Reviews

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Footnote"

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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"

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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 »

Casting His Bell

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Bosnian filmmaker Nedžad Begović has a knack for taking his own life as a point of departure for films that end up being about much more. And he’s not shy about his intent or the company he wants to keep. In his 2005 documentary Totally Personal, about about his childhood memories and personal philosophies, he… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Corpo celeste"

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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"

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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"

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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

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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

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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 »

"Losing Control" Melds Science and Romance

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When describing their work, directors often talk about their need to reveal the truth. In her narrative feature Losing Control, scientist-turned-filmmaker, Valerie Weiss, shows us how both science and filmmaking involve the pursuit of truth. Weiss wrote a film journal (see links below) for The Independent throughout the making of her film, a comedy about… Read more »

Tribeca 2011: Critic's Choice – Shorts

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Below are the Critic’s Choice short picks. For a fest overview and the features, click here. Critic’s Choice – Tribeca Shorts Eva-Working Title (Dor Fadlon. 2010. Israel. 14 min.) Pentecost (Peter McDonald. 2010. Ireland. 11 min.) New York doesn’t shortchange shorts. The New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films each show selected short films… Read more »