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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.

"Virunga" made its world premiere at Tribeca.

Tribeca 2014: Critic’s Choice

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Of Tribeca’s 89 features and 60 shorts, senior critic Kurt Brokaw elaborates on his favorites. <i>Chef, Venus in Fur</i> and <i>Virunga</i> started us off and <i>Dior and I, Helium, Today’s the Day, Love In the Time of March Madness, Human Voice, Shaking Free</i> and <i>The Vortex Finds a Host</i> round off the list.

One of a million stills in "Red Hollywood" a documentary of the too-little seen films that fell sway to the Red Scare.

Cinematic Lessons From a Cold War Era

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Kurt Brokaw matches Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s tour de force of clips in their 1995 documentary <i>Red Hollywood</i> with a likewise ambitious recap of those clips. Film students take note, thanks to McCarthy, you haven’t seen everything yet, but this doc will help you get there. Screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center August 15-21, 2014.