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It’ll soon be time to Rise (and shine), as the eponymous musical drama, from the brains of Parenthood’s Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Sellers, readies for its highly-anticipated premiere tonight on NBC. Based on the true story of drama t …Read more

Have movies about the hapless everyman, buffeted between the aggressive hypocrisy of suburbia and the depredations of corporate greed, become outdated? Not so long ago, this ethic existed in just about every flavor: arty, stage-actoring American Beau …Read more

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns to the Film Society of Lincoln Center for its 23rd edition, which highlights the most exciting works being done in France. From rock musicals to dark comedies and sumptuous melodramas, this year’s roster of film …Read more

Cinephiles rarely get more pleasure than when they attend the Museum of the Moving Image’s See It Big! series, which celebrates movies from different eras as they were meant to be seen: on the humongous screen of the Redstone Theater. This time the s …Read more

Nothing is ever what it seems in the films of Francois Ozon, and in Double Lover the director takes his mischievous style of filmmaking to unexpectedly blissful places. Ozon reunited with his Young and Beautiful star Marine Vacth, who plays Chloé, a …Read more

You probably know Utkarsh Ambudkar from his scene-stealing parts in Pitch Perfect, White Famous and The Mindy Project (he’s Mindy’s baby brother Rishi), but in Basmati Blues the talented performer will sweep you off your feet as Rajit, an idealistic …Read more

Double Lover is based on a deliciously plump mystery novella by Joyce Carol Oates called Lives of the Twins. In 1991 a US film was also inspired by the story, it starred Isabella Rossellini, Aidan Quinn, and Iman. Thankfully, Francois Ozon’s adaptati …Read more

John Malkovich originated the role of famed lover Giacomo Casanova on stage in The Giacomo Variations, a chamber play by Michael Struminger, that toured many European countries starting in 2014 before being adapted for the big screen. The film opens …Read more

Since France is the birthplace of cinema, it’s no surprise that the French were also animation pioneers. Years before the Lumière brothers thrilled and terrified audiences with their moving images of trains and horses, Émile Reynaud was conjuring ima …Read more

We have lately become accustomed to parsing through the posthumous works of our dearest artists. Where some are heavy with a wisdom that is premised on their imminent mortality like Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker or Harry Dean Stanton’s world-wea …Read more

The Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn will screen Adam Rifkin’s The Dark Backward as part of their Weird Wednesdays series on 01/31. We spoke to the director about his inventive neo-noir, working with the late Bill Paxton, and his love of film. You’ll be …Read more

I spoke to director Daniela Thomas on the phone as she took a tour of the Museum of African American History in Boston. The Brazilian filmmaker is in the States to promote her film Vazante, a harrowing work which deals with the lives of slave traders …Read more

At first glance Maysaloun Hamoud’s In Between has all the makings of an American sitcom, as three young Palestinian women from very different walks of life, end up sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. But rather than sticking to convention, Hamoud’s ins …Read more

To be a fan of Michael Haneke is a peculiar, if not rare, condition. The Austrian auteur has been singled out for his cruelty as a director, both to his subjects on screen and to his viewers. So to be a fan is to embrace the pain he inflicts. But in …Read more

What started as a social media joke turned out to be a hilarious one-woman show by comedian Jimmy Fowlie. So Long Boulder City takes the few clues given in La La Land to create a wildly dynamic and hilarious backstory to the character, Mia Dolan. The …Read more

  If we’re to believe Leo Tolstoy, “every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” But is the family from Michael Haneke’s Happy End uniquely unhappy? Estrangement from the world and loved ones covered by the façade of bourgeois well being, is …Read more

The Pentagon Papers detailed a decade and a half of US presidents willfully continuing the Vietnam War, despite each successive administration believing it to be a defeatist failure. The New York Times were the first to print excerpts. Under Nixon, t …Read more

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