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Combinations November 18, 2017

I’ve been frazzled for much of this week, which is the only explanation I can offer regarding why I created so few pages this week. I will say that the section at the bottom, which I started doing in August, has helped motivate me to create more pages every week than I had for the […]

The More You Know November 11, 2017

This week’s rundown. Cinema of the Past Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh, United States, 2017, 18 reviews) Thelma (Joachim Trier, Norway, 2017, 8 reviews) Daguerrotype (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 2016, 7 reviews) Cinema of the Past The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, United States, 6 reviews) The Wise Kids (Stephen Cone, United States, 7 reviews) […]

Don’t Say Anything November 4, 2017

I’m usually late with the Saturday column, so it’s probably better to dispense with the preamble to get these out a little quicker. I’ll just note that First They Killed My Father did not open this week. It was a September release. New Releases Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, United States, 2017, 15 reviews) Last Flag […]

Everyone’s a Winner October 28, 2017

Our weekly rundown: New Releases The Square (Ruben Østlund, Sweden, 2017, 23 reviews) Félicité (Alain Gomis, France/Senegal, 2017, 12 reviews) Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Griffin Dunne, United States, 2017, 7 reviews) Happy Death Day (Christopher Landon, United States, 2017, 4 reviews) Cinema of the Past Daughter of the Nile (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan, […]

A New Moment October 21, 2017

Here’s the weekly rundown: New Releases Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes, United States, 2017, 21 reviews) BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo, France, 2017, 21 reviews) Tempestad (Tatiana Huezo, Mexico, 2016, 6 reviews) The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos, United Kingdom/Ireland, 2017, 19 reviews) NYFF 2017 Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen, United States, 4 reviews) Cinema […]

Apocalypse Mode October 14, 2017

It’s frustrating that Twitter suspended Rose McGowan’s account temporarily. I would respect them more if they were honest and just admitted that the reason they haven’t banned Donald Trump is because it would be too controversial to do that to the President of the United States, especially since his base has a persecution complex and […]

Control Yourself October 7, 2017

Harry Knowles, Harvey Weinstein, what’s-his-face from the “Honest Trailers.” I’m pleased that so many of these guys who are experiencing sexual harassment-related PR disasters lately are people I’ve never liked. I’m still a little crestfallen, though, to hear about Joss Whedon’s dirty laundry. I’ve been dragging my heels too long on creating the NYFF Index. […]

Fall Back September 30, 2017

Don’t worry, Daylight Saving Time is still more than a month away. The title refers to a schedule modification. I’ve been going to sleep and waking up later in recent weeks and I’ve more often than not blown my self-imposed 11 AM deadline as a result. So expect updates an hour or so later, at […]

Just the Facts September 23, 2017

I have nothing to write about today, so let’s go straight to the rundown. New Releases Thirst Street (Nathan Silver, France/United States, 2017, 7 reviews) Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad, 2016, 5 reviews) The Force (Peter Nicks, United States, 2017, 8 reviews) Toronto 2017 The Disaster Artist (James Franco, United States, 5 […]

True Believer September 16, 2017

Toronto is always the most taxing film festival for me to cover, and this year was no exception, though I think this is also the first year where I didn’t feel hopelessly overwhelmed with work. I didn’t have to set aside several dozen articles for later like usual. This has been a trend all year–Sundance, […]