Nobody thought a movie made entirely about graffiti-covered trains would be so compelling. But it was. Or so people think today. Stations of the Elevated, a 1980 documentary by cinematographer and School of Visual Arts professor Manfred Kirchheimer, has been getting the kind of recognition -- 24 yea ... More >>
The Fall 2014 Issue
I'm guessing absolutely, since you'll think, "Even when the hydraulics don't work and the plane plummets, a masterful pilot can save lives! "Even though he's completely wasted!" Denzel gives a truly great performance in the tale of personal redemption, and the interesting thing is you're not comp ... More >>
At the New York Film Festival yesterday, they screened Frances Ha, the Noah Baumbach-directed film in which Greta Gerwig plays a woman who breaks up with a guy, is kind of a likable mess but is maturing, and who has a female best friend who speaks in snappy sentences. Just like in Gerwig's last fil ... More >>
Contenders are piling up in the theaters-here are the ones to watch
The big news to emerge from yesterday's New York Film Critics Circle voting--held early this year to scoop the other year end awards--is, of course, the second coming of homeboy Harvey Weinstein. Not only was The Artist voted best picture and its director Michel Hazanavicius anointed Best Director ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 11, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 2 films in focus by Andrew Sarris 'Tis the season to grind out 10-best lists, and this is certainly not the year to turn one's back on tradition. Still, there is at least one prominent film critic who ... More >>
From Glenn Beck to Breitbart, Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh, from sea to shining sea, from their mere followers to their Kool-Aid drinkers, the rage, motives, and manners all lend themselves to a certain composite picture developing quite neatly in this country, that's really, more than anythi ... More >>
Big, lavish complex planned—hotel, dance club, spa. Y'all come!
A few months back, we noted an interesting discrepancy in the New York Times coverage of the last New York Film Festival. While critics A.O. Scott and Stephen Holden were unusually harsh in their characterization of the festival as a whole -- the "grimmest in memory," "a high-minded form of ... More >>
Mo'Nique turns out to have a plus-sized talent as an actress in the ghetto-fabulous Precious, and as you know, there's been Oscar buzz on her performance for months now. But the word is that she's so caught up in demanding money for appearances to care much about her self promotion as a risi ... More >>
Like the squawking teachers in a Peanuts holiday special, the boarding school instructors in Antonio Campos's debut, Afterschool, are slyly kept out of the frame (or else made blurry to us) for most of the picture's first half. Then, when Campos finally brings these adults into focus—after two pop ... More >>
And other whore stories in post-crackdown clubs. Then, suddenly, a Pygmalion-like transformation.
Advice from grannies and trannies; other topics are glossed over
Plus Picasso and the preservation fest
A preview of the season's repertory highlights
Argentine director Lucrecia Martel explores carnality and sacred solitude in The Holy Girl
Adaptable actor obscures an object of desire, clarifies a cultural icon
Hopscotching chronology elevates New Age mysticism in a heart transplant melodrama
Indie works in progress vie for buyers at 25th IFP Market
Gridlock in Paris, Gunfights in L.A.
Torontos Before and After
Voyeur Eyes Only
''In Rounders, John Malkovich chewed so much scenery that it's a wonder there were any card tables left.''