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Unusual Appetites

Paul Bartel (1938-2000), best known as a character actor, was also a director with an incisive (and highly entertaining) take on violence as comedy, sexuality, perversity, race, greed and social-climbing. “The Films of Paul Bartel,” the first retrospective of his … Continue reading

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NYFF55: Spotlight on Documentary (A Playwright and a Primatologist)

Filmmaker and writer Rebecca Miller’s portrait of her father, “Arthur Miller: Writer,” is concerned with the difference between the great playwright’s public persona and the man she knew and deeply  loved. Her film is warm and honest, dealing with Miller’s life, … Continue reading

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NYFF55: Directors Dialogues

This year’s free series of festival directors sitting down for intimate Q&As about their work includes the singular Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, discussing her current feature, “Zama,” which was based on a classic novel, set in the late 18th century. … Continue reading

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The last print issue of the Village Voice, with a startlingly gorgeous ultra-tight crop of Fred McDarrah’s iconic image of Bob Dylan on the cover, rolled off the presses today. The first issue was published, with newsprint and ink, the … Continue reading

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Manifest Destiny, Israeli Style

In his powerful, exhaustive new documentary, “The Settlers,” writer and director Shimon Dotan traces the 50-year movement, begun by deeply religious Israelis after the Yom Kippur war, to fulfill Biblical prophecy by reclaiming/”redeeming” all of the land they believed was given to … Continue reading

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Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017

Mary Tyler Moore, the pioneering and iconic actress, who “turned the world on with her smile,” died today in Greenwich, CT. She was 80. Moore’s eponymous series (for which she won her three of her six Emmys) was must-see TV in my … Continue reading

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Into the Woods, No Way Out

Belgian director Robin Pront’s assured first feature, “The Ardennes,” is thrillingly nasty, dark (both its tone and gorgeous imagery), and darkly funny, a story of a serious, character-defining lack of impulse control, and the limits of brotherly love. Kenny (Kevin … Continue reading

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