Preview: Japan Cuts 2016, As Dynamic as Ever

Japan Cuts, Japan Society's annual festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, turns 10 this year. What the value of a film festival is may seem easy to talk about in terms of age and program focus. It  can also be hard...

Korean Movie Night New York's "Master Series: Lee Joon Ik" Celebrates a Master of Period Drama and Comedy

A frequent guest to the New York Asian Film Festival, Korean director Lee Joon-ik is a brilliantly accomplished and remarkably versatile director, equally adept at both period and contemporary pieces. However, much of his popularity at home and his acclaim...

NYC Happenings: MoMA's Naomi Kawase Retrospective Explores Her Poetic and Intensely Personal Cinema

The films of the acclaimed Japanese director Naomi Kawase are truly original and like no one else's. Kawase was raised in the ancient rural prefecture of Nara, and was essentially self-taught, since she lived in a place that lacked a...

Review: MISCONCEPTION, Entertaining, Well-Made And Powerful

Jessica Yu has created some of the finest and most formally innovative documentaries of the past decade, such as In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) and Protagonist (2007). Her latest film Misconception, which had its world premiere at last...

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival Celebrates 15 Gonzo Years

Picture it: The early part of the 21st Century. Dial-up modems sing shrilly throughout our homes. Bush & Cheney plot and scheme like Batman villains. A young Canadian music and movie enthusiast starts a website to talk about the stuff...

Human Rights Watch 2016 Review: GROWING UP COY, Transgender Rights And A Family in the Eye of A Media Storm

At first glance, six-year-old Coy Mathis seems to be just like other little girls her age. She’s madly in love with Justin Bieber, and has his posters plastered over the walls in her room. Her favorite color is pink, and...

NYC Happenings: "Luminosity: The Art Of Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing" Celebrates A Master Sculptor of Light

Sometimes, artistic appreciation is a kind of spiritual balm. When I was young, I trained myself to observe and to learn from all kinds of exhibitions, especially of color images. During that process, I fell in love with Chinese paintings...

Human Rights Watch 2016 Offers Powerful, Topical Films On Women's Rights, LGBT Issues, More

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 27th year, once again presents powerful, topical films encompassing a great number of burning political and social issues. The festival screens through June 19 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center...

Japan Cuts 2016 Turns 10, With Major Stars, Parties, Lots Of Sono Sion, An Android Actor, And More

Japan Cuts, North America’s premier festival of contemporary Japanese film, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, screening at Japan Society July 14-24. It’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 years for this always exciting, challenging, and stimulating festival, a...

NYC Happenings: "Tales of Cinema: The Films Of Hong Sang-soo" Explores A Subtle And Sublime Body Of Work

Over the course of two decades, South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo has created one of the most rigorous and refined, subtle and sublime, oeuvres of world cinema history. From his debut feature The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (1996) to...

Review: POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING Affectionately Skewers The Music Biz

“Viral video” is an overused – and very often misused – term, but one group of guys who can genuinely be said to have created some of the best and funniest of these is the comic musical collective known as...

Rooftop Films 2016 Review: "This is What We Mean By Short Films," A Wealth of Miniature Gems

Rooftop Films Summer Series 2016 got off to a great start with their opening night presentation, “This is What We Mean By Short Films,” an eclectic and incredibly accomplished selection of shorts, some of which had their New York premieres...

NYC Happenings: Rooftop Films Summer Series Celebrates 20th Edition With More Screenings And Live Music Than Ever

One of the best things about summer in New York City is the bonanza of outdoor cultural activities on offer every day of the week. Specifically, it's a great time for outdoor film screenings and live concerts. One of the...

NYC Happenings: BAMcinemaFest, NYC's Premier Independent Film Showcase, Returns With a Wide-Ranging Slate

BAMcinemaFest, New York's premier independent film showcase, returns for its eighth edition with a typically eclectic, wide-ranging slate presenting some of the most interesting, challenging, and acclaimed American independent films to play the festival circuit. Screening from June 15 through...

Review: KILL ZONE 2, A Delirious, Masterfully Staged Martial Arts Melodrama

Never fear the “2” in the title of Soi Cheang’s deliriously baroque, thrillingly action-packed extravaganza Kill Zone 2, better known in Asia (and to early film festival viewers) as SPL 2: A Time for Consequences.   This is a follow-up,...

Tribeca 2016 Review: ALWAYS SHINE, In Which The Hollywood Dream Factory Becomes A Nightmare

Director Sophia Takal more than fulfills the considerable promise of her debut Green with her second feature, a film that often looks, acts and feels like a thriller/horror flick, but at its heart is a dramatic treatise on the tyranny...

Tribeca 2016 Review: ALWAYS SHINE, In Which the Hollywood Dream Factory Becomes A Nightmare

Director Sophia Takal more than fulfills the considerable promise of her debut Green with her second feature, a film that often looks, acts and feels like a thriller/horror flick, but at its heart is a dramatic treatise on the tyranny...

Panorama Europe 2016 Thrills, Challenges and Transports Viewers

Now in its eighth edition, Panorama Europe - screening from May 6 through May 22 at the Museum of the Moving Image and the Bohemian National Hall - has consistently proved itself to be an essential addition to New York...

Review: RIO, I LOVE YOU, A Pretty But Unsatisfying Travel Package

Film franchises aren’t just for the multiplexes anymore, or for movies featuring the likes of Batman, Superman, and the Fast and the Furious road racing crew. The arthouse has them too, and one of the highest-profile ones is the “Cities...

Review: PALI ROAD, An Intriguing Thriller That Doesn't Quite Go The Distance

Pali Road, the romantic mystery thriller directed by Jonathan Lim, derives its title from an actual road on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where the film is set. This road is said to be haunted, with many mysterious and unexplainable...