Reviews

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice – "Becoming Traviata"

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The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices. A festival overview and complete list from 2012 is here. Becoming Traviata (Philippe Béziat. 2012. France. 113 min.) The best… Read more »

Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Shorts

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For Brokaw’s feature choices and an overview of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival click here. Critic’s Choice – Shorts Picture Paris (Brad Hall. 2011. USA. 28 min.) The Grand Guignol was Paris’ longest-running theater, offering twin bills of playlets that opened with a slice-and-dice horror tale (using magic illusions and pioneering prosthetics) that left audiences… Read more »

Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Features

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America’s leading brands hold onto their core essences and mission while they line-extend their flavors, colors, sizes and packaging, and they do it endlessly. This is the formula the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) continues to follow as it begins its second decade of “spurring the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district.” TFF’s… Read more »

Postcard from Salem, Mass

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In it’s fifth year, the Salem Film Fest (an all-doc festival) put cement at the base of the flag it planted many years ago. Strong programming, an active volunteer base, enthusiastic business support, and wild audience response made for a powerful week for filmmakers and film lovers alike. As I was only in town for… Read more »

New Directors/New Films 2012 – Critic's Choice

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the entire 41st annual edition of New Directors/New Films, which includes 24 narrative features, 5 documentaries, and 12 short films representing 28 countries. His critic’s choices begin here: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance. 2011. USA. 90 min.) Imagine a self-indulgent, self-conscious, live-action romance exploring… Read more »

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2012 – Critic's Choice

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Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the prescreened main slate of the 2012 Rendez-vous With French Cinema showing March 1-11, at the Walter Reade Theatre, BamCinematex, and IFC Center. His critic’s choices from among 20 films include: Free Men (Les Hommes Libres) (Ismael Ferroukhi. 2011. France. 99 min.) The young Algerian street vendor Younes… Read more »

New York Film Festival 2011 – Critic's Choice

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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. His critic’s choices—from among 27 feature films plus numerous ‘special event’ features, masterworks, “views from the avant garde” and shorts—are excerpted below. Click on the links for full… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Artist"

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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 – "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 »