Category Archives: Film

The Boys in the Sand*

As the summer of 2017 slips away, like sand sifting though sunburned hands, Metrograph offers “On Fire Island,” six films set on the barrier island sixty miles southeast of Manhattan, known, particularly before gay men and lesbians gained widespread acceptance, … Continue reading

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Jeanne Moreau 1928-2017

To honor the great Jeanne Moreau, who died on Monday at 89, Film Forum is showing the new restoration of Louis Malle’s film noir masterpiece, “Elevator to the Gallows” (1958), which propelled her to international film stardom. Malle, however, always … Continue reading

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A Schlemiel Becomes A Mensch

Experienced documentarian Joshua Z Weinstein’s first fiction film, “Menashe,” a universal story of profound paternal love, but set in the insular Borough Park, Brooklyn Hasidic community, fully succeeds in looking at this world with “an ethnographic, sociological lens,” and in … Continue reading

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Jonah Is 42

The great Swiss director Alain Tanner, who debuted his first feature in 1969 (“Charles, Dead or Alive”) at age 40, subsequently created a “radical body of work that bristles at the numbing neutrality and status quo monotony of his native country, … Continue reading

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(Not Your Average) Two for the Road

Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh), a successful but dispirited middle-aged Bangkok architect, grown distant from Bo (Penpak Sirikul), his glamorous wife, and tired of working for a young slickster with dubious taste, is in need of redemption, or at least a major … Continue reading

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I Laughed! I Cried! (I Just–Uncharacteristically–Used Exclamation Points)

“The Big Sick,” is a giant-hearted, irresistibly funny romcom with serious things on its mind–romantic love, love of family and corresponding responsibility, ethnicity, immigrant culture coexisting uneasily with the American mainstream, illness, and the need to do fulfilling work, even … Continue reading

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Violence Begets Violence

Alan Clarke’s once-banned “Scum” (1979), an unflinching look at violence, racism and suicide in a British reform school has lost none of its punch-to-the-gut power. The film was originally made for the BBC in 1977, which refused to show the … Continue reading

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