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    Wrapping up the 53rd annual New York Film Festival

    Well folks, the 53rd New York Film Festival is now in the books. Once again, it was a pretty strong fest, with tons of movies that unspooled before the eyes of pundits (myself and Clayton included), with a few of my favorites of the year so far in the lot. I think it was a […] More

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    NYFF: ‘Miles Ahead’ is an equally ambitious and flawed biopic

    An unconventional musical biopic that works most successfully as a filmmaking calling card for actor turned writer/director Don Cheadle, Miles Ahead is the sort of ambitious, flawed, and just plain odd movie that you often see on the festival circuit. Probably best viewed as more of an indie experiment than an Oscar contender, the New […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: Brooklyn (★★★½)

    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Often movies have a magical quality as you’re viewing them.  Some will demand your undivided attention, others will hypnotize your senses, leaving them to simply wash over you with their exuberance and classic filmmaking procedures.  In the case of John Crowley‘s “Brooklyn,” the latter is certainly the case.  There comes a […] More

  • NYFF Film Review: Son of Saul (★★★★)

    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: We simply don’t deserve László Nemes, the first-time writer/director of Hungary’s submission for the Oscar’s Foreign Language category, “Son of Saul.”  Nemes vacuums everything we think we know about filmmaking and the Holocaust, and gives it a raw, intense, and fresh outlook that we haven’t seen since Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist,” […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: Steve Jobs (★★★)

    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: There are dozens of things to truly admire about Danny Boyle‘s new film “Steve Jobs,” from its ambition to tell a compelling story about a famous man and the structure in which it decides to tell it.  The initial casting of Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender was criticized initially because some […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: Carol (★★★)

    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: The seduction and hypnosis of a Todd Haynes film is hard to deny.  His attention to detail in such films like “Far from Heaven” and “I’m Not There” are simply superb, and one cannot overlook the vision he engulfs upon as he directs each one of them.  In his newest venture, […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: The Lobster (★★★★)

    It took some time to let Yorgos Lanthimos‘ new film “The Lobster” settle into my mind.  On the surface is a dark comedy, full of rich images, and staggering performances from its principal cast.  Deeper lays one of the most original and heart wrenching stories on modern relationships, likely the best seen in film since […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: Experimenter (★½)

    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: There are filmmakers that are often handed cinematic gifts.  Gifts of material, that if done just competently, can be an exciting and thorough outing for all involved, as well as the audience.  Unfortunately, Michael Almereyda‘s “Experimenter” is so bizarrely structured, there’s so little to admire or invest as you’re constantly ripped in […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: The Walk (★★)

    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Robert Zemeckis has created some of the best films of the last 30 years.  “Forrest Gump” is one of cinema’s finest masterpieces, “Back to the Future” revolutionized the time travel genre, and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” is a beautiful merge of animation and the real world.  With his newest effort “The Walk,” […] More

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