NYC Weekend Picks, January 13-16: Bowie, Rohmer, Spielberg, ROCKY and CREED, and More

This week, we feature an especially rewarding set of recommendations for viewings over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. And I can't help but note the irony of celebrating the life of one of the greatest Americans who ever...

NYC Weekend Picks, January 6-8: "Illuminating Moonlight," First Look Festival, Best Films of 2016, More

One of the very best things about living in New York City is the embarrassment of riches it offers movie lovers, whether you're a hardcore cinephile, a casual fan, or anywhere on the spectrum in between. You don't have to...

ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Movies of 2016

This year, 23 Screen Anarchists from 11 countries around the globe shared with us 129 films for consideration in our collective top ten movies of 2016. Our criteria was simple: an individual contributor could include a film on their ballot...

Review: ALWAYS SHINE, an Intensely Personal and Satisfying Genre Picture

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...

Margaret Mead 2016 Continues to Innovate In Its 40th Year

The 40th edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, screening at the American Museum of Natural History through October 16, continues its mission of bringing audiences artful and fascinating global perspectives on the most pressing issues of our time. Women's...

NYC Happenings: IFP Film Week 2016 Expands to Include More Public Events and Community Involvement

Founded in 1979, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the largest and oldest not-for-profit organization dedicated to independent film. Besides their year-round programs and initiatives supporting independent filmmakers, their best known events are the Gotham Awards, a major highlight of...

NYC Happenings: "The Master: Philip Seymour Hoffman," A Fittingly-Titled Tribute to One of Our Finest Actors

The phrase “greatest actor of his/her generation,” is one that gets tossed around very often, and as with any hyperbolic description of this kind, some are more deserving of this praise than others. But the great, towering actor Philip Seymour...

Review: HAPPY HOUR, An Absorbing Long-Form Masterwork

When I first settled down to view Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Happy Hour earlier this year at its New Directors/New Films festival press screening, its great reputation preceded it, a reputation that included some uniquely anomalous features, unusual even in the context...

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...