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…

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REVIEW: ‘Looper’ (2012)

Grade: A- Rian Johnson’s Looper has been the subject of many comparisons to another stylish, reality-bending film featuring the talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster Inception. I had similar feelings of expectation and satisfaction entering the…

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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…

REVIEW: ‘Trouble With the Curve’ (2012)

Grade: C When a movie centers itself on two major performances, be it a romance, a buddy movie or a parent/child film, much hoopla is made over the “chemistry” shared between them. It’s a terribly…

REVIEW: ‘Bachelorette’ (2012)

Grade: C The successfully fem-centric comedy vehicle is currently a rather isolated phenomenon, in how often it happens and in how narrow its current approach is. With Bachelorette playing drastically along the same lines as…

REVIEW: ‘Arbitrage’ (2012)

Grade: B+ Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage is, depressingly, a true rarity these days: it’s a popcorn movie made expressly for grown-ups. It’s a lean, tense character study that plugs away at a brisk pace, bolstered by…

REVIEW: ‘No’ (2012)

Grade: A- I set an assignment for myself weeks ago to see Pablo Larrain's previous two films, Tony Manero and Post Mortem. Together with his latest film, No, they are purposed to represent Larrain's Pinochet…

REVIEW: ‘Rust and Bone’ (2012)

Grade: B+ It thrills me to no end that there's a French artist as unexpectedly adoring of American cinema as Jacques Audiard. Though his films may strike some viewers as indisputably art house fare, Audiard…

REVIEW: ‘Finding Nemo 3D’ (2012)

Grade: A- For a while, Andrew Stanton’s Finding Nemo was the most commercially popular of the Pixar films, but it was always one of my least favorites – which, according to the Theory of Pixar…

REVIEW: ‘Chicken with Plums’ (2012)

Grade: B- Of so many things to be hung up on about Marjane Satrapi's sophomore feature, alongside cinematic collaborator Vincent Paronnaud, the most immediate ordeal is its delicacy referencing title, Chicken with Plums. A strange…

REVIEW: ‘Oslo, August 31’ (2012)

Grade: B+ Joachim Trier’s intimate and gently heartbreaking new film Oslo, August 31 begins with a suicide attempt. Anders, played quite beautifully by Trier’s Reprise star Anders Danielsen Lie, sneaks off in the early morning…

REVIEW: ‘Killer Joe’ (2012)

Grade: B I am as sanctimonious as the next guy when it comes to the MPAA’s insidious condemnation of sex via their ratings system (Michael’s little Fassbender, for example, deserved an R-rating at worst), so…