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Two shots of Fox Rich from the movie Time

New York Film Festival – Critic’s Choices

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2020 New York Film Festival – For the first time in its 58 year history, Manhattan’s NYFF wasn’t shown in its  Lincoln Center home.  Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw watched it all online, reviewing his favorite narrative dramas, documentary features, and outstanding shorts.

Photos of the main actors from the series, These Them

The Gay Agenda is Alive and Well: These Thems

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“Look at all these…thems, shes, hes, zirs…” Vero says, leaning against the bar, as the smile of a proud parent reaches across their face. This scene ends with a powerful, incredibly joyful, dance montage overlayed with the Hallway Swimmers’ Night Out, “We are the lucky ones; we have already won. We are together now. Can’t… Read more »

Timothy Richardson and Alexandra Grey leaning against a pink car.

The Tale of Two Star-Crossed Friends

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Would you ever want to go back to your childhood? If so, what would you enjoy most about that trip? I would give anything to feel the unadulterated pleasure that rushed through my body when I learned something for the first time. Gossamer Folds, directed by Lisa Donato, made its premiere at the 2020 Bentonville… Read more »

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One Giant Leap for Mankind

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For the last 13 years, Scott Turner Schofield has been touring his live one-man show entitled Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps. The performance is structured around 127 stories Schofield has as part of his routine, but the order to which the stories are told is entirely up to the audience. As they shout… Read more »

The eponymous “Little Zombies”

Siblinghood Beyond Blood in We Are Little Zombies

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Reality is stupid. This attitude seems to be the underlying mantra of director Makoto Nagahisa’s work thus far. Crashing onto the international film scene like an asteroid exploding into the earth (one that is swirling in clouds of rainbow-hued pixie dust), the inimitable and apocalyptic We Are Little Zombies seeks to distance itself from anything… Read more »

Still from Joyride, three women in a car.

One Last Joyride

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Joyride is more than a short film; it is an experience. Director and writer Edwin Alexis Gomez created an incredibly poetic and multifaceted piece of art. Joyride premiered at the 2020 PBS Film Festival where it won the “Most Popular” film award. The film was produced by Angela Pedraza and Evelyn Angelica Martinez. Joyride tells… Read more »

John Bronco (Walton Goggins) sitting in his jeep.

Tribeca 2020 Short Films: Critic’s Choice

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This year’s 19th Tribeca Film Festival didn’t take place in downtown Manhattan, but Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw was able to view its 63 shorts, chosen from 6,100 submissions. Read his reviews on six favorites.

Belle and Austin sharing a kiss.

Sharpen Your Axe with Razor Tongue

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The US is not shy to acknowledge its long binging habits, boasting some of the highest consumption rates of digital media within the world. With such notorious patterns, it should come to no surprise that the media has been attributed to teaching us how to interact with and understand reality. The media invites us to… Read more »

Jean-Louis Trintignant laughing with Anouk Aimee in background

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema – March 5-15

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You’ll forgive your 81-year-old Manhattan moviegoer if his first three reviews below putter about, pausing to stare at the pleasure of spending a few more evenings in the dark with two of France’s leading ladies. Simply put, these women were two of this viewer’s youthful heartthrobs. They were so, so French! Anouk Aimee, now 87,… Read more »

The New York Jewish Film Festival Jan. 15-28

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The nice curators at The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center have made their own special mitzvah to the city’s residents in January. Out of 30 narrative dramas, documentaries and shorts that comprise the 29th NYJFF, not one, not two, but three separate feature films having their New York premieres are intelligent father/daughter dramas…. Read more »