Vivid, intense and necessarily wrenching, ‘BPM: Beats Per Minute’ brings ACT UP’s AIDS activism to pulsating, searing life amidst death.
An adorable child’s eye romp, ‘The Florida Project’ gradually reveals heartbreaking reality that lend a devastating kick to Sean Baker’s childhood fantasy.
While we’re covering the 2017 New York Film Festival, keep an eye on our regularly updated diary of opinions and articles from the fest.
NYFF sidebar films ‘Occidental’, ‘El mar la mar’ and ‘Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?’ manifest prejudice & empathy strikingly inventive ways.
NYFF Projections doc ‘Good Luck’ and Main Slate thriller ‘Western’ both focus on the physical, political and psychological tolls of commissioned labor.
A sharp, yet chaotic, black comedy, Marianna Palka’s ‘Bitch’ is more bewildering for its feminist critique than for its feebly dominant characters.
Wrenching, gorgeous and often suffocating, Andrew Dosunmu’s ‘Where is Kyra’ is a brutalizing descent into hopeless poverty.
Formally exquisite, yet disarmingly soulful, Kogonada’s ‘Columbus’ is lovely, lyrical film about how art makes us at once richer and smaller.
A serene and sublime dual character study, ‘Princess Cyd’ turns queer coming-of-age into a profoundly empathetic, naturalistic fairy tale.
An oblique journey into the wilderness of young masculine rage, ‘The Strange Ones’ struggles to resonate beyond its unnervingly disciplined craft.
Sadly scooped up by Netflix, ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ is a warm, enthusiastic Jessica Williams showcase that deserves a big screen spotlight.
Schmaltzy, stilted and winningly inclusive, Jennifer Reeder’s ‘Signature Move’ is a charming, if messy, wrestling-fueled rom-com.
A modern noir classic about suffocating celebrity, Aaron Katz’s ‘Gemini’ is as humanely funny a comedy as it is a strikingly stylized thriller.
A heart-stopping group portrait, ’20th Century Women’ is a bittersweet existential triumph, expanding coming-of-age for every generation.
Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ is an urgent, vital testament of black history; ‘Manchester by the Sea’, a devastating dramedy of grief. Our latest dispatch from New York Film Festival.
Our first dispatch from the 2016 New York Film Festival, Lena digs into the fragile and lunatic delights of Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson’ and Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ ‘The Ornithologist’.
As Telluride by the Sea kicks off, Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical ‘La La Land’ casts a kaleidoscopic spell that never lets go.
‘Always Shine’ is an intoxicating Lynch-by-De-Palma psychological study of female friendship, identity and the sexist exclusivity of celebrity.
As scattershot as could be expected, anthology film ‘Madly’ exudes a distinctly dreamy tone and sumptuous visual texture across six bewildering shorts.
‘The Lobster’ is a deliciously designed, achingly funny dissection of overly modernized concepts of love, and the damage they inflict upon the real thing.