Film Festivals

11th Annual Big Apple Film Festival Kicks Off November 5

Posted November 2, 2014 by Steve Rickinson

The 11th annual Big Apple Film Festival has announced its lineup of 129 feature-length and short films.  In addition to film screenings, this year’s festival will also feature Q&As with filmmakers and talent, discussions with special guests, opening and closing night receptions and a closing night awards ceremony.  The 11th annual Big Apple Film Festival runs […]

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Review: ‘Before I Go to Sleep’

Posted November 1, 2014 by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Directed by Rowan Joffe Written by Rowan Joffe (Screenplay) and S.J. Watson (Novel) Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, & Anne-Marie Duff NOW PLAYING in NYC and Select Theaters In ‘Before I Go to Sleep, a woman wakes up one morning and appears to be escaping a forgettable one-night stand. The truth is, she does […]

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Review: ‘Nightcrawler’

Posted October 31, 2014 by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Written & Directed by Dan Gilroy Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, & Riz Ahmed NOW PLAYING in NYC and Select Theaters Local news programming is often a de-contextualized experience of visual trauma. Crime stories offer quick intrigue and highly graphic imagery. They make you afraid in disproportionate ways while taking up disproportionate segments of an […]

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Review: ‘Laggies’

Posted October 29, 2014 by David Teich

Directed by Lynn Shelton Written by Andrea Seigel Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Jeff Garlin, & Mark Webber NOW PLAYING in NYC and Select Theaters Lynn Shelton loves her characters—probably too much. They never seem to endure anything too harsh. In film after film, Shelton orchestrates compelling, conflict-laden situations born of bad […]

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Interview: Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo (Directors—’Revenge of the Green Dragons’)

Posted October 24, 2014 by Jason Teich

Based on a 1992 New Yorker article by Fredric Dannen,’Revenge of the Green Dragons‘follows Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu), two immigrant brothers who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980’s by joining the street gang known as “The Green Dragons.” The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill-fated love […]

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Review: ‘Birdman’

Posted October 20, 2014 by David Teich

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, & Armando Bo  Starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, & Amy Ryan NOW PLAYING in NYC & Select Theaters A has-been actor tries to reestablish relevance: It doesn’t sound like the freshest of premises. ‘Sunset Boulevard’s’ Norma Desmond prepped […]

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