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Six Million and One
, September 26, 2012
The past is at once ever-present and ignored according to Six Million and One, Israeli documentarian David Fisher's film about his trip to... More>>
The Double Steps (Los Pasos Dobles)
, September 26, 2012
A bedeviling, blithe Spanish meta-film shot entirely in the dunes and cliff villages of Mali, The Double Steps begins with the tale of... More>>
Genndy Tartakovsky: Cartoons, Not Animation Genndy Tartakovsky: Cartoons, Not Animation
With big-studio millions behind him, the director still goes it alone
, September 26, 2012
"I hate realism," director Genndy Tartakovsky said last week over the phone. "In America especially, we're very narrow-minded as far as animation... More>>
Half a Century in, the New York Film Festival Thrives Half a Century in, the New York Film Festival Thrives
Fit at fifty
, September 26, 2012
In 1963, the pop artist Larry Rivers mounted a scaffold at Broadway and 65th Street and painted a billboard announcing that something new was... More>>
Caesar's Messiah: Rome Invented Jesus, New Doc Claims Caesar's Messiah: Rome Invented Jesus, New Doc Claims
, September 26, 2012
Those were trying times for Rome. Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian Caesars and a big spender with a reputedly homicidal temper, was on the... More>>
In Hotel Transylvania, A Comic Dracula Still Kills Hotel Transylvania
Everybody knows I'm a movie-favorite monster
, September 26, 2012
Casting a tapered, vase-slender silhouette and speaking in a Transylvanian accent with a touch of Borscht Belt, Hotel Transylvania’s... More>>
Richard Peña's Long Goodbye Richard Peña's Long Goodbye
25 years and 700 movies later, an institution exits the NYFF
, September 26, 2012
February 1987. At the end of the meal, the waiter at Shun Lee brought Richard Peña a fortune cookie. Peña, a 33-year-old film... More>>
Looper Makes Time Travel Thrilling Again Looper
Back to the good stuff
, September 26, 2012
Early on in Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller Looper, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sits at a diner and chats with his self from 30 years in the... More>>
Vulgaria Vulgaria
, September 26, 2012
According to the industry’s self-reflexive examinations, film is either the golden height of human imaginative endeavor or as profane and... More>>
Headshot Headshot
, September 26, 2012
Here’s some of the choice mysteries presented in the first reel of Headshot, a seamy, rain-drenched Thai thriller whose title concerns... More>>
Primum Non Nocere Primum Non Nocere
, September 26, 2012
In the hours after the 9/11 attacks, New York City hospitals and blood banks filled with willing donors hoping to be of use on a helpless day.... More>>
Tales of the Night (Les Contes de la Nuit) Tales of the Night (Les Contes de la Nuit)
, September 26, 2012
Sometimes, when you appropriate the storytelling modes of other cultures or time periods, the result is an enormous, semi-informed embarrassment... More>>
The Other Dream Team The Other Dream Team
, September 26, 2012
In the waning years of the Cold War, Americans became more aware of the bad things happening to the good people of the Eastern Bloc, but it... More>>
Solomon Kane Solomon Kane
, September 26, 2012
Nobody seemed to have faith in this benighted, Robert E. Howard–based sword-and-sorcery demi-epic, which is three years old, has already... More>>
Harvest of Empire Harvest of Empire
, September 26, 2012
There's a dignified outrage to Harvest of Empire—most of it warranted—but it too often acts as a driving force rather than the grace... More>>
Stars in Shorts Stars in Shorts
, September 26, 2012
Unlike most anthology films (such as the upcoming V/H/S), Stars in Shorts is composed of preexisting short films that weren't originally intended... More>>
The Waiting Room The Waiting Room
, September 26, 2012
The mandate at Oakland's Highland Hospital, as one doctor says during Pete Nicks's attentive vérité portrait of the place, is to... More>>
Bear City 2: The Proposal Bear City 2: The Proposal
, September 26, 2012
Just because a completely conventional wedding comedy that happens to be about a group of gay men somehow finds a way to include a totally... More>>
Bringing Up Bobby Bringing Up Bobby
, September 26, 2012
Twofers, even unwitting ones like Bringing Up Bobby, make you suspicious for a reason. A rollicking car trip—a mother-and-son duo scamming... More>>
Here's Who Saved the World How to Survive a Plague

David France's stirring history of ACT UP

, September 19, 2012
In his filmmaking debut, journalist David France, who wrote the first story about ACT UP for this publication, assembles a thoroughly reported... More>>
David France on the Plague Years: The history and survival of ACT UP David France on the Plague Years: The history and survival of ACT UP
, September 19, 2012
“Death wasn’t being responded to as a public health problem,” David France says. “It was dealt with with sniggers. It was... More>>
They Call It Myanmar
, September 19, 2012
"This country is unique . . . there's no country like Burma," a woman says minutes into They Call It Myanmar. This is true insofar as the... More>>
End of Watch
, September 19, 2012
Born in 1968, filmmaker David Ayer grew up in the infamously troubled region known as South Central Los Angeles. As an adult, his Hollywood... More>>
, September 19, 2012
The title of Ben Hickernell's Backwards refers to the motions of competitive rowing, but also to its heroine's seeming regression from... More>>
Head Games
, September 19, 2012
While Head Games does feature a number of articulate and consistently intelligent talking-head interviews, it's ultimately not a satisfying... More>>
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