Reviews

Best of 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival

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At Tribeca’s 17th annual film festival (April 18-29), 46% of 99 features were directed by women! Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw picks his favorite female-centric dramas and documentaries, plus the best of all 55 shorts.

New Directors/New Films 2018

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The Independent’s Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw shares his favorite full-length features and shorts from this year’s New Directors/New Films Festival in New York City. The festival, which introduces audiences to emerging filmmakers from around the world, runs Wednesday March 8th through Sunday April 8th.  It is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.

Rendez-vous With French Cinema – March 8-18

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This March, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns to Lincoln Center celebrating the  richness, originality, and craft of contemporary French filmmaking. The festival, organized by  Florence Almozini and Dennis Lim, runs from March 8th through the 18th. Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw offers insightful reviews of his favorites and information on screenings.

New York Jewish Film Festival – January 10-23

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The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have partnered again in producing the 27th annual New York Jewish Film Festival. The festival showcases films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience. The Independent’s Senior Film Critic, Kurt Brokaw, was at this year’s festival and shares his favorites from a thrilling lineup of documentary, narrative, and short forms.

One difference between “Indie” and “Mainstream”: Money

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Senior Film Critic, Kurt Brokaw, reviews Phantom Thread, the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie
starring Daniel Day Lewis as a 50’s London dress-designer-to-royalty.  In the film, Lewis falls in love
with a simple country girl, makes her his muse, and then pushes her away–as he’s done to some many others. But she’s determined to hold on to him…… Find out why Brokaw recommends you see this Christmas Day opener.

DOC NYC Film Festival Nov. 9-16

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Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw has been a tireless champion of shorts for years. In this 8th edition of DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, he views over 60 curated shorts from ten separate programs. Four are chosen for their timely and timeless quality.

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.

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.”