Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw picks three films as end of the year, winter favorites.December 3rd, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
As awards season begins, the must-see lists for 2013 start piling up. Senior critic Kurt Brokaw offers three final critic's choices for the calendar year: Tim's Vermeer, August: Osage County, and The Past.
(Teller. 2013. USA. 80 min.)
Kurt Brokaw's top picks from the 51st New York Film Festival.September 26th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Broader. Wider. Deeper. That's the report from the 51st New York Film Festival which senior critic, Kurt Brokaw, suggests is taking cues from the big-tent Tribeca Film Festival. Here he assembles his critic's choices from NYFF 2013, which runs from September 27th through October 13th.
Last year’s 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF) gave a 21-gun salute sendoff to its departing director, Richard Pena. It far exceeded the breadth, width, and depth of a half-century of festivals.
Kurt Brokaw's take on Shane Salerno's documentary about author J.D. Salinger.September 12th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Salinger is a multi-platform crash course in all things J.D. Salinger, the reclusive writer, who, after publishing the global bestseller The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, never fully surfaced again. Was he writing? If so, what? Kurt Brokaw assesses the new documentary that answers many elusive questions about Salinger's life.
(Shane Salerno. 2013. USA. 120 min.)
Beth Brosnan offers perspective on why 1D and former in-your-face filmmaker Morgan Spurlock are a good match in "This is Us."September 8th, 2013 | Beth Brosnan
Despite the fast-food-of-culture analogies (and they are super-sized), Beth Brosnan defends the boyish charms of One Direction and Morgan Spurlock's documentary about the manufactured teen band.
I know what you’re thinking. One Direction, the Anglo-Irish boy band, is a joke—a corporate hoax cooked up by Simon Cowell and his X Factor henchman to extract money from gullible, lovesick girls and their luckless parents.
Book critic and former Jane Austen professor Rebecca Steinitz goes head-to-head with her budding critic daughter Eva Steinitz on rom-coms and the indie comedy "Austenland."September 3rd, 2013 | Rebecca Steinitz
If someone else starts a mother-daughter indie film club or a mother-daughter indie review department, know that we've had this on the burner 4EVAHHHH! Thanks to current book critic and former Austen professor Rebecca Steinitz and her daughter Eva Steinitz for getting the ball rolling with dueling Austenland reviews.
What happens when critic and former academic Rebecca Steinitz, who once taught a course on Jane Austen’s novels and their film adaptations, takes her 12-year-old daughter Eva Steinitz, who has seen Bride and Prejudice and read the YA novel I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend, to see the film adaptation of Shannon Hale’s novel Austenland, which happens to be directed by Na
Senior critic Kurt Brokaw dismisses a trio of summer films and recommends one.August 8th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Kurt Brokaw on Blue Jasmine: "This is Woody Allen in 2013, and even Cate Blanchett can barely climb over all the furniture stacked in her way." On Lindsay Lohan: "You’re watching an aging process not seen since the jazz trumpet virtuoso Chet Baker lost his dream-boy looks by turning into a ravaged heroin addict." There's more. Just open and read these reviews, you'll enjoy yourself. Promise.
First let’s briefly summarize three films you may be aware of, all themed around women in various states of acute mental and emotional collapse. Stay with us as we trudge a path toward the single picture worth your wait.
Northeast Spain hosts an impressive documentary festival and pitch session every May.June 18th, 2013 | Greta Schiller
Documentarian Greta Schiller takes in the 16th year of DocsBarcelona and its array of global docs ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge. Violence emerged as an important theme and many docs Schiller saw handled the topic with gripping storytelling approaches.
Last year I had the great privilege to live and work in Barcelona, a city that has regenerated itself in spectacular ways since I first visited in 1986 to present my debut documentary Before Stonewall.
This singular exhibit can be seen now through June 30, 2013.June 5th, 2013 | Neil Kendricks
Do you heart Kubrick? Or the fine art of movie-making? "With its numerous production-design sketches, props, and annotated screenplays on display, the show might be the greatest example of a museum exploring the crossroads where the parallel worlds of art and film merge..." That's Neil Kendricks on an exhibit he saw, loved, and writes about here. Now through June 30, 2103 at LACMA.
Cinephiles and art lovers alike who will make the trek to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see the popular Stanley Kubrick retrospective should be prepared to have their minds blown in spectacular fashion.
Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers critic’s choices on the shorts program at Tribeca 2013.May 2nd, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Kurt Brokaw's top shorts from Tribeca 2013 include The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars, Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop, Snow in Paradise, Fool’s Day and The Root of the Problem.
The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars
(Edoardo Ponti. 2012. Italy. 23 min.)
Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw reflects on Tribeca's changing terrain and offers critic’s choices from the 12th annual downtown fest.April 25th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Tribeca Film Festival has wrapped but Kurt Brokaw's critic's choices from the fest will no doubt be in theaters near you and on the Oscar Red carpet. So far he's named his features: Before Midnight, Some Velvet Morning, Trust Me, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Shorts to come!
So what’s new at New York’s most ambitious gathering of all things cinematic?