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: “Maya Dardel”

  In the opening scene of the film, Lena Olin, playing the title role, is speaking on the phone to an unnamed associate. She is an attractive, mature woman, a famous poet, and she lives alone on her California estate in the mountains. She says that, rather than suffer a further loss of her powers,…

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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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Film: “The Teacher”

The is the first film date for a new meetup group for New York film lovers. We saw it at the Film Forum on opening day, and it was a good choice. A Czech film in the Slovak language, directed by Jan Hrebejk, who co-wrote it with frequent collaborator Petr Jarchovsky, it was I think…

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Film: “Marjorie Prime”

This absorbing, finely acted film of a play certainly gives the viewer a lot to think about. While a little too talky – especially in the exposition-heavy beginning – it delves into questions about artificial intelligence, the accuracy of memory and the loss of mental faculties with aging that are dealt with in an entertaining…

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Film: “Columbus”

As readers might know by now, I like to “discover” obscure film gems out there, and maybe help them find their audience. I went to see Columbus the day after it opened in New York with just that hope. But – ┬ásurprise! – its audience was way ahead of me. I’d never seen a line…

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