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8:00 PM on 04.16.2014

First trailer for 'If I Stay', starring ChloŽ Moretz

Author Gayle Forman's 2009 novel If I Stay is getting a film adaptation and everyone's favorite Chloë Moretz is taking on the starring role. Moretz plays Mia Hall, a teenage cello player who must decide between moving a...

Isabelle Magliari

2:00 PM on 04.10.2014

First trailer for Sci-Fi drama I Origins looks interesting

I Origins is a new Sci-Fi movie from Another Earth director Mike Cahill. It follows the story of Ian Gray, (Michael Pitt) a scientist who meets and falls in love with a mysterious woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) with st...

Liz Rugg

1:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Errol Flynn biopic The Last of Robin Hood's distribution rights acquired, new poster debuts

Errol Flynn is an interesting character, almost the archetypical devil-may-care 1940's Hollywood playboy, whose life fell to tatters once his shinning celebrity star began to wane. The Last of Robin Hood is a biopic about Fly...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 04.01.2014

Trailer for 'Begin Again' Starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo

John Carney, the critically acclaimed director of the music-movie Once, is at it again with his new song-filled film, Begin Again. Starring Keira Knightely and Mark Ruffalo, Begin Again tells the story of Dan (Ruff...

Isabelle Magliari

7:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Trailer for romantic comedy Words and Pictures pits painting against language

Words and Pictures stars Clive Owen as Jack Marcus -- a disillusioned English teacher at a small private school who is just as frustrated by his classes' increasing apathy as he is with his own withering writing career. Juli...

Liz Rugg

9:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Trailer: Refuge

In Refuge, Krysten Ritter plays a young woman who is struggling to take care of her younger brother and sister after their parents abandoned them when she meets Sam, a boy who may or may not be a good influence on her and he...

Liz Rugg

4:46 PM on 03.12.2014

Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Hugh Sullivan and Hannah Marshall (The Infinite Man)

Coming out of the still ongoing SXSW film festival The Infinite Man was easily the biggest surprise. I expected very little and got a whole lot, including what's probably the best comedy of the festival. I was intrigued ...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Only Lovers Left Alive trailer: Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampires

Only Lovers Left Alive features Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as cultured vampire lovers, whose romance has lasted for centuries. They have evolved and become more civilized than the need to kill for blood, but retain a v...

Liz Rugg

9:00 AM on 03.07.2014

SXSW Review: The Infinite Man

Usually the first movie you watch for a festival is a bit of a let down. You're super excited for the festival to kick off and you've hyped yourself up so much that almost nothing is going to stand up to your expectations of ...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 01.07.2014

Isabelle's Top 5 Movie Romances of 2013

Romantic comedies are all well and good, but who doesn't love a movie that tears their heart out through their chest? Heartache is an integral part of romance, and 2013 provided movie-goers with a plethora of strang...

Isabelle Magliari

1:00 PM on 11.13.2013

Flix for Short: Somewhere

Somewhere is a short animated film by artist Nicolas Ménard. It follows the journey of a star-crossed, stranded astronaut and his love back on his home planet. The 2D animation style feels appropriately lush, and I ab...

Liz Rugg

2:00 PM on 11.01.2013

Review: About Time

You probably haven't heard too much about About Time, and if you have you may have passed it off as another romantic comedy and simply forgotten about it. Hell, we've done a grand total of one post on the film and I'm not abo...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 10.15.2013

NYFF Review: Gloria

Of all the things to latch onto first in Sebastián Lelio's Gloria, it was the dancing. Not because it was great, mind you, but because its quality changes over the course of the film. The movie opens in a single's club...

Hubert Vigilla

7:00 PM on 10.14.2013

NYFF Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

On its surface, a vampire film is the last thing I'd expect out of Jim Jarmusch. Then again, the same can be said about a hitman movie (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Limits of Control) and a western (Dead Man). And s...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 09.19.2013

Trailer for Blue is the Warmest Color is quiet and lovely

Blue is the Warmest Color is a French romantic drama directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, and it's been making quite an impression on the indie and film festival crowds. The film follows a young girl named Adele, played by Ad&eg...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 09.02.2013

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Literally Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation might be one of the oddest Western romance films ever made. It contains no sex scenes between the main two lovers, there's a giant age gap, there's minimal kissing and the relationship develops not th...

Nathan Hardisty

4:00 PM on 08.16.2013

First trailer for How I Live Now, starring Soairse Ronan

How I Live Now is an upcoming adaptation of a book of the same name. The story's about Daisy (Soairse Ronan, who's so hot in the teen book world right now) who's sent to England to live with her relatives. She falls in love ...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 07.12.2013

NYAFF Review: Very Ordinary Couple

When most non-Koreans think of Korean films, they think of deeply disturbed violence and bleak, depressing dramas (I know I used to). What they don't think of is comedy, certainly not romantic comedy. It's not as though there...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

1:00 PM on 07.09.2013

Trailer: Austenland

Austenland stars Keri Russell as a middle-aged woman obsessed with everything Jane Austen. So obsessed in fact, that she decides to pack up and head to a themed resort called Austenland. There she is dressed in Recency-era c...

Liz Rugg



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Review: A Werewolf Boy
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Werewolves are kind of dumb. They're an amalgamation of two great flavors (wolves and people) that don't go great together. The most telling moment of any werewolf film is the moment of transformation, but the question is never "Woah, how awesome is this going to be?" It's "How stupid is this one going to look?" This isn't always a problem, especially if the werewolf aspect is downplayed, but it is rare that the transformation sequence, especially a modern one punctuated by ridiculous amounts of CG, adds much to the film. It's just another checkbox to fill.

So I don't like werewolves, and it took me until halfway through A Werewolf Boy to realize it. Fortunately, the name is a misnomer, and the film isn't really about a werewolf. In fact, it has more in common with Truffaut's The Wild Child than it does Waggner's The Wolf Man. It's like the feral, Korean offspring of those films, and it works surprisingly well.

[The 2013 New York Asian Film Festival not have enough Korean films for you? Korean Movie Night NY returns tomorrow night, June 25th, at 7:00 PM at the Tribeca Cinemas with A Werewolf Boy. It's free. More information can be found here.]

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BFF Review: Hank and Asha photo
BFF Review: Hank and Asha
by Hubert Vigilla

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.

-- George Bernard Shaw

Epistolary stories are fascinating to me given what's in the collected correspondence and what's left out. As letters go back and forth, as thoughts and passions are exchanged, we know there's life outside the writing of the letters. I usually wonder how much of that life is disclosed inadvertently by the letter writers in their choice of words.

Hank and Asha provides a novel approach to the epistolary story. Rather than letters or emails, the film is told through videos sent between two would-be lovers -- Asha (Mahira Kakkar) in Prague and Hank (Andrew Pastides) in New York. There's so much about reality and idealization bubbling in this film that hits the right spots in my head, but what really captivated me was the film's honesty. There's a genuine heart beating in this film, and also a genuine loneliness.

[For the next two weeks, we will be covering the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival, which runs from May 31st to June 9th. Check back with us for reviews of features, documentaries, and shorts playing at the fest. For more information and a full schedule, visit brooklynfilmfestival.org.]

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Review: Missed Connections photo
Review: Missed Connections
by Geoff Henao

Missed connections serve as the chosen medium for lovelorn, hopeless romantics who believe in fleeting chance encounters in public. I can say this with confidence, because I used to regularly check missed connections on a daily basis despite never doing anything out of my old routines. I don't know how successful they are, but considering their place on Craigslist, the go-to online depository for job and cheap furniture searches for 20-somethings, they're ripe for quirky, indie films featuring aforementioned 20-somethings in search of more than just a cheap futon.

The aptly titled Missed Connections explores the world of online love searches with a hint of catfishing. But does it do so in an entertaining way?

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