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Well-known both for its political activities and for its long-running film festival, Human Rights Watch becomes the subject of a documentary itself in E-Team. Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's film isn't a broad portrait of the organization. Instead,...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Director Laura Poitras's Citizenfour boasts an hour or so of tense, intimate, world-shaking footage you might not quite believe you're watching. Poitras shows us history as it happens, scenes of such intimate momentousness that the movie's a must-see...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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As with many masterpieces, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo yielded a mostly lukewarm reaction upon its May 1958 release. Variety dismissed it as "basically only a psychological murder mystery." In 1973, Hitchcock took the film out of circulation; his estate...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Easily the most inspired film-geek retro idea to land in New York since Anthology's one-eyed-auteur series in 2009, this Halloween-angled suite revisits classic horror indies directed by erstwhile industrial filmmakers — and buttresses them with the...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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With Stonehearst Asylum, director Brad Anderson doles out a vintage Halloween treat — a straightforward Poe adaptation of the sort that Vincent Price used to star in — and gives it a freshness and complexity that make it a delight. Edward Newgate...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Ruben Östlund makes films the way sociologists devise thought experiments: by posing a hypothesis and thinking fully through its consequences. The Swedish director's previous feature, 2011's Play, follows a group of black teenagers in Gothenburg as...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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After a pair of characteristically way-out works (Smiley Face, Kaboom), New Queer Cinema provocateur Gregg Araki returns to the somber tenor of Mysterious Skin with White Bird in a Blizzard. Like Skin, which starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt, White Bird finds......
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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It's difficult to fathom how a found-footage saga from The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sánchez about kids being pursued in the woods by Bigfoot isn't a parody. Yet against all good sense, Exists plays its material straight, possibly proving...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A Canon camera and a silver wedding band — the coexistence of these two objects is the principal challenge in the life of decorated war photographer Rebecca (Juliette Binoche). In the largely wordless opening sequence of Erik Poppe's 1,000 Times Good...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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In its opening minutes, Zachary Wigon's The Heart Machine seems poised to mount an argument against tech-bound modern living. Cody (John Gallagher Jr.), sits alone in a nightclub, hunched over his cell and oblivious to the party around him. This image...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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It's not that kind of story, one where everyone lives happily ever after," narrates the hero of Revenge of the Green Dragons, announcing the film's attempt to avoid one cliché by indulging in another. Set mainly in the late 1980s, when the gang of the...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Kids may not know "Wichita Lineman," and boomers may have forgotten his hot-shit 12-string flurries, but singer/songwriter/TV star Glen Campbell is not going to be easily forgotten, thanks to director James Keach's warm, moving, at times harrowing doc...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Adapted from Amy-Jo Albany's memoir about growing up with her father, Joe, the jazz pianist best known for playing with Charlie Parker, Low Down stars John Hawkes and Elle Fanning as a father-daughter duo with a lot of love and even more problems. A...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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It’s an unwritten rule that we’re supposed to feel most in step with people our own age, as if sharing the same cultural and historical references somehow enables our ability to look into each other’s hearts. So why do we sometimes tumble into...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Here's a priceless chunk of dialogue, spoken between a pair of friends/rivals on 23 Blast's high school football team: "It is so easy for you!" one boy shouts, shirtless and sculpted and chest-depilated, from the back of a rusted-out pickup truck. "Easy?"...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Philippe Martinez's Viktor — basically a tighter, Moscow-set, Gérard Depardieu–starring version of The Equalizer — opens with a ballet rehearsal led by choreographer Souliman (Eli Danker). This sets up an aura of refinement that runs throughout...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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While not as kinky, dark, or schizoid as debuting director/screenwriter Michael Medeiros intends, Tiger Lily Road succeeds on its own small, claustrophobic level. Medeiros is a longtime character actor, and it shows: His two stars, Ilvi Dulack and Karen...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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If you've always wanted to see a painted Jacuzzi, you're in for a treat. You say you haven't always wanted to see a painted Jacuzzi? You say you don't know what a painted Jacuzzi looks like? Well, it's a curious sight indeed: the translucent shell of...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Plays can make us feel lots of things, but rarely is genuine fear one of them. No matter the creepy effect, it's hard to shake the knowledge that we're all sitting together in a theater. This is the conundrum that plagues the Godlight Theatre Company's...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The defining feature of a metaphor is that it's real — yes or no?" A distraught young woman, asserting her humanity, angrily puts this question to her psychiatrist in 4:48 Psychosis, and it speaks for this entire unsettling and beautiful production....
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A sense of aftermath hovers over Lippy, a shrewdly calibrated production by the Irish company Dead Centre receiving its U.S. premiere at Abrons Arts Center. The ostensible subject is garish: It's the true story of an aunt and her three nieces who boarded...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Somewhere inside every jaded New Yorker, there's an awestruck, aw-shucks sailor, still besotted by the city and crying for some shore leave. So indulge your inner rube and take in the new revival of On the Town, an evergreen entertainment whose brash...
From: Village Voice | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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