Criticwire

Intruding on the History of Iranian Cinema

  • By Peter Labuza
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  • October 12, 2012 6:08 PM
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On the film from the New York Film Festival that made one of our Critics Academy members physically ill -- and why that's not a bad thing.

Small (Cinema)Scope: The Widescreen Imagery of 'Beyond the Hills'

  • By Blair McClendon
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  • October 12, 2012 11:51 AM
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"Work of art" does not suffice as a label for Cristian Mungiu’s new film, "Beyond The Hills." Cameras have long celebrated labor, of bodies as well as minds, and here the film itself has become "work" in all of its most beautiful, terrifying connotations. This tale of two young women -- friends since their days in an orphanage, who reunite in a monastery -- pushes itself to the point of exhaustion. Yet, it never collapses. It only builds upon itself promising something ever more powerful until the screen finally goes black and the audience, too, has labored long and hard.

Window Shopping Through Kiarostami and Dorsky

  • By Max Nelson
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  • October 11, 2012 12:08 PM
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Just one look (or two) in the films of two New York Film Festival auteurs.

Love and Death in the Films of Michael Haneke

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • October 10, 2012 1:06 PM
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Sadistic? Maybe. Hard to watch? Sometimes. Familial? Definitely, though it may take a bit of work to notice.

Dancing in the Rain: Nicole Kidman's Femme Fatales

  • By Caitlin Hughes
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  • October 9, 2012 5:00 PM
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In the New York Film Festival film "The Paperboy" Nicole Kidman returns to the role of a femme fatale. How her performance compares with the one she played 17 years ago in "To Die For."

Please Turn On Your Cell Phone: The Dark Side of Smartphones in New York Film Festival Movies

  • By Blair McClendon
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  • October 9, 2012 2:44 PM
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A pair of New York FIlm Festival movies put the spotlight on the role of smartphones in modern society.

An Inconceivable 'Princess Bride' Reunion at New York Film Festival

  • By Corey O'Connell
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  • October 8, 2012 11:30 AM
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Plus: William Goldman and Rob Reiner talk about their dreams for a "Princess Bride" sequel.

YouTube Aesthetics Invade Film Festival Documentaries

  • By Alec Kubas-Meyer
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  • October 5, 2012 2:20 PM
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Comparing two very unusual new documentaries -- "Room 237" and "Leviathan" -- which bear two very different influences from YouTube filmmaking.

Holy Celluloid Versus Digital Passion

  • By Peter Labuza
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  • October 3, 2012 12:25 PM
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Comparing the representations of digital filmmaking in a trio of New York Film Festival selections

Words of Wisdom From the Critics Academy

  • By Matt Singer
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  • October 1, 2012 12:49 PM
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