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‘Diamantino’: Soccer, Surrealism & Satire Score Big In This Portuguese Oddity...

Sometimes a film cannot be pinned down to a specific genre. “Diamantino,” which screened during the New York Film Festival this past week, is that perfect example. A hybrid of sci-fi, comedy, fantasy, romance, and surrealism, “Diamantino” defies explanation and follows its own beautifully dark and twisted creative whims. READ MORE: New York Film Festival: 15 Must-See Films To Watch […]

‘Diamantino’: Soccer, Surrealism & Satire Score Big In This Portuguese Oddity...

Sometimes a film cannot be pinned down to a specific genre. “Diamantino,” which screened during the New York Film Festival this past week, is that perfect example. A hybrid of sci-fi, comedy, fantasy, romance, and surrealism, “Diamantino” defies explanation and follows its own beautifully dark and twisted creative whims. READ MORE: New York Film Festival: 15 Must-See Films To Watch […]

‘Border’ Is A Compassionate, Empathetic Monsters Ball [NYFF]

Tina’s upper lip quivers as she sniffs the air. She’s in uniform, watching as passengers stroll through an airport terminal corridor. She’ll pull one off to the side and find hidden booze, drugs, even secrets. Tina has a talent; she can smell emotions like guilt and fear and shame. As border security guards go, she’s […]

‘Roma’: Alfonso Cuarón Discusses Digging Into His Past For His Most...

It’s too bad Alfonso Cuarón hasn’t made more films in the past twenty years, because every single one seems to be both wonderful and a complete departure from his last project. After spending years working on new technology for his 2013 Oscar-winning adventure in orbit “Gravity,” Cuarón has spent his time since then diving into […]

‘The War At Home’ Exclusive Trailer: 4K Restoration Of The Oscar-Nominated...

With protests happening regularly nowadays, whether they’re regarding Supreme Court justices, the National Anthem, or gun law reform, there probably couldn’t be a timelier film to hit theaters than Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown’s “The War at Home.” And thanks to the folks at IndieCollect and Catalyst Media Productions, the Academy Award-nominated 1979 documentary […]

Charles Ferguson’s Timely ‘Watergate’ Doc Is Routine But Vital [NYFF Review]

It’s been a hell of a week. A divided, partisan country ripped at the seams and what was once a split has become an unnavigable chasm. The protracted and ugly Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh turned into a culture war — left vs. right, men vs. women — when a courageous woman came […]

‘Monrovia, Indiana:’ Frederick Wiseman Delves Into Rural America [NYFF Review]

At 88 and with an honorary Oscar under his belt, Frederick Wiseman has spent so long exploring the intricacies of American institutions via documentary film that he himself has become an institution. But as usual, there is no trace but style of Wiseman in his latest effort, “Monrovia, Indiana,” which turns his lens on a […]

‘Sorry Angel’: Christophe Honoré’s Latest Is A Tender, Tentative Romance [NYFF...

Equal parts “Weekend” and “120 BPM” – while still being a pure product of writer-director Christophe Honoré – “Sorry Angel” is a tender, tentative romance, simultaneously full of both life and death. Set in 1993 in France, AIDS casts a dark shadow over the relationship between two men who can’t stay away from each other, despite the […]

New NYFF Trailer Hypes Up Everything You Can Expect From The...

If you guys were keeping track, you might have noticed that the last few weeks have been all about the fall festivals. All told, we posted approximately 50 reviews from TIFF and another 30-ish from Venice and Telluride. You would assume that by now that we’re all burnt out on festival coverage. Well, you’re wrong! […]

2018 NYFF Announces Full Lineups For Retrospective And Revivals Sections

While Toronto, Venice, and Telluride might be the fall film festivals with all the world premieres, the 2018 New York Film Festival is set to feature many of the big names that are debuting this fall, including new works by Barry Jenkins, Alfonso Cuarón, and the Coen Bros. But one of the best parts of […]

Dee Rees Talks ‘Mudbound’ And Netflix As A “Place For Auteurs”

Dee Rees has been steadily shaking up the Hollywood film industry with her critically acclaimed work in films like “Pariah” in 2011 and HBO’s “Bessie” in 2015. She continues on her streak of critical successes with “Mudbound” which premiered at Sundance earlier this year to great acclaim.  The cast of the film stopped by the New York […]

Julianne Moore & Todd Haynes Talk The Magic Of ‘Wonderstruck’ [NYFF]

“Wonderstruck” is a film unlike any other, binding two very different time periods together into one cohesive cinematic experience. The cast stopped by the New York Film Festival on Saturday to discuss the film’s magic, why it might resonate with both children and adults, as well as its influences. Featuring a cast of extremely gifted […]

‘Spielberg:’ The Craft and Evolution Of An American Icon [NYFF Review]

Like the air we breathe, the influence of Steven Spielberg on contemporary film is so pervasive that it’s difficult to step back and analyze. It’s a commonplace to assert that Spielberg-inflected cinema has become the norm since he broke through with the paradigm-shifting success of “Jaws” in 1975 and while that’s broadly true, it does […]

The Past Haunts The Present In ‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’...

Though the titular crime happened in 1944, there’s a sense of urgency to Nancy Buirski‘s “The Rape of Recy Taylor.” Like last year’s “13th” and “I Am Not Your Negro,” this documentary centers on the past, but its pertinence to today’s culture is striking – and utterly devastating. The tragedy of what happened to Taylor […]

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