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Offering Solace to Strangers in Strange Lands

George Heymont | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Finding ways to communicate certain types of anguish to an audience is a constant challenge for playwrights and screenwriters.

Emmanuelle Seigner in Venus in Fur: The Interview

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Most theater does not translate well into film. The film genre invites expansion and theater can feel claustrophobic. Unless claustrophobic is what you want as in the case of Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' stage play inspired by Sacher-Masoch's novel, Venus in Fur.

Week in Film: Third Person, Jersey Boys and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having never seen the stage version of the jukebox musical on which it was based (in its 10th year on Broadway), I still felt that I was getting a representative feel for that show, as filtered through Eastwood's flinty consciousness. But that doesn't make it a good movie.

Live From the Tribeca Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not to label it a leftover festival, but there is the sense that the movies in Tribeca have either already had their debut elsewhere or, more to the point, didn't have a debut elsewhere because they didn't make the cut. Still, I always enjoy the opportunity that Tribeca affords me as a critic and curator.

Alain Resnais and the Sensuality of French Film

Sophia Stuart | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
Sophia Stuart

If this was an American movie, the opening would be a swift montage, just enough to set the scene, but this is a French film so we linger. Each actor gets to say their line and to respond, crushingly emotionally, to their grief. It is a glorious set-up for the theatrics that follow.

Cannes: Spielberg, Lanzmann, Borders, and Parties

Annette Insdorf | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

The first few days of the Cannes Film Festival have been marked by surprises -- whether in the shifting national identity of movies, or peace-making efforts between towering directors -- and parties that defy the rain.

Audrey Tautou, Etc. at the French Rendez-vous

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.14.2012 | Celebrity
Regina Weinreich

In a far corner of the elegant Fifth Avenue townhouse, Tautou, dark curls bobbing, spoke about why her character would enter into an inexplicable love affair with a dull-witted co-worker. "You don't know where love comes from. He touched her in a deep place," said Tautou, her hands gesticulating wildly.

2012 Rendez-Vous With French Cinema: A Preview

Farihah Zaman | Posted 05.02.2012 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

2012-03-02-Screenshot20120302at3.54.21PM.jpgIf you can't take advantage of the festival's NYC-based screenings, many of these films have a good shot at being picked up for U.S. theatrical and online distribution.

TIFF 2011: The Tunisian Brando, Ewan McGregor in Yemen and Ryan Gosling

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.01.2011 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

In cinematic circles, it is said that the Toronto International Film Festival is second only to Cannes. But in terms of numbers of films presented, industry connections and stars attending, I would say it's too close to call.

Dazzling in NYC -- The Merrymakers Present: Adventures in Anytown

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
E. Nina Rothe

Adventures in Anytown is a dance show for anyone. Anyone with passion in their heart and a desire for some joie de vivre in their life.

Movie Review: The Mesrine Films

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mention The Godfather or Scarface or Goodfellas -- it doesn't matter which American gangster epic you reference, chances are Jean-Francois Richet's pair of Mesrine films stack up pretty well by comparison.

In Paris With Mathieu Amalric: Best Director at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

It is as fun and lively to be with Mathieu as it is to see his film, Tournee -- a story of a French producer who travels across France with a troupe of vivacious burlesque American women.

Tim Burton Announces Palme d'Or Winner at Cannes: Thai Film Uncle Boonmee

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Uncle Boonmee quietly took Cannes by surprise for its evocative story of a dying man who experiences his past lives, including one as a buffalo in a jungle and another as a catfish.

Cannes 2010 Day One: Robin Hood Ho-Hum

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It's a prototypical opening night film for Cannes. Robin Hood delivers the star power they want to get the flash bulbs popping. Art can wait until tomorrow.

Quantum of Solace: James Bond Goes Green!

Darrell Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Darrell Hartman

This second Craig installment in the refreshed franchise couldn't care less about weapons of mass destruction. The movie's main plot twist is that water is the new oil.

Bond Villain: I'm Modeling Smile On Tony Blair, Eyes On Sarkozy

The Times | Dalya Alberge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The actor cast as the arch-villain in the new James Bond film revealed yesterday that he is modelling his portrayal of evil on the smile of Tony Blair...