Reviews

Mélanie Laurent's second film as director, Breathe, plays this year's Rendez-vous With French Cinema.

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2015 – Critic’s Choice

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Rendez-vous with French Cinema returns to New York for its 20th year with 22 North American premieres. Senior critic, Kurt Brokaw, sees the slate and divides his favorites into Youth and Crime. With Martin Scorsese as one of this year’s co-chairs, Brokaw insists that indeed, crime does pay.

In Tupilaq, an animated film from Denmark, we see themes of cultural alienation. Courtesy Sundance Institute.

Sundance 2015 – Shorts That Pack a Punch

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“With short films, you have to show your entire world in a split second,” said producer Rasmus Kastberg after the screening his animated short Tupilaq at Sundance 2015. Maddy Kadish highlights this and a handful of other films from this year’s program of 60, selected from 8,061 submissions.

Writer/director Sebastien Silva also stars in Nasty Baby. Courtesy Sundance Institute.

Sundance 2015 – Nasty Baby is Fun But Perplexing

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The film’s title is a strange dichotomy, writes Maddy Kadish from Sundance 2015, and the first part of Nasty Baby “is like a fantasy you don’t want to end.” She and a fellow audience member confer and decide that this film takes a dark turn, and doesn’t come back.

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DOC NYC 2014, November 13th – 20th – Critic’s Choice

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“Too much ain’t enough” might be the cry-of-the-night heard throughout the recent 52nd New York Film Festival and this past spring’s Tribeca film fest now in its 12th year.  Not to be outdone in a town where nothing succeeds like excess, DOC NYC  has burst out of its five-screen IFC Center and twin-screen SVA theater… Read more »

\J.K. Simmons on left, Miles Teller on right.

New York Film Festival 2014 – Critic’s Choice

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Kurt Brokaw returns to the New York Film Festival as our senior critic for the fifth consecutive year. No film is left behind as he chooses his favorites, with reviews starting now and coming in over the next week. The festival runs September 26th through October 12th.

Linklater's "Boyhood" captures Mason ages 6-18.

Linklater’s 12+ Year Gamble on “Boyhood” Pays Off

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With Boyhood, “Richard Linklater, already one of America’s most persistently inventive independent filmmakers, has made movie history with the longest real-time dramatic memoir,” writes senior critic Kurt Brokaw. Read his mostly admiring review here.