Two brief comments on this year’s NYFF Main Slate. I’m disappointed to see that this is the third year in a row without any Middle Eastern films in the Main Slate. I can’t think of any festival films from this year that for sure deserved to be a part of the lineup, but Jafar Panahi’s Taxi definitely deserved consideration last year. Here’s hoping for a larger Middle Eastern presence on the festival circuit in future years.
The upside is that the Main Slate includes Dash Shaw’s feature debut, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea. I’m a huge fan of Shaw’s trippy, hilarious artcomic BodyWorld. I’m very excited to see him stepping into the world of filmmaking.
In a rare occurrence, the highest scoring movie this week is the most mainstream one, Pete’s Dragon.
Here are the stats for this week’s movies.
Pete’s Dragon (David Lowery)
Rotten Tomatoes: 85 • 141 reviews
Metacritic: 72 • 37 reviews
Critics Round Up: 84 • 10 reviews
Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
Rotten Tomatoes: 99 • 80 reviews
Metacritic: 86 • 35 reviews
Critics Round Up: 79 • 13 reviews
Disorder (Alice Winocour)
Rotten Tomatoes: 75 • 52 reviews
Metacritic: 67 • 19 reviews
Critics Round Up: 82 • 19 reviews
Florence Foster Jenkins (Stephen Frears)
Rotten Tomatoes: 87 • 147 reviews
Metacritic: 71 • 38 reviews
Critics Round Up: 65 • 5 reviews
Blood Father (Jean-François Richet)
Rotten Tomatoes: 82 • 22 reviews
Metacritic: 66 • 13 reviews
Critics Round Up: 69 • 4 reviews
Garbage Time is an irregular section of this stats column that looks at movies that, for multiple reasons starting with the mostly negative reviews, were deemed unsuitable for the homepage but nevertheless might still be of some interest to cinephiles.
My King (Maïwenn)
Rotten Tomatoes: 73 • 48 reviews
Metacritic: 68 • 15 reviews
Critics Round Up: 58 • 16 reviews
Late Addition circles back to new-ish movies that weren’t rounded up the week they opened in the U.S. but have recently received enough good reviews to merit inclusion on the site.
Misunderstood (Asia Argento)
Rotten Tomatoes: 80 • 15 reviews
Metacritic: 67 • 7 revews
Critics Round Up: 66 • 11 reviews