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New Doc Shows Bauhaus on the Beach

Cape Cod, where I spend as much time as I can, can not only boast fantastic beaches, world famous oysters, and the wild east that is Provincetown, but a number of Bauhaus-inspired dune-dwellings—some by celebrated architects, many of them abandoned and falling apart.


“Captain Phillips”: Action and Ordeal

Between his artfully verité docudramas (“Bloody Sunday” and “United 93”) and Matt Damon-ized conspiratorial thrillers (“The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” and “Green Zone”), Paul Greengrass is arguably the best action director working today — and “Captain Phillips, opening October 11 following its New York Film Festival world premiere, only strengthens the case.

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NYFF Weekend Update

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism


NYFF: The Fourth Marathon

The 51st New York Film Festival opens Friday night with the yet to preview action flick “Captain Phillips”; it yesterday press screened the fourth of its four-hour marathons, Agnieszka Holland’s “Burning Bush.”


NY Film Fest Builds Strong Kidneys Four Ways

Great cinema may require great fortitude. “Welcome to the no potty breaks film festival,” Lincoln Center Film Society publicist John Wildman joked, introducing the morning press screening of Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s 250-minute riff on “Crime and Punishment,” “Norte, the End of History.”

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A Très Grows in Brooklyn: Le Fest du BAM

Back from a few weeks in Europe, still amazed at the respect now accorded to the borough of my birth (pretty much a laugh line back in the day). It’s all très, très Brooklyn as they say in Belleville — and the most très (or at least avant) Brooklyn of movie events, the annual BAMcinemaFest, opens tonight with David Lowery’s ’70s movie made today, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” pictured above.


Tribeca Stars: Ali, Broughton, and Moms

As befits a festival born from a star, the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival ends by celebrating one of co-founder Robert De Niro’s greatest performances, as the star-struck nerd Rupert Pupkin in “The King of Comedy,” the underrated 1983 Martin Scorsese film that might finally, after 30 years, be getting the respect it deserves. Still, for my money, the big stars this year appeared in a trio of archival portrait docs. All three were artists shaped by and to some degree shaping the social upheavals of the 1960s; all three successfully melded the personal with the political. (more…)

Tribeca 2: Heralding the Unheralded

Ransack the Tribeca Film Festival and ye shall find, in this case, three relatively unheralded items that are well worth seeing. (more…)

Three Two-Handers at Tribeca

Has the Tribeca Film Festival improved? That’s what everyone says and, on the basis of the first weekend, the 2013 edition would certainly seem to have less flash and more substance. (more…)

“Papirosen”: The Art of Recollection

Self-indulgent family portraits are to documentaries what narcissistic memoirs are to literature but Gaston Solnicki’s “Papirosen”—which has been making the festival round for the last year and shows twice this week, January 21 and 22, as part of the New York Jewish Film Festival, at the Walter Reade—is not just terrific filmmaking but a remarkably self-effacing piece of work.