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O.J.: Made in America

A thorough look at O.J. Simpson the man rather than the defendant, and what emerges isn’t an over-the-top chronicle of the so-called trial of the century but the trajectory of a seminal American figure.

By |December 17th, 2016|Crime, Documentary, Top Picks|0 Comments

Café Society

For his latest, Woody Allen delivers a broad pastiche of the 1930s and a fairly affectionate portrait of Hollywood.

By |July 14th, 2016|American, Film History|0 Comments

De Palma

Here, the acclaimed—and often maligned—director of Carrie, Dressed to Kill, and Scarface takes an honest, insightful, and often funny look at his path, a career that’s resulted in plenty of box office hits—but more than a few clunkers.

By |June 11th, 2016|Documentary, Film History, Top Picks|0 Comments

Love & Friendship

Whit Stillman's adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, a posthumously published novella about a devious widow who goes husband-hunting for both herself and her daughter. It has intrigue, musings on marriage, and a fascinating female lead.

By |May 11th, 2016|Book adaptation, Top Picks|0 Comments

The Witch

The woods: few phrases conjure up scares so visceral. This portrait of a Puritan family confronted with witchcraft is ultimately about our most fundamental fears: the dark, the unknown, and, of course, one another.

Believing that their settlement’s way of practicing their faith is too liberal, a family of six—husband William, wife Katherine, eldest daughter Thomasin, […]

By |February 21st, 2016|Horror, Top Picks|0 Comments

The New Girlfriend

In the English-speaking world, Ruth Rendell hasn’t exactly made her mark on the big screen. In the Francophone world, however, the late mystery and thriller author’s effect continues to be felt. At fewer than 15 pages, Rendell’s Edgar Award–winning short story “The New Girlfriend” seems an odd choice for a feature film. But director […]

By |September 20th, 2015|Book adaptation, GLBT, Top Picks|0 Comments

Mistress America

Directed by Noah Baumbach
Produced by Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub, Rodrigo Teixeira, and Gerwig;
Written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig
Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures
USA. 84 min. Rated R
With Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Matthew Shear, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Heather Lind, Michael Chernus, Cindy Cheung, Kathryn Erbe, and Dean Wareham
Viewers who loved Frances Ha may be expecting more […]

By |August 19th, 2015|Comedy|0 Comments

Irrational Man

Written and Directed by Woody Allen
Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson
Released by Sony Pictures Classics
USA. 94 min. Rated R
With Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Emma Stone
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) causes a stir by arriving at Braylin College just in time for the summer session. Abe’s a hot commodity […]

By |July 16th, 2015|Crime, Drama|0 Comments

The Wolfpack

Directed by Crystal Moselle
Produced by Izabella Tzenkova, Hunter Gray, and Alex Orlovsky
Released by Magnolia Pictures
USA. 84 min. Not rated

In a city of eight million people—and eight million stories—filmmaker Crystal Moselle certainly stumbled across one of the most intriguing. Walking around the Lower East Side one day, she noticed a group of long-haired boys. Curiosity piqued, […]

By |June 11th, 2015|Documentary, Top Picks|0 Comments