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“Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” at Lincoln Center

“Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” at Lincoln Center

The 21st edition of “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema”, a retrospective of important recent Italian films, screens at Lincoln Center from June 9 to 15. Here are some of my picks from the series. Go here for ticket information. Select films are followed by Q&A’s with the film director and other guests. The ...

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Montgomery Clift Festival at Film Forum, June 3-16

Montgomery Clift Festival at Film Forum, June 3-16

MONTGOMERY CLIFT: 2-Week, 16-Film Festival of Hollywood Classics | June 3-16 at Film Forum Includes A PLACE IN THE SUN, RED RIVER, TERMINAL STATION, FREUD, THE MISFITS, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, THE HEIRESS, THE SEARCH, I CONFESS, documentaryMAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT, and moreA PLACE IN THE SUNFollowed by a ...

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“The Wobblies” opens at the Metrograph

“The Wobblies” opens at the Metrograph

Why hasn’t Hollywood ever made an epic film about the history of the Wobblies, the radical labor union (the I.W.W. or International Workers of the World) that thrived from 1905 to the mid-1920s, only to be crushed by the U.S. government and rival unions? The story has colorful characters like Big Bill Haywood, ...

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“Delta Space Mission”
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“Delta Space Mission”

Last year Deaf Crocodile (a partner label of Vinegar Syndrome) released a Blu-Ray of a 4K restoration of “Delta Space Mission,”  the first Romanian animated feature, originally released in 1984. The film is now available for streaming. It’s a limited animation film with psychedelic colors (that recall artist Peter ...

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“Stanleyville” opens at the Metrograph

“Stanleyville” opens at the Metrograph

Maxwell McCabe-Lokos’ “Stanleyville,” which opens today (April 22) at the Metrograph in Manhattan, is a satire with elements of stunt/dare challenge TV shows, “The Squid Game,” “Black Mirror,” pop philosophy and theater of the absurd. It opens as Maria (Susanne Wuest) is at work in a corporate office in a high ...

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“Hit the Road” opens at the Film Forum

“Hit the Road” opens at the Film Forum

“Hit the Road” is a riotously funny family comedy tinged with the sadness of the political oppression endured by the people of Iran. Four people and a dog are driving in a rented SUV through a flat stretch of Iranian highway. The father (Hassan Madjooni) sits in the back, left leg in a cast. His child (Rayan ...

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Personal Shopper: Spring 2022 Gift Guide

Personal Shopper: Spring 2022 Gift Guide

Here's our selection of some of the best film-related books, Blu-Rays, DVDs and CDs released recently. A rapturous bio of a famous and troubled movie star marriage. A new reissue of a concert classic with tons of extras. P. T. Anderson's beloved masterpiece from last year out on Blu-Ray. A memoir by the star of "Mr. ...

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Monthly Anime Classics at Japan Society in NYC

Monthly Anime Classics at Japan Society in NYC

New York, NY (Mar. 31, 2022) Japan Society is pleased to announce the launch of Monthly Anime on April 15, 2022, which will kick-off with a screening of Mamoru Oshii’s seminal cyberpunk classic, Ghost in the Shell. Offering an eclectic range of classic, underseen, and contemporary visions from Japanese animation, ...

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Four by Valentyn Vasyanovych at MOMI

Four by Valentyn Vasyanovych at MOMI

“If we don’t resist the Russian invasion,” Valentyn Vasyanovych told Leonardo Goi, “Ukraine will disappear as an independent state, and the countries of the former Socialist Bloc will be next.” The 50-year-old Ukrainian film director is in Kyiv right now, doing just that, while the Museum of the Moving Image is ...

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“The Apartment” new 4K and Blu-Ray release
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“The Apartment” new 4K and Blu-Ray release

Billy Wilder got the idea for “The Apartment” from a scene in David Lean’s classic 1945 film “Brief Encounter” in which a cheating couple uses a friend’s apartment for a tryst. The situation violated the Hollywood production code and he didn’t get around to using it in a film until 1960. (It was released the same ...

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