NYFF: ‘Maggie’s Plan’ is a Crowd Pleasing Charmer by Rebecca Miller

NYFF: ‘Maggie’s Plan’ is a Crowd Pleasing Charmer by Rebecca Miller

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: In many ways, filmmaker Rebecca Miller has made a modern day Noah Baumbach film here with the quirky romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan. What I mean by that is Miller traffics in the comedy of educated New Yorkers with her latest movie, in the process also creating a showcase for actress Greta […]

Film Review: Ten Thousand Saints (★★★)

Film Review: Ten Thousand Saints (★★★)

If you’re a fan of strong supporting characters, then the coming of age period piece Ten Thousand Saints (or 10,000 Saints if you prefer) is basically manna from heaven. The film is basically full of them, to the point where our lead character is almost too bland by comparison. That’s sort of the situation throughout […]

Film Review: Good Kill (★★★)

Film Review: Good Kill (★★★)

2015 Tribeca Film Festival: Filmmaker Andrew Niccol has made a living documenting man’s complicated moral relationship with machines/technology. From his screenplay for The Truman Show to directorial outings like Gattaca and Lord of War, for example, Niccol likes to weave morality into things in an often subtly affecting way. He’s up to that again here at […]

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: 15 Most Anticipated Films to Watch

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: 15 Most Anticipated Films to Watch

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will be underway this Wednesday, April 15 with some of the best and talented filmmakers in independent cinema will present their most passionate and thought-provoking projects.  Or at least so we hope.  In terms of finding your general Oscar contenders from Tribeca, you can look at 2014 claiming Netflix’s “Virunga” […]

Film Review: Seymour: An Introduction (★★★)

Film Review: Seymour: An Introduction (★★★)

More often than not, documentaries tend to be heavy material, so whenever a lighter doc comes along that manages to also be high quality, you want to really celebrate it. Actor/sometimes filmmaker Ethan Hawke makes his documentary debut here with the very charming Seymour: An Introduction, which does exactly what it promises to do…it quite […]

New Poster and Trailer for ‘Cymbeline’ with Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, and Dakota Johnson

New Poster and Trailer for ‘Cymbeline’ with Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, and Dakota Johnson

Academy Award® nominees Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor, Boyhood, 2014) and Ed Harris (Best Actor, Pollock, 2000) lead a powerhouse cast including Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson and Anton Yelchin, with Bill Pullman and Delroy Lindo in a gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Supporting Actor

Oscar Circuit: Best Supporting Actor

Our annual look at the individual Oscar categories begins.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2015.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Supporting Actor. AND THE NOMINEES ARE Robert Duvall – The Judge Oscar Scene: “You’re standing in one of the last great cathedrals in this […]

Circuit Rewind: Before Sunrise (1995)

Circuit Rewind: Before Sunrise (1995)

“Before Sunrise,” the film that started the most unlikeliest of trilogies turns 20

INTERVIEW: Ethan Hawke talks ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Predestination’

INTERVIEW: Ethan Hawke talks ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Predestination’

There’s really no other way to put it…Ethan Hawke is on one hell of a ride right now. He’s been pretty consistent his whole career, rarely appearing in anything that really made you wonder about his choices, but now he’s just on another planet. Basically, beginning in 2013 when Before Midnight blew most of us […]

Film Review: Predestination (★★★)

Film Review: Predestination (★★★)

Normally, January is known as one of the prime cinematic dumping grounds for studios. As such, it’s pretty rare to be taken by surprise by an early year release. 2015 however, well it seems to have started off on a good note, as Predestination is a nifty little science fiction tale with a surprisingly satisfying […]

Oscar Circuit: Confidence Going Into Phase 1 of Awards Season

Oscar Circuit: Confidence Going Into Phase 1 of Awards Season

We are one week away from the kick off for Phase 1 of awards season.  Lots of studios and contenders and gearing up for a lengthy 2-month wine and dine to get their films cited by the right groups.  SAG ballots are about to go out, and we have some movement in the latest Oscar […]

BOYHOOD debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack January 6th and on Digital HD December 9th

BOYHOOD debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack January 6th and on Digital HD December 9th

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  –  Hailed as “a moving 12-year epic that isn’t quite like anything else in the history of cinema” (Andrew O’Hehir, Salon), “a breathtaking achievement” (Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post) and “a profound viewing experience” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times), writer/director Richard Linklater’s extraordinary  film BOYHOOD debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD […]

NYFF: Evenings with Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke

NYFF: Evenings with Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke

Over the past couple of weeks, the 52nd New York Film Festival has continued an annual tradition by feting a few noteworthy individuals and giving them a moment in the sun. Each year, a selected artist or two are given an evening in their honor, with this year the two honorees being Richard Gere and Ethan […]

NYFF: Documentaries ‘The Look of Silence’ and ‘Seymour: An Introduction’ Shine

NYFF: Documentaries ‘The Look of Silence’ and ‘Seymour: An Introduction’ Shine

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: The first week of the 2014 New York Film Festival is now in the books, with the most recent day consisting of two highly regarded documentaries. They were Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing companion piece/follow up The Look of Silence as well as Ethan Hawke‘s documentary filmmaking debut Seymour: An Introduction. […]

Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces 2014 New York Film Festival “An Evening With…” Honorees

Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces 2014 New York Film Festival “An Evening With…” Honorees

NEW YORK, September 9, 2014 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host Ethan Hawke on September 30 and Richard Gere on October 8 as guests of honor for “An Evening With…” at the 52nd New York Film Festival. “An Evening With…Richard Gere” will be presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Updating the tribute format from previous years, […]

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