Reviews

New York Film Festival Sept. 28-Oct.15

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The Independent’s Senior Film Critic, Kurt Brokaw, was at this year’s New York Film Festival. In this article, he reviews his favorites in the narrative drama and documentary genres. Read about the films that captured Kurt’s attention.

The Song of Sway Lake: A Review

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Aditya Sarangi reviews Ari Gold’s lush narrative drama The Song of Swan Lake about young jazz collector, Ollie Sway, who plots to steal a valuable 78 record from his grandmother’s glamorous lake house. The film, which stars Rory Culkin and Robert Sheehan, premiered at the Oaxaca FilmFest in Mexico City and was in competition for the prestigious Best Global Feature.

 

 

 

New York Film Festival Sept. 28-Oct. 15

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The Independent’s Senior Film Critic, Kurt Brokaw, picks early favorites from four shorts programs at this year’s New York Film Festival (Sept. 28-Oct. 15). Read about Brokaw’s picks and where and when these great films will be showing.

Orphan Dreams from Swaziland

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Mike Sullivan reviews Liyana, a new documentary directed by Aaron and Amanda Kopp (former 10-to-watch series winners!) The film, which employs stunning animation, tells the story of five orphaned children living and dreaming in Swaziland.  Liyana premiered at the LA Film Festival in June, where it won “Best Documentary.”

 

 

 

Cannes 2017 Review: Loveless

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Lilla Puskás reviews Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest film Loveless, winner of the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. With Loveless, the award-winning Russian filmmaker returns to his earlier themes of familial and social dysfunction, focusing specifically in this film on parental neglect, human toxicity, and the virulence of media. Loveless stars Maryana Spivak and Aleksey Rozin as the parents of a runaway teen, played by Matvey Novikov.

Cannes 2017 Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Lilla Puskás reviews Yorgos Lanthimos’s new film The Killing of a Sacred Deer, winner of Best Screenplay at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Like the Greek myth to which its title refers, The Killing of a Sacred Deer explores remorse, justice, and the long-term consequences of individual choice. The film is co-written by Lanthimos’s longtime writing partner Efthimis Filippou and stars Collin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.

So You Want to be a Major Film Artist?

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Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw reviews Water and Sugar, a ten-film retrospective on the life and work of Director Carlo Di Palma. Brokaw examines highlights of Di Palma’s biography, connecting these to the artist’s unique and celebrated output. Water and Sugar shows at the Walter Reade theater in Lincoln Center from Friday, July 28th through Thursday, August 3rd.

Daje Shelton in Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest’s documentary For Ahkeem.

IFFBoston 2017 Review: For Ahkeem

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Film critic Evan Crean reviews Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest’s documentary For Ahkeem, which screened at the 2017 Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston).