Kurt Brokaw reviews his top choices from the 19th annual showcase of contemporary French film.February 25th, 2014 | Kurt Brokaw
"You may not be persuaded by a minute of it, but if you have a sweet tooth for French neo-noir, you can’t help but believe your lying eyes." That's senior critic, Kurt Brokaw, on his fourth consecutive year choosing a critic's choice from Rendez-vous With French Cinema. Curious about which one he's talking about? Read more.
Young & Beautiful
(François Ozon. 2013. France. 95 min.)
Senior producer Maddy Kadish assesses the cutting-edge New Frontier section at Sundance 2014.February 2nd, 2014 | Maddy Kadish
Sundance's New Frontier section took form through data visualization, transmedia, virtual-reality, and interactive film exhibits. Maddy Kadish highlights what hit and what missed from this year's festival.
Neil Kendricks on the cinematic raconteurs that stormed Sundance 2014.February 1st, 2014 | Neil Kendricks
Despite the unavoidable Park City glitz, Neil Kendricks writes, "Sundance still provides a forum for much-needed cinematic troublemakers." Read how three films in particular grabbed him by the collar, Only Lovers Left Alive, 20,000 Days on Earth, and Rat Pack Rat.
Senior producer Maddy Kadish reviews the three short docs in Program II.January 30th, 2014 | Maddy Kadish
The Independent's senior producer, Maddy Kadish, reviews three short documentaries from Sundance 2014: I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked, Notes on Blindness, and Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.
Park City, UTAH -- At Sundance 2014, the three shorts in Documentary Shorts Program II used different devices to exhibit sorrow and beauty. All three films show the humanity, flaws, and hope that lives in all of us. These types of films are the reason that I come to Sundance.
Kurt Brokaw picks his top choices from the 23rd New York Jewish Film Festival.January 14th, 2014 | Kurt Brokaw
Of his NYJFF critic's picks, Kurt Brokaw writes that Ida "was the most closely watched film of this fest even before it opened," and The Jewish Cardinal "is a film any NYJFF devotee will find worthy of the closest attention." He's also added Regina and GentleDog to his list. The fest runs January 8-23, 2014.
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