NYFF 2017: Labor and Displacement in ‘Good Luck’…

From now through October, we'll be covering the films set to show at this year's New York Film Festival. Today, we're looking at Valeska Grisebach's Western (Main Slate) and Ben Russell's Good Luck (Projections). Films about working class…

NYFF REVIEW: ’20th Century Women’

Grade: A There are three guiding voices of 20th Century Women, a film that's itself the diary of a teenage boy being guided by three 20th-century women. One voice is Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), the boy,…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘The Lobster’ (2015)

Grade: A- In the brief time since his incendiary debut, Yorgos Lanthimos has become known for inflecting seemingly conventional familial and inter-personal dynamics with surreal, often disturbing amendments to reality. While few can speak to…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Cemetery of Splendour’ (2015)

Grade: B- When a distinct, particularly divisive or polarizing, film auteur drifts into a more sedate register, there are often two probable outcomes. Either the formal restraint forces them to focus on and amplify those…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Mountains May Depart’ (2015)

Grade: B For a filmmaker whose rhythms and affectations can tend to put viewers at an emotional distance, it's wise of Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke to choose decade-spanning melodrama as his genre of choice. Given…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Eden’ (2014)

Grade: B+ It's hard not to set certain expectations for a movie that starts with a cartoon phoenix shooting across the sky like a bolt of electricity. I would expect less, though, for such an…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Inherent Vice’ (2014)

More than most other contemporary filmmakers, Paul Thomas Anderson has ensured an expectation of brilliance reserved for a rare few across cinematic history, Kubrick the most immediate example. That's made the practice of wild anticipation…

2014 New York Film Festival Preview

In past years I've already been on the ground at the start of New York Film Festival, dishing on opening night films Life of Pi and Captain Phillips to much excitement, regardless of their absolute…

MOVIE LIST: Top 10 Films of NYFF 2013

It's been a long hangover after my week at New York Film Festival, trying to bring other preoccupations up to date before I turn my attentions back to the site. It's no less embittering that…

2014 Oscar Predictions

NYFF REVIEW: ’12 Years a Slave’ is a…

Grade: A There's been an inordinate amount of films this year that have reached to claim some stake in reality, often via the "true story" card used in different manners by Fruitvale Station, The Butler,…