dance Academy: Turning Pointes First Watch Season 1, Ep 14
Abigail's not allowed back to class until she gets psychologically and emotionally healthy, which should mean she's ready when she turns about 45. Miss Raine starts bludgeoning Tara a week early. Kat remains a party girl. Sam tries to coax Abigail away from the dark side. Christian rather maturely puts up with the antics of everyone around him, as he is wont to do.
Dance Academy: Family Season 1, Ep 13
It's recital week and everyone's families are visiting. Or conspicuously absent. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Pressure First Watch Season 1, Ep 12
It's exam week and everybody is on their last nerve.
Dance Academy: One Perfect Day Season 1, Ep 11
It's all about control. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Through the Looking Glass First Watch Season 1, Ep 10
Abigail destroys Tara's possessions, then makes up for it by shoplifting. Christian's friend shows up looking for a place to crash, and we find out how Christian got in trouble with the law.
Dance Academy: Heartbeat First Watch Season 1, Ep 9
Kat's hip hop talents and strong opinions bear good fruit.
Dance Academy: Growing Pains First Watch Season 1, Ep 8
The perils of going through adolescence in a high pressure atmosphere with constant scrutiny and zero privacy.
Dance Academy: Crush Test Dummies First Watch Season 1, Ep 7
The students struggle with the two toughest challenges of teenage life: dealing with crushes, and learning hip hop.
Dance Academy: Perfection First Watch Season 1, Ep 6
The one where everyone behaves less than perfectly.
Dance Academy: Real Men Don't Dance Season 1, Ep 5
Yes they do.
Dance Academy: Minefield First Watch Season 1, Ep 4
The boy-girl pairs are assigned confidence tests to prepare them for pas de deux.
A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."
Over one summer weekend, a carnival troupe comes to the southern French city of Rochefort. There, they meet cafe owner Yvonne, her musical twin daughters Delphine and Solange, their baby brother BooBoo, and romantic poet/sailor Maxence. Missed connections, happy reunions, and the arrest of a notorious serial killer ensue. [more inside]
iZombie: Brother, Can You Spare A Brain? Season 1, Ep 2
Liv investigates the death of a very passionate artist and searches for the male zombie she saw in a vision.
Murder, She Wrote: Murder to a Jazz Beat Rewatch Season 1, Ep 14
Jessica is invited to New Orleans by TV station WDX, but arrives two days early by mistake, so her host Jonathan Hawley has 48 hours to show her the 'Cajun paradise' (French quarter). Jessica soon notices the jazz show circuit can be nastily competitive; then clarinetist Ben Coleman dies from an apparent heart-attack during a recording, Jess figures otherwise, but why and how exactly? NOPD Detective Lt. Simeon Kershaw gets help from Jessica investigating Ben's private, artistic and business context, even smuggling...