Reviews

‘Tis the Summer of Women Falling Apart in Films

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First let’s briefly summarize three films you may be aware of, all themed around women in various states of acute mental and emotional collapse. Stay with us as we trudge a path toward the single picture worth your wait. The Canyons. Director Paul Schrader said this about his new movie pairing Lindsay Lohan with porn… Read more »

Postcard from DocsBarcelona

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Last year I had the great privilege to live and work in Barcelona, a city that has regenerated itself in spectacular ways since I first visited in 1986 to present my debut documentary Before Stonewall. One notable addition is the well-programmed and well-run DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival which was launched with support from the… Read more »

Tribeca 2013: Critic's Choice – Shorts

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The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars (Edoardo Ponti. 2012. Italy. 23 min.) Think of it: More than 2,800 shorts were submitted to the 12th Tribeca Film Festival. Sixty made the cut. This one had more advance anticipation and comment than most TFF feature film selections. To no one’s surprise, it’s won the festival’s best narrative… Read more »

Tribeca 2013: Critic's Choice – Features

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So what’s new at New York’s most ambitious gathering of all things cinematic? You could start with “a more stable and clear vision” as described by Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, and one of the fests three primary curators. Gilmore, artistic director Frederic Boyer (a former French critic and Cannes program director),… Read more »

New Directors/New Films 2013 – Critic's Choice

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Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the 42nd annual New Directors/New Films (all 22 features plus 17 shorts) and presents his critic’s choices below. A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm. 2012. Denmark. 99 min.) Piracy at sea is a torrid premise for a terrorist plot. Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s sturdy A Hijacking is the first narrative… Read more »

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2013 – Critic's Choice

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Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the main slate of the 2013 Rendez-vous With French Cinema showing February 28th through March 10th at the Walter Reade Theatre, BamCinematex, and IFC Center. His critic’s choices include: Populaire (Régis Roinsard. 2012. France. 111 min.) Don’t be misled by the one-sheet poster that places Romain Duris, all… Read more »

Sundance 2013: Grand Jury Prize Winner "Fruitvale"

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Before I headed out to Sundance this year, director Ryan Coogler’s name had crossed my radar more than once. He was one of 12 filmmakers selected for the Sundance Institute January Screenwriters Lab in 2012. The lab, located at the Sundance Resort, is an immersive, five-day writers’ workshop for the purposes of developing a feature… Read more »

Sundance 2013: Documentaries Depict Life, Raw and Unplugged

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PARK CITY, Utah – It’s a safe bet that most documentaries won’t make the leap from the film-festival circuit to a multiplex near you. But if a powerful documentary has the right stuff—an intoxicating mixture of compelling subject matter, unique characters and enough luck to connect with festival programmers and audiences alike at the Sundance… Read more »

DOC NYC 2012 – Critic's Choice

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Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw discusses critic’s choices from a sampling of DOC NYC’s 61 feature-length documentaries (plus five-day Doc-a-Thon of panels and classes) scheduled to take place at IFC Center and School of Visual Arts Theater, November 8-15, 2012. David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure (Beth Toni Kruvant. 2012. USA. 74 min.) We watch the delicate,… Read more »