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We spoke to Lauren Patten about her work in The Goree All-Girl String Band playing at NYMF. Can you talk about your character in the show and what the rehearsal process has been like? I play Reable Childs who is kind of the leader of The Goree Girls, …Read more


Andrew Rossi’s Bronx Gothic in which he profiles performance artist Okwui Okpokwasili as she goes on tour with her eponymous piece seems like quite the departure from his previous film, the Met Gala documentary The First Monday in May, which chronicl …Read more


The second installment of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s life story, Endless Poetry begins just as Dance of Reality ended: with a small purple boat bouncing amongst the waves carrying Jodorowsky toward unfamiliar joys and tribulations. This seamless opening …Read more


Lady Macbeth opens with a marriage ceremony. The bride, Katherine (Florence Pugh) tentatively goes through the motions, as the groom remains out of the frame. That night, shy and polite, our bride repeatedly assures everyone she is fine, not too cold …Read more


Though it premiered at Locarno, Luc Bondy’s final feature False Confessions appears to have been billed as TV movie and been broadcast on television in Europe, as opposed or prior to a theatrical release. A French television movie seems like an oxymo …Read more


Even though the name Andrew Wilk might not be instantly recognizable to arts lovers, he’s a man we owe a great deal to in terms of making the performing arts accessible for people all over the world. As the executive producer for the award winning Li …Read more


Oliver Hirschbiegel first gained international attention for his taut character study Downfall in which he examined the last ten days in Hitler’s life with some accusing him of trying to humanize one of the most detestable figures that ever lived. In …Read more


Polaroid cameras have recently made a comeback but a portrait photographer by the name of Elsa Dorfman was the original instant film connoisseur. And this original Polaroid camera was no little handheld device that created an image one could easily f …Read more


A young girl (Oona Laurence) wanders through the forest, singing softly to herself, searching of mushrooms. It is 1863 and we are in the deep South. Canons rumble far off. The air is drenched in light, and cicadas maintain a thrum of sound. With a st …Read more


The Bad Batch opens with an institutional announcement over the title screens, alerting guards to exercise utmost caution around ‘bad batch’ prisoners. Once we are finally given a picture to go with the dire, looping announcement, we see an absurdly …Read more


As the United States of America celebrates it’s year of independence, what better way to celebrate than firing up the grill, enjoying a drink (responsibly), and then heading inside and watching a movie. You’ve got a lot of options, and we at StageBud …Read more


Last March in Manhattan, a bronze statue of a spunky young girl was installed such that she appeared to face down the famed charging bull of Wall Street. Fists to hips, legs akimbo, she is a cute, anodyne expression of female power. I couldn’t help t …Read more


More than a decade after depicting Adolf Hitler’s last days in Dowfall, director Oliver Hirschbiegel, is covering the Third Reich from a different angle in 13 Minutes which concentrates on the years leading up to WWII and the failed attempt by Georg …Read more


Producer Judd Apatow begets yet another not-quite comedy from a comedian, derived from personal history. In this rendition of a comic in arrested development, Pakistan-born Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, most notably), plays a version of himself: a …Read more


It’s hard to say if the much-impersonated, caricature compatible Ian Paisley would be better inhabited in the movie version of his life by Jack Lemmon or Walter Matthau. It’s harder to imagine either one playing Martin McGuinness. All four are now de …Read more


Vittorio De Sica’s Il Boom had never been released commercially in the United States, but as it makes its official premiere at Film Forum today, it truly couldn’t have arrived at a better time. The irreverent satire in which a man is asked to “give u …Read more


BAMcinemaFest is Brooklyn’s annual showcase of festival indie darlings and premieres. Giving New York City audiences their first chance at catching standout films from top festivals like Sundance and South by Southwest, it provides a sprawling and va …Read more


Boy meets girl, boy meets girl’s brother, boy dates girl and her brother. As far as romantic comedies go, I Love You Both is certainly one of the most refreshing takes on the genre in recent years, written by real life siblings Doug and Kristin Archi …Read more


There’s a joke I’ve read on the internet; a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that fans of standalone episodes of serialized television might seek out and, God forbid, enjoy a little something called a feature film. Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner could p …Read more


Two sisters try to be absolved for the sins of their father in Avi Nesher’s compelling Past Life. Set in late 70s Israel the plot centers on Nana (Nelly Tagar) and Sephi (Joy Rieger) two close siblings who discover their father (Doron Tavory) might h …Read more


Letters from Baghdad opens with a title cards that tell us how the tragedy of the present-day Middle East began a century ago, and how “one woman was at the center of it all.” This woman, Gertrude Bell, was a brilliant adventure-woman whose expertise …Read more


The most striking thing about Marlene Dietrich is precisely how striking she is. Her teaseful smirk, bookmarked by those cheekbones sleek as diamonds, and the perfectly coiffed blonde hair (even when she’s been hiding under an ape mask) never fail to …Read more


Film critics Athena Bryan and Cece Lee discuss some of the films featured at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2017. The Confessions A monk (Toni Servillo) seems not just out of place but out of time as he enters the lush retreat of the G8 Summit. He ha …Read more


For many people the mere mention of Cambodia brings to mind atrocities of the most gruesome and depressing kind. The country itself is still seen in the popular public eye as under the gauze of melancholic memory; the Khmer Rouge held power for four …Read more


The incredible thing about film is that it gives a glimpse into the literal perspective of someone else. This is obvious, but also goes double for experimental film. Without the rules of traditional filmmaking (plot, character, et cetera), and only c …Read more


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