Posts By: John Rodzvilla

Leonard Cohen Doffing his hat

Tribeca Festival June 8-20

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‘The city that never sleeps’ has awakened to two renamed institutions since the onset of Covid: The 92nd Street Y is now known as 92NY, signaling a momentous decision to begin streaming much of its top-drawer cultural programming to the world. And the former Tribeca Film Festival’s 22nd season of multiple events on a myriad… Read more »

New Directors/New Films April 20–May 1

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A major international hotel chain some years ago positioned its appeal to travelers as “the best surprise is no surprise.” The premise was that most vacationers want the predictability of home wherever they go. That line didn’t play well in Manhattan, where surprise is the order of every day. Most of us moved here to… Read more »

Clare Monnelly stares out a window.

Chicago Irish Film Festival: Films from the lands of storytelling

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The Chicago Irish Film Festival, an annual festival created by Irish filmmakers to present diverse and creative independent films to worldwide audiences, will hold its 23rd annual festival as a hybrid festival. Audiences can join the screening venues in person from March 3 to March 6 and they can also enjoy the festival online from… Read more »

Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon in the ocean.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema March 3-13

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Signs of spring are budding through New York City. Cartier just debuted the season’s most welcome ad campaign, with scores of residents in all five boroughs weighing in on why they wouldn’t live anywhere else. The citywide infection rate has plummeted from a perilous 22% in January to a far safer 1.3% (Feb. 25). And… Read more »

two women lying in bed.

New Year, New Queer: Am I OK?

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Courtney Gardner reviews Tig Notaros directorial debut,  “Am I OK?,” with a focus on how the friendship between Lucy (Dakota Johnson) and Jane (Sonoya Mizuno) changes after Lucy comes out in her thirties.

683 Days Dark: Emerson’s Bright Lights Series returns to in-person screenings for Spring 2022 season

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“We come to this place for magic” That’s right. Emerson College’s Bright Theater. Almost 700 days after their Spring 2020 season was cancelled due to COVID lockdowns, the Bright Lights Series has returned to in-person screenings. Free and open to the public, Emerson’s Bright Lights screenings showcase weekly independent films from around the world. Following… Read more »