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    “Onlookers” at Metrograph

    Long ago when I had a swell corporate job many of my coworkers would take short overseas vacations. (The joke was that it gave you an excuse to not respond to work-related cellphone calls!) But going to Thailand or a Mexican resort for just a few days sounded more tiring than fun to me. I’ve always thought that being able to live for at...

    “Family Portrait: Japanese Family in Flux” series, Feb. 15-24

    NYC’s Japan Society is presenting the 8th edition of its ACA (Agency for Cultural Affairs) Cinema Project this week. The series, which runs from February 15-24, is being called "Family Portrait: Japanese Family in Flux.” Go here for more information and tickets. Domestic dramas have always been popular in Japanese Cinema and many of the greatest Japanese directors have worked in the genre called shōshimin-eiga,...
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    EVERY FILM & TV SHOW I SAW IN 2023

    And in the the order I saw them. All are 2023 releases unless otherwise noted. = a film I’ve seen before. * =...

    DOC NYC 2023 Part 1: Social Issue Docs & “The Smell of Money”

    This year’s DOC NYC, the biggest documentary film festival in the U.S., didn’t have as many blockbuster docs as last year (“The Beauty and...

    “Waikiki” at Regal Union Square Oct. 27

    A friend of mine used to always observe that if he ever visited Hawaii he'd probably never leave. After watching Christopher Kahunahana's indie feature...

    “Neither Confirm Nor Deny” streaming on Amazon, Apple TV

    In 1974 a Soviet nuclear submarine, the K-129, disappeared. Though the Soviets couldn’t locate it, U.S. military intelligence did (it had sunk three miles...

    Restored “Fear & Desire” at the Metrograph

    Stanley Kubrick’s first feature “Fear & Desire” was released in 1953 and now 70 years later a 4K restoration gets its U.S. premiere at...

    “Remembering Every Night” at Film at Lincoln Center

    I just re-watched a good part of Mark Cousins’s landmark documentary series, “The Story of Film” (more about that soon; it’s been re-released in...

    “Lola” and “Sorry We’re Closed” Now Streaming

    “Lola” is a remarkable Irish-British science fiction film directed by Andrew Legge. Emma Appleton and Stefanie Martini give dazzling performances as two sisters (Thomasina...

    “Poundcake” at the Roxy Cinema

    Film director Onur Tukel is the king of micro-to-low-budget horror and comedic satire films and with his latest movie “Poundcake” you get both. It...

    Japan Cuts Festival: July 26-August 6

    It’s been four years since NYC’s Japan Society has held a fully in-person Japan Cuts festival so this is your chance to see their...

    2023 Tribeca Festival Report

    (above: John Hamm and Tina Fey in "Maggie Moore(s)") My favorite film from this month’s Tribeca Festival was a wacky comedy no one else seemed...

    “Hey Viktor!” at 2023 Tribeca Film Festival

    One of my favorite films at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was the comic mockumentary “Hey Viktor!” Cody Lightning directs and plays a fictional...

    “Revoir Paris” opens in NYC June 23

    "Revoir Paris" is a powerful and moving story of a woman who, after surviving a terrorist attack at a restaurant, encounters a series of...