Guatemalan Girls Tell Own Story in Film ‘¡PODER!’

With its online premiere today, this docu-drama handed the reins over to two young women to tell how they challenged their local mayor to increase girls’ access to health care and education. This different way of filmmaking ended up being an empowering process itself.

April Films Open With Action Aliens and Heroines

April 4 brings a bundle of openings: Scarlett Johansson in “Under the Skin” and Gina Carrano starring in “In the Blood.” “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” is another island thriller; and it’s all true.

February Films Favor Dark Fare Over Valentines

Aside from “Endless Love” opening Feb. 14, movie releases on the horizon tackle serious subject matter. “Kids for Cash” is about a juvenile court judge in Pennsylvania who was getting paid to send kids to a private juvenile detention center.

Repression Runs the Gamut in Late October Films

‘Camille Claudel, 1915,’ about a sculptress confined to an insane asylum, begins the run. There’s also the documentary ‘The Square’ about the Egyptian revolution and ’12 Years a Slave,’ based on a mid-19th century memoir of a free black man.