Film
Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Godzilla

Godzilla is a visually & sonically impressive nostalgiafest for kaiju fans

It seems like contemporary Hollywood offers audiences at least two or three opportunities per month to witness major urban centers being demolished by the Forces of Evil. My predecessor in the film-critic chair…

John Turturro and Vanessa Paradis in Fading Gigolo

John Turturro delivers a lovable, low-key Lothario in Fading Gigolo

If you didn’t know that Fading Gigolo was written and directed by its star, John Turturro, you’d probably think that it was a Woody Allen movie: not one of his strongest, but not…

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Gulabi Gang filmmaker Nishtha Jain to talk about the Pink Sari Revolution in Woodstock

From the Nigerian bush to the shadowy corridors of the Vatican to the fictional land of Westeros, the subject of violence against women has recently welled to the surface of public consciousness to…

Vampires Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive is a wry, elegiac tale of vampires

These days, when one describes the work of an independent filmmaker, the term “quirky” is often among the first adjectives that leap to mind – in fact, it almost seems to have become…

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan in Le Week-end

Le Week-End is a deromanticized romantic comedy about marriage

Ah, Paris: the ultimate destination for a restorative second honeymoon or a charming romantic comedy. Le Week-End, the latest collaboration by director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Koureishi – who together gave us…

Donald Rumsfeld talks to Errol Morris in The Unknown Known

Donald Rumsfeld in The Unknown Known

That guy with the strange movie idea was named Errol Morris, whose 1978 documentary about a California pet cemetery, Gates of Heaven, ended up on Roger Ebert’s all-time Ten Best Films list and…

Irrfan Khan in The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox is a savory cinematic snack

When most people think of Bollywood, what come to mind are lavishly costumed fairytale melodramas stuffed with big musical production numbers, of little interest to cinephiles in this country outside the South Asian…

Captain America Chris Evans and Black Widow Scarlett Johansson in their street clothes

Captain America loses some innocence but gains some coolness in new film

People who prefer Marvel to DC Comics generally express that preference in terms of the characters in the Marvel superhero universe being more complex beings than their DC counterparts. Unlike every early DC…

Fiona (Jeni Courtney) in  The Secret of Roan Inish

Saved by the Seal-Folk: The Secret of Roan Inish in Rosendale

Red Hook’s great independent filmmaker John Sayles isn’t particularly known as a creator of movies for kids, but in 1994 he did direct one of the loveliest, most lyrical family films ever made: The…

Saoirse Ronan as Agatha in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Infectious confection: Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

  Films by Wes Anderson are such a challenge to describe to the uninitiated. At the same time that I want to grab you by the lapels and insist that you go out…

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