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National Society Of Film Critics Name ‘Lady Bird’ Best Picture Of...

So, thought you could take a break from awards for just one day? Guess again. Last night, the Golden Globes handed out the hardware, and “Lady Bird” took home two big prizes — Best Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Today, A24 and Greta Gerwig can […]

The Best Films Of 2017 You Didn’t See

2017 might be done with us, but we’re not exactly done with it. In traditional Playlist form, it’s never quite clear if the world has moved on from the last year during the early days of January, but regardless, we seem to exhaust all possibilities examining, breaking down and parsing the previous year in film. […]

John Waters’ Top 10 Films Of 2017 Includes ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Nocturama’...

It’s the time of year when every cinephile sifts through the sands of their viewing lists, and comes up with their top ten list of the year. Frankly, a lot of lists echo each other, with the same awards season fare switched around. However, John Waters‘ list is always such a treat because, a true […]

The 25 Best Films Of 2017 So Far

We’re firmly into June now, and fast bearing down on the midpoint of 2017, a year that’s shaping up to be the longest goddamn year in history (fun fact: at the start of 2017, Barack Obama was President of the United States!). Fortunately, in between the insanity of the news, it’s been a pretty strong […]

Podcast: Adjust Your Tracking Talks ‘Colossal,’ ‘The Discovery,’ ‘Five Came Back’...

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I start things off with more chatter about the state of going out to the movies, and how things are rapidly evolving in this streaming era. We then move on to our two main reviews: new Netflix speculative sci-fi drama “The Discovery” and Neon‘s new release in […]

10 Films To See In April

In these increasingly heated political times, when our world is marked by confusion, division and dissent, it’s vital to stay engaged. It’s gnarly out there. But, as per usual, the cinema is a place for escape from and high engagement with this world we live in. Perhaps this month’s column can serve as a clearheaded, […]

The Future Is Forever Changed In New Trailer For Cristian Mungiu’s...

One moment can change everything, and the journey to try to adjust a life that’s forever been rerouted can be perilous. This is what Cristian Mungiu explores in his upcoming “Graduation,” which won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival last year. READ MORE: The 20 Best Movies Of 2017 That We’ve Already Seen The latest […]

Rules Are Broken In New U.K. Trailer For Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-Winning...

How far would you go to ensure your daughter’s future? In Cristian Mungiu‘s (“4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days” and “Beyond The Hills“) new film “Graduation,” a father is in a moral and ethical bind that has unexpected consequences, in what looks like another terrific effort from the Romanian filmmaker. Adrian Titieni, Lia Bugnar, Maria Dragus, and Malina […]

The 20 Best Movies Of 2017 That We’ve Already Seen

Well, here we are, in the brave (terrifying) new (still terrifying) world of 2017. Whatever else we have to expect in the 363 days to come (and actually, the first 48 hours have been pretty good on the whole), it promises to be a good year for the movies, as you might have seen from […]

Jessica Kiang’s Top 20 Films Of 2016

I don’t think I’m the only person to have wondered about the usefulness of watching, discussing and writing about film — or any art — when it feels like outside the theater, the sky is falling. Great chunks of catastrophe are raining down from the heavens and I’m pondering crucial issues like the mythology of […]

Graduation – VIFF 2016 Review

Cristian Mungiu’s provocative Graduation––which he shared the Best Director prize at Cannes 2016 with Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper, also screening at VIFF––is as intricate as it is sharp and unsettling. Adrian Titieni is gripping as grey-haired Dr. Romeo Aldea and he dominates almost every frame of this arresting Romanian drama. Mungiu, who won the Palme… Read more »

2016 New York Film Festival Lineup Adds Films From Barry Jenkins,...

With the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival getting their respective lineups solidified, now it’s time for the New York Film Festival to unveil what will be coming to the Big Apple this fall. The fest has already teased a trio of great pictures, with Ava DuVernay‘s documentary “The 13th” to open proceedings, […]

Cannes: Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Wins Palme d’Or; Xavier Dolan...

Twelve days of cinephile heaven are over as the Cannes Film Festival wraps up for another year. This evening in the south of France, the George Miller-led jury have made their selection of the winners. And as per usual, there were some major curveballs. Ashgar Farhadi‘s well-received but not particularly wildly acclaimed “The Salesman” landed […]

Cannes Review: Cristian Mungiu’s Intelligent, Involving, Labyrinthine ‘Graduation’

There was presumably a single, ground-zero favor done way, way back, that needed to be repaid and that ultimately led to what Cristian Mungiu‘s terrific “Graduation” convincingly portrays as the national Christmas-lights-tangle of quid-pro-quo corruption and endemic nepotism, that passes for a system of governance in modern-day Romania. Whichever Carpathian caveman it was who first borrowed […]

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