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Purgatorio Captures the Stories on the Mexican Side of the Border Purgatorio Captures the Stories on the Mexican Side of the Border
, October 01, 2014
“Draw a line on a piece of paper and it’s just a line,” says the dulcet-toned narrator of Rodrigo Reyes’s poetic,... More>>
The Subway's the Star in BAM's Transporting Retro The Subway's the Star in BAM's Transporting Retro
, September 24, 2014
The people ride in a hole in the ground," sing the three horny, hopped-up sailors as they ecstatically catalog the city's many marvels in "New... More>>
At 52, the New York Film Festival Hits a Crucial Balance At 52, the New York Film Festival Hits a Crucial Balance
, September 24, 2014
Seventeen days might seem like ample breathing room to take in all the tidily curated bounty of the 52nd New York Film Festival, but the... More>>
Andre Benjamin is Hendrix, but the Women Make Jimi Andre Benjamin is Hendrix, but the Women Make Jimi
, September 24, 2014
Groupie has come to be an ugly word, a misogynist dig that's used all too casually by men and women alike. A groupie is a woman who doesn't "do"... More>>
NYFF: Heaven Knows What Is an Explosive Tour of Heroin and Homelessness in NYC NYFF: Heaven Knows What Is an Explosive Tour of Heroin and Homelessness in NYC
, September 24, 2014
Josh and Benny Safdie’s explosive Heaven Knows What opens with the faces of two young junkies—Harley (Arielle Holmes) and the hooded... More>>
NYFF: The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer's Follow-Up to The Act of Killing, Is Equally Devastating NYFF: The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer's Follow-Up to The Act of Killing, Is Equally Devastating
, September 24, 2014
After the astonishing unreality of The Act of Killing, in which perpetrators of Indonesia’s 1965-1966 genocide reenacted their crimes for... More>>
Gone Girl Is Smartly Crafted, Well-Acted -- and a Bit Too Slick Gone Girl Is Smartly Crafted, Well-Acted -- and a Bit Too Slick
, September 24, 2014
Everything about Gone Girl, David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's enormously popular 2012 thriller about a deteriorating marriage and a... More>>
The Films of Trans-Europ Kinkmaster Alain Robbe-Grillet Now Streaming The Films of Trans-Europ Kinkmaster Alain Robbe-Grillet Now Streaming
Don’t Watch That, Watch This: What’s fascinating, new, and neglected across all major video platforms
, September 24, 2014
Thanks to some oddly unbidden aggregate restoration-licensing phenomenon, we are suddenly awash with the cinema of noveau roman... More>>
NYFF: Eden Drones on Emptily About Electronica NYFF: Eden Drones on Emptily About Electronica
Eden screens Sunday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 7, at the New York Film Festival
, September 24, 2014
A series of clichés delivered with frustrating detachment, Eden finds Mia Hansen-Løve (Goodbye First Love, Father of My Children)... More>>
NYFF: The Dardennes' Two Days, One Night Offers Piercing Ethical Drama NYFF: The Dardennes' Two Days, One Night Offers Piercing Ethical Drama
, September 24, 2014
This latest assured gem from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne recalls the work of their spiritual ancestor Robert Bresson in its rigorous examination... More>>
Grub-Dating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Grayness Grub-Dating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Grayness
, September 24, 2014
The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower, and think of Hitler. That’s an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an... More>>
Nice Guy Denzel Kills in the Cartoonish Equalizer Nice Guy Denzel Kills in the Cartoonish Equalizer
, September 24, 2014
Before its regular-joe hero gets bitten by a radioactive equation and becomes the Equalizer, who's sort of the Rain Man of puncturing Russian... More>>
The Ebullient Pride Pairs Miners and Gay Activists in '80s Wales The Ebullient Pride Pairs Miners and Gay Activists in '80s Wales
The Rainbow vs. Thatcher
, September 24, 2014
It says something about current global affairs that a movie set during the U.K. miners’ strike of the mid-1980s -- an event that tore lives... More>>
NYFF: Cunning and Cutting, The Blue Room Leaves You Guessing NYFF: Cunning and Cutting, The Blue Room Leaves You Guessing
, September 24, 2014
Mathieu Amalric's brisk, agreeably nasty thriller The Blue Room turns on a couple murders -- or does it? -- but rather than corpses, it's time... More>>
Bjork Concert Film Biophilia Live Has Too Much Concept, Too Little Art Bjork Concert Film Biophilia Live Has Too Much Concept, Too Little Art
, September 24, 2014
For her eighth album, Icelandic pop star Bjork wanted to explore links between music, technology, and nature. Her first set of songs for the iPad... More>>
Two Night Stand Is a Comedy Where Lovers Give Each Other Yelp Reviews Two Night Stand Is a Comedy Where Lovers Give Each Other Yelp Reviews
, September 24, 2014
In Max Nichols's Two Night Stand, two twentysomething strangers size one another up online and meet up for a no-strings shag. Sounds like an... More>>
Advanced Style Argues That NYC's Older Woman are the World's Most Stylish Advanced Style Argues That NYC's Older Woman are the World's Most Stylish
, September 24, 2014
Early on in Lina Plioplyte and Ari Seth Cohen's inspirational Advanced Style, a question that was only hinted at in the thematically similar... More>>
The Grief-Stricken Lilting Is Actually More of a Grind The Grief-Stricken Lilting Is Actually More of a Grind
, September 24, 2014
Writer-director Hong Khaou's slow-moving feature debut, Lilting, examines grief's isolating effects through the eyes of two subjects:... More>>
The Two Faces of JanuaryOffers Film Noir Delights The Two Faces of JanuaryOffers Film Noir Delights
, September 24, 2014
Based on Patricia Highsmith's 1964 novel, The Two Faces of January is by no means great art; it never explodes the way a slick tale of larceny,... More>>
Exorcism Horror Flick Asmodexia Keeps Too Many Secrets Exorcism Horror Flick Asmodexia Keeps Too Many Secrets
, September 24, 2014
Is it possible to be decidedly unsubtle and also maddeningly opaque? Marc Carreté's exorcism film Asmodexia threads that infuriating... More>>
Harlem Street Singer Celebrates Reverend Gary Davis's Acoustic Blues Harlem Street Singer Celebrates Reverend Gary Davis's Acoustic Blues
, September 24, 2014
Here's the rare lionizing-a-musician doc that strikes a smart balance between vintage footage, talking-head testimonials, and contemporary... More>>
Chekhovian Days and Nights Exposes a Family Coming Unhinged Chekhovian Days and Nights Exposes a Family Coming Unhinged
, September 24, 2014
Every Chekhov adaptation presents unhappiness in its own way, albeit typically at a country house where a tense family gathering exposes each... More>>
The Bleakly Funny It Was You Charlie Boasts a Great Central Performance The Bleakly Funny It Was You Charlie Boasts a Great Central Performance
, September 24, 2014
You'd have to be pint-sized to get stuck in between a partially opened window and the windowsill when trying to leap to your death. This happens... More>>
Christian Satire Believe Me Cuts as Deep as You Might Expect Christian Satire Believe Me Cuts as Deep as You Might Expect
, September 24, 2014
First it's lively Christian satire, then it's thoughtful moral reckoning. The two modes under which Will Bakke's Believe Me operates never merge... More>>
The Likable This Ain't No Mouse Music Documents Roots Music's Documenter The Likable This Ain't No Mouse Music Documents Roots Music's Documenter
, September 24, 2014
Even the subject of the slight, likable doc This Ain't No Mouse Music would admit that he's not the most fascinating person in the picture.... More>>
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