Film: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

I don’t think I’m alone in finding it difficult to describe this film, or the experience of watching it. Meandering, half-realized and often unconvincing, it also has a kind of feckless charm that blindsides you. Those familiar with director-writer Martin McDonagh’s previous work would be familiar with the blindside part. In Bruges, for instance, flapped…

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Film: “Wonderstruck”

Todd Haynes’ new film, “Wonderstruck”, was the closing night selection at the New York Film Festival. I didn’t see it there, but I’ve read that it was well-received, as it was at Cannes this year. Haynes is one of our most original and imaginative filmmakers. This story, adapted by Brian Selznick from his novel of…

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Kumail Nanjiani - one of the Ten Actors to Watch

Hamptons International Film Festival – 10 Actors to Watch

Hamptons International Film Festival – 10 Actors to Watch HIFF 2017 and its Top Ten Stars, August 31, 2017, Montauk Sun One of the best parts of participating in the HIFF out in the Hamptons of New York’s Long Island is that you get to meet a lot of creative types who want to share…

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Rory Kennedy and Laird Hamilton at Gurney's as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs program, August 2017

Hamptons International Film Festival – SummerDocs

Hamptons International Film Festival – More than just the movies The Hamptons Welcome Laird Hamilton, August 4, 2017, Montauk Sun SummerDoc Screening: Rory Kennedy movie about Laird Hamilton, August 31, 2017, Montauk Sun Each year the HIFF showcases new movies and talent in a variety of events throughout the Hamptons hamlets. The Biggest Buzz this…

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New York Film Festival 2017

As in past years, I made my own select list from the main slate for my reviews. The seven for this year are diverse and timely. Also as before, I post the reviews in ascending order of preference.   LET THE SUNSHINE IN Whether legendary veteran filmmaker Claire Denis originally had a serious story to…

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Film: “Beach Rats”

Sexual identity is now a major theme in American film, especially for young people. Last year’s Best Oscar winner, Moonlight, dealt frankly and, for the most part, trenchantly with the theme. This new film is an accomplished but minor addition to this body of work. The title rats are four young studs who hang out…

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