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.

Articles Written by Kurt Brokaw:

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2012 – Critic's Choice

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the prescreened main slate of the 2012 Rendez-vous With French Cinema showing March 1-11, at the Walter Reade Theatre, BamCinematex, and IFC Center. His critic’s choices from among 20 films include: Free Men (Les Hommes Libres) (Ismael Ferroukhi. 2011. France. 99 min.) The young Algerian street vendor Younes… Read more »

New York Film Festival 2011 – Critic's Choice

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. His critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts—are excerpted below. Click on the links for full… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Artist"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. Below is one of his critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts. His complete list from… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Footnote"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. Below is one of his critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts. His complete list from… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "A Dangerous Method"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. Below is one of his critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts. His complete list from… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Corpo celeste"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. Below is one of his critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts. His complete list from… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Turin Horse"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. Below is one of his critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts. His complete list from… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "A Separation"

The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate of the 49th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 30-October 16th. Below is one of his critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts. His complete list from… Read more »

Governments Behaving Badly

Oranges and Sunshine (Jim Loach. 2011. England/Australia. 105 min.) Just when you figured England had more than enough social and political crises on its hands and conscience—the Murdoch/Scotland Yard revelations, rioting in the streets and widespread youthful discontent, for openers—along comes Jim Loach’s knockout, tell-all drama, revealing that many generations of British children through the… Read more »

Summer Doc Reviews: Caves, Cowboys and Coke

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog. 2010. France/Canada/USA/UK/Germany. 90 min.) It’s inevitable when you walk into a Werner Herzog film that you’ll be taken somewhere you’ve never been and usually can’t imagine ever visiting. Early on it was Herzog’s adversarial leading man, Klaus Kinski, who did the heavy lifting in the gruelingly unforgettable dramas Fitzcarraldo,… Read more »