Author: Kurt Brokaw

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw reviews New York’s six major film festivals plus individual features and shorts of merit. He’s taught courses in film noir, early lesbian fiction, and Jewish-themed cinema at The 92nd Street Y for 15 years.

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New York Film Festival 2013 – Critic's Choice

Last year’s 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF) gave a 21-gun salute sendoff to its departing director, Richard Pena. It far exceeded the breadth, width, and depth of a half-century of festivals. This year’s extravaganza, headed by Kent Jones, Film Comment’s scholar/essayist and now screenwriter (Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian), goes even broader,… Read more »

Documenting a Man who Refused Interpretation

Salinger (Shane Salerno. 2013. USA. 120 min.) “Salinger and I got alone together, and I said, ‘Look, what do you want, you want some sales? These guys are supposed to know how to sell books, so screw it, let’s do it.’ So we did it.”–James Avati, who painted the original 25-cent paperback cover (right) of… Read more »

‘Tis the Summer of Women Falling Apart in Films

First let’s briefly summarize three films you may be aware of, all themed around women in various states of acute mental and emotional collapse. Stay with us as we trudge a path toward the single picture worth your wait. The Canyons. Director Paul Schrader said this about his new movie pairing Lindsay Lohan with porn… Read more »

Tribeca 2013: Critic's Choice – Shorts

The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars (Edoardo Ponti. 2012. Italy. 23 min.) Think of it: More than 2,800 shorts were submitted to the 12th Tribeca Film Festival. Sixty made the cut. This one had more advance anticipation and comment than most TFF feature film selections. To no one’s surprise, it’s won the festival’s best narrative… Read more »

Tribeca 2013: Critic's Choice – Features

So what’s new at New York’s most ambitious gathering of all things cinematic? You could start with “a more stable and clear vision” as described by Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, and one of the fests three primary curators. Gilmore, artistic director Frederic Boyer (a former French critic and Cannes program director),… Read more »

New Directors/New Films 2013 – Critic's Choice

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the 42nd annual New Directors/New Films (all 22 features plus 17 shorts) and presents his critic’s choices below. A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm. 2012. Denmark. 99 min.) Piracy at sea is a torrid premise for a terrorist plot. Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s sturdy A Hijacking is the first narrative… Read more »

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2013 – Critic's Choice

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the main slate of the 2013 Rendez-vous With French Cinema showing February 28th through March 10th at the Walter Reade Theatre, BamCinematex, and IFC Center. His critic’s choices include: Populaire (Régis Roinsard. 2012. France. 111 min.) Don’t be misled by the one-sheet poster that places Romain Duris, all… Read more »

"Hannah Arendt" – New York Jewish Film Festival 2013 Critic's Choice

The 22nd Annual New York Jewish Film Festival plays at Lincoln Center January 9-24, 2013. Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw samples 45 films from nine countries and presents his critic’s choices. Note: originally published on January 1, 2013, this story was republished May 31, 2013 with the addition of the Hannah Arendt review. Hannah Arendt… Read more »

DOC NYC 2012 – Critic's Choice

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw discusses critic’s choices from a sampling of DOC NYC’s 61 feature-length documentaries (plus five-day Doc-a-Thon of panels and classes) scheduled to take place at IFC Center and School of Visual Arts Theater, November 8-15, 2012. David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure (Beth Toni Kruvant. 2012. USA. 74 min.) We watch the delicate,… Read more »

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice – "Flight"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices. A festival overview and complete list from 2012 is here. Flight (Robert Zemeckis. 2012. USA. 138 min.) Fifty years in… Read more »