Captain Phillips - Movies to See in October 2013

MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS: October 2013

October is always a packed month for exciting new releases, but this October seems particularly juicy. Several of the major fall festival releases will hit theatres giving mainstream audiences access to this year's Oscar contenders…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Amour’ (2012)

Grade: B+ There are several words fitting to describe Michael Haneke's films, between shocking, disturbing, cynical, demented, prying, trying, and the occasional statement of beautiful. But of all the thing Haneke is, it would be…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Not Fade Away’ (2012)

Grade: C "I can't get no satisfaction." You may regard that as the title lyrics to the famed and catchy Rolling Stones song, but for me it's the feeling you get when you find your…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Something in the Air’ (2012)

Grade: B Olivier Assayas has unfinished business with the 1970s. The director had recently delved into the period via Carlos, his visceral 2010 epic about the infamous terrorist, but there was something unresolved that period…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Like Someone in Love’ (2012)

Grade: C+ I'm not certain there's more than 40 distinct shots across the expanse of Abbas Kiarostami's latest, Like Someone in Love. That shouldn't come as much surprise to those familiar with his films, as…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘The Paperboy’ (2012)

Grade: B- Nicole Kidman has balanced being one of the most graceful actresses of her earlier years with becoming a notably more fearless performer in recent years. Mind you, she was always fearless in her…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Our Children’ (2012)

Grade: A- The poster for Our Children features a smiling Tahar Rahim and Emilie Dequenne in loving embrace, which quite tellingly shows up close to the start of the film. It makes the film seem…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Fill the Void’ (2012)

Grade: B Topicality is a tricky thing when it comes to what films are submitted in the Foreign Language Oscar race. How many films recalling Nazi oppression, or simply the devastation of relevant wars, have…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Kinshasa Kids’ (2012)

Grade: C- If the theme of the films I saw on Friday was "water", with Life of Pi leaving me too seasick to endure Leviathan's tough imagery, the theme for Monday was certainly Africa. While…

Life of Pi (2012) 2013 Oscar Predictions Best Cinematography

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Life of Pi’ (2012)

Grade: C There's a discussion to be had regarding the divide between filmmaking and storytelling as a function of cinema. That isn't so much a matter of narrative, surrealist, or documentary forms, but rather a…