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Review: Her

I had planned to skip Her. It was an early Saturday screening, which was bad enough, but because of the all-star cast attending the press conference afterwards, I knew I'd need to be up stupidly early to get a decent seat in the theater. Bu...

 
 
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Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

When immersed in a lineup as generally depressing as this year's New York Film Festival's, it's easy to forget that there are movies that exist just to make the audience feel warm and fuzzy inside. Not every film needs to tell a horrific tr...

 
 
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Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color

There are many examples of desire in Blue Is the Warmest Color that are nuanced and downright erotic. These moments are communicated in coy shifts in facial expression, through the brinkmanship of flirtation, the intimate risks of proximity...

 
 
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New York Film Festival 2013: Flixist Awards and Recap

Can you believe that it's all over? I can't. For much of the past month, the New York Film Festival has consumed my life. And now it's over. But we're finishing it off with a bang. The video above is Hubert and my final thoughts/discussion...

 
 
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NYFF In 30 Seconds or Less Roundup #2

So, it took a while to get to this, but we have finally compiled the rest of our NYFF In 30 Seconds or Less videos. If you missed part 1, make sure to check it out here, and come back tomorrow for our final roundup of the festival, which i...

 
 
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Review: All Is Lost

For some reason I was expecting Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity to be almost as spare as All Is Lost, though not quite. I actually don't know if Gravity would work if it dialed back its dialogue that much. The vast majority of All Is Lost i...

 
 
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Review: 12 Years a Slave

When 12 Years a Slave played at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, there were reports of walkouts during screenings, even among the press. It wasn't because the movie was bad. Far from it. People walked out because 12 Years...

 
 
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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 for older peop...

 
 
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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 sure enough, the...

 
 
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NYFF Review: Nebraska

Before I was old enough to actually understand the jokes about sex and relationships, one of the movies I used to watch all the time as a kid was Making Mr. Right starring John Malkovich. (It had an android in it, so that was enough for me....

 
 
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Review: Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips wasn't really on my radar for the year. I like Paul Grenngrass and I love Tom Hanks, but I really wasn't excited for the film in the same way I am for others. I expected something competent and modest: a serviceable dramati...

 
 
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Interview: Jia Zhangke & Zhao Tao (A Touch of Sin)

Jia Zhangke has been called one of the most important filmmakers in the world by Richard Brody of The New Yorker and John Powers of NPR. This isn't just because his films are well made. Jia occupies an interesting place in contemporary Chin...

 
 
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NYFF Review: The Missing Picture

At last year's New York Asian Film Festival I saw a documentary called Golden Slumbers, which focused on the lost cinema of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge had destroyed cinema houses and film negatives throughout the country, wiping out an entir...

 
 
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NYFF Review: Tim's Vermeer

Watching Tim's Vermeer, I was sort of reminded of a pair of art documentaries that turn ideas about artists and creation on their ear. There's My Kid Could Paint That, a doc about a purported child prodigy named Marla Olmstead, and there's ...

 
 
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NYFF Review: Alan Partridge

British comedy has a fine tradition of endlessly watchable twits. Off the top of my head, some of my favorites are Basil Fawlty of Fawlty Towers, Arnold Rimmer of Red Dwarf, David Brent of The Office, and Alan Partridge of way too many show...

 
 
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Review: A Touch of Sin

It's remarkable what a little context can do. My initial impressions about A Touch of Sin were generally positive but also ambivalent. I wasn't sure of what to make of the four loosely connected vignettes, each a mix of righteous anger and ...

 
 
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NYFF Review: Stray Dogs

Sometimes I'm torn between the thing itself and the idea of the thing. I may not enjoy a book, for instance, but I may like the bigger ideas that are explored in the text independent of my enjoyment of it. Similarly, I may not like a movie ...

 
 
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NYFF In 30 Seconds or Less Roundup #1

Hubert and I have been spending a whole lot of the last two weeks in the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City seeing films for the 51st New York Film Festival. And as we explained way back when, we have been doing short ...

 
 
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NYFF Review: Le Week-End

It’s impossible to not compare Le Week-End to the films in Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy. With the setting of Before Sunset and the struggles of Before Midnight, but with a more aged cast, it almost feels like what we may b...

 
 
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Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

The trailers for Inside Llewyn Davis don't quite capture the feel of the film. If you watch them, there's a kind of satiny look about the imagery, something that to me denoted an air of nostalgia for New York in 1961. Yet the colors are des...

 
 
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Flixist Discusses Review: The Wind Rises

After the credits rolled at the screening of The Wind Rises at this year's New York Film Festival, Hubert and I spent the next hour talking about the film, what we liked and didn’t like, where we thought it succeeded or failed, and wh...

 
 
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NYFF Review: Like Father, Like Son

The film Still Walking by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda has been on my to-watch list for a little while. It's supposed to be one of the better films from Japan in the last few years, examining how a family commemorates the death of a ...

 
 
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NYFF Review: Child of God

Allow me to state my bias upfront. While I like James Franco as an actor, I'm not a fan of his work as a would-be Renaissance Man/Jack of all trades. His fiction is pretty mediocre and the stuff I saw about his art installation underwhelmed...

 
 
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Now Playing: NYFF In 30 Seconds or Less

Between Hubert and I, we're going to be seeing a whole lot of movies at the New York Film Festival this year. Some of them will be worthwhile, others won't, but we want to cover them all. That being said, we don't necessarily want to revie...

 
 
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After the Credits: Gearing up for NYFF 51

This week, Hubert and I will begin our coverage of the 51st New York Film Festival. We have covered the festival for the past two years, and each year we try to expand our coverage in new and interesting ways. This year, we're going to be ...

 
 
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The New York Film Festival announces its 2013 main slate

Even though Alec and I talked about being a bit exhausted from film festival coverage, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming New York Film Festival. Yesterday they announced the main slate, which includes a lot of movies I've been look...

 
 




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LFF Harriet"Be free or die"

 

Gemini Man"Does whatever a gemini can"

 

LFF The Aeronauts"Reach for the sky"

 

NYFF Saturday Fiction"Life during wartime"

 

The Addams Family"Just be yourself (but not too much!)"

 

Parasite"Class mobility is a lie"

 

Lucky Day"Luck's run out"

 

LFF Knives Out"Whodounut"

 

LFF Bad Education"Ain't misbehavin"

 

NYFF The Whistlers"Whistling away the jail days"

 

LFF Marriage Story"Romcom in reverse"

 

LFF The Report"Democracy under scrutiny"

 

Preacher (Season 4)"The Messiah will dance!"

 

LFF The King"High drama"

 

LFF Jojo Rabbit"Ja Hitler!"

 

LFF Hope Gap"Deficient"

 

LFF Lucky Grandma"You'll never look at your grandma in the same way again"

 

LFF Waves"Ripple effect"

 

First Love"Tough love"

 

The Spy"What would you do for your country?"

 

Joker"Ha. Ha. Ha?"

 

NYFF The Irishman"Martin Scorsese's greatest hits also feels like a long goodbye"

 

Killer Sofa"Give 'em the chair!"