Film Festival

Two hands hold unto a strip of film in front of a pink light.

Wicked Queer Film Fest Offers a Virtual Encore


The 39th annual Wicked Queer film festival kicked off Friday, March 31, and ran until Sunday, April 9th. The festival started at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art with the spotlight feature “Big Boys,” a coming-of-age comedy about fourteen-year-old Jamie’s first queer crush on his cousin’s boyfriend. The festival also showcased films such as “Will-o’-the-Wisp,” described… Read more »

Man and Woman in front of large window.

New Directors New Films March 29-April 9


Late Friday afternoon March 13, 2020, Bill Wolf, the preeminent 94-year-old senior critic of the New Directors/New Films press corp, and this writer scurried out of the Museum of Modern Art on West 53rd St. We’d just finished watching Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, a gorgeous 150-minute Chinese epic, the last film of the first… Read more »

Black girl at ballet class.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema March 2-12


Film for film, performance for performance, there’s no more pleasurable way for cinephiles to weather a Manhattan winter than to rendez-vous for ten days and nights in early March on West 65th Street. Audiences at the Walter Reade and Munroe theaters are civilized and mostly masked, there’s popcorn but the carpeting’s never sticky, no one… Read more »

Boston Jewish Film Festival brings Hebrew Culture to Beantown


The Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJF) runs from November 2-13. 17 films screened in person, and three days of virtual showings followed. The festival “celebrates the richness of the Jewish experience through film and media. Throughout the year, BJF engages and inspires the community to explore the full spectrum of Jewish life, values, and culture,” according to their website. Read More >>

60th New York Film Festival, September 30 to October 16, 2022

New York Film Festival, Sept.30-Oct.16


Above is Nan Goldin’s photo that’s become the poster for this 60th NYFF.  Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words. It celebrates movies as they once were in the 1960s (and long before), when Irving Shulman’s 1947 The Amboy Dukes was the coming-of-age novel for NYC bonehead teens and wayward young adults. Youths… Read more »

Taiwan Film Festival of Boston: Crack and Light


The fourth Boston Taiwanese Film Festival took place on October 1 and 2 at the AMC Boston Common 19. The Taiwanese Film Festival is a non-profit organization aimed at connecting Taiwan to the rest of the world through showcasing stories centered around growth, identity, discovery, and adventure, according to the festival’s website. Read More >>

A person walking through the destruction from a volcano.

DOC NYC Nov. 9-27


No, your reviewer didn’t actually haul a sleeping bag into the IFC Center, Cinepolis Chelsea or the SVA Theatre (16 screens in total). And even if the most fanatic cinephiles had elected all-day, all-night viewing—cinema-crawling from lower 6th Avenue up to West 23rd Street and back, then home-viewing til dawn—they’d have missed some of the… Read more »