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70s Rewind: ZARDOZ, Much More Than Sean Connery Running Around in a Loincloth

James Bond running around in a loincloth. That may be the singular image that comes to mind when Zardoz is mentioned. If another image pops, it's likely "giant statue of a head flying through the air." Out of context, the...

Tribeca 2017: Ten Notable Fest Selections

The Tribeca Film Festival returns for its 16th edition, running at various venues through April 30. As usual, it doesn't lack for boldface names and big events, opening with Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary about the legendary...

Art of the Real 2017: Series Preview

Art of the Real, a nonfiction filmmaking showcase at Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, celebrates its fourth year with 27 films in the lineup, continuing the exploration of cinematic possibilities of the film/digital medium. This year, the...

Hong Kong Cinema's Fresh New Wave

Trivisa was a big winner at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards but judging by the number of new talents whose films were nominated and awarded, the Hong Kong film industry was perhaps the biggest winner of all, as a...

10+ Years Later: BELOVED Remains a Haunting Tale of Love & Horror

I was a latecomer to horror film; as a kid/teenager, I was far more interested in science fiction, and was a bit of a wimp when it came to horror. Arriving at it in my 20s, it's now become a...

Have Your Say: What's Your Best Major?

When Scarlett Johansson was announced as the lead in Rupert Sanders' live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, people had issues with her suitability for the role. And now that the film has been released, opinions are divided. Whitewashing...

Critical Distance: What Movies Have You Loved in 2017?

What movies have you seen that you loved this year? Anything? In wide release, I've quite enjoyed Logan, Get Out, The Belko Experiment, John Wick 2 and A Cure for Wellness. Logan lived up to my high hopes, a reminder...

AnarchyVision: LIFE, WILSON and Kristen Stewart in PERSONAL SHOPPER

This week's segment looks at the Spacephalopod romp Life, Woody Harellson's misanthropic turn in Wilson, and Kristen Stewart in the ghostly Personal Shopper....

"Beyond Godzilla" Highlights Lesser-Known Japanese Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films

"Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures and Fantasies in Japanese Cinema," a film series screening at Japan Society from March 24 through April 8, looks at the long history of Japanese tokusatsu eiga, or special effects films. On the heels of Shin Godzilla, the latest...

AnarchyVision: TRAINSPOTTING 2, GOON 2 and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Two sequels and a remake (aka, new normal) yet still some surprises this week - a look at Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast, T2: Trainspotting and Goon: Last of the Enforcers....

70s Rewind: THE DISAPPEARANCE, Melancholy Blooms Slowly in the Winter

A man returns home after a business trip and discovers that his wife has disappeared. In the moody drama The Disappearance, directed by Stuart Cooper (Overlord), Jay Mallory (Donald Sutherland) appears to be a successful businessman, living on the top...

New Directors/New Films 2017: 6 Must-See Selections

The 46th edition of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films Festival screens from March 15 through 26. As always, it's an eclectic international showcase of interesting new talents and approaches to cinematic...

AnarchyVision: KONG: SKULL ISLAND and THE LAST WORD

A look at Jordan Vogt-Roberts' mighty Kong: Skull Island and the Shirley MacLlaine/Amanda Seyfried film The Last Word....

10+ Years Later: SUNSHINE Is Still Waiting For The Light

With Danny Boyle's forthcoming revisit of the world of Edinburgh junkies, lowlifes and dropouts twenty years on, it would seem fitting that we have a look at Trainspotting (1996) and where it stands in the culture 20 years on. But we...

Series Preview: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2017

In its 22nd edition, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at FSLC remains one of the main attractions for cinephiles in a crowded New York spring film event season. This year's lineup features 23 films from established filmmakers and newcomers alike, including...

NYC Weekend Picks, Feb. 24-26: Jordan Peele Curates, Oscar Nominated Shorts and Best Picture Winners, and Doc Fortnight 2017

This Oscar weekend's offerings include:  At BAM Rose Cinemas, the continuation of the series "The Art of the Social Thriller," curated by Jordan Peele (half of the brilliant sketch duo Key & Peele), of films that inspired his feature directorial debut Get Out,...

Our Favorite Faces Of Andy Lau

Last weekend, Zhang Yimou's fantasy epic The Great Wall premiered in North America, and while it's silly as hell, it is undeniably gorgeous-looking. While he did call it "nonsense", our J. Hurtado also said in his review that it's a...

70s Rewind: ROYAL FLASH, Richard Lester's Comic 19th Century Adventure

Recently I watched Richard Lester's Royal Flash (1975), starring Malcolm McDowell, for the first time. Adapted by author George MacDonald Fraser from his own novel, it's a broad and sprightly comic adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed. To be frank, I...

10+ Years Later: Beyond AUDITION's Infamy

Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999) is a film whose memory has been all but condensed into a single image: a young Asian woman, soft-featured but wearing an unmistakably sinister side-long glance, holding up a syringe. This image was used for the...

Cruel Beauty: Spend Valentine's Day Weekend with Meiko Kaji at Japan Society!!

In celebration of iconic Japanese actress Meiko Kaji's upcoming 70th birthday and Valentine's Day, Japan Society is throwing a mini retro party of the inimitable actress. Best known for her role as Nami "Sasori (Scorpion)" Matsushima in the Female Prisoner series...