NYFF57 review: ‘Zombi Child’

ZOMBIE CHILD Bertrand Bonello 2019 France 103 minutes Subtitled Opens January 24, 2020 Bertrand Bonello injects urgency and history into the well-worn walking-dead genre with this unconventional plunge into horror-fantasy, moving fluidly between 1962 Haiti, where a young man known as Clairvius Narcisse is made into a zombie by his resentful brother, and a contemporary Paris girls’ boarding school attended Read More →

NYFF57 review: ‘Pain and Glory’ is one of the year’s best films.

PAIN AND GLORY Pedro Almodóvar 2019 Spain 113 minutes Subtitled New York Premiere ·  Pedro Almodóvar taps into new reservoirs of introspection and emotional warmth with this miraculous, internalized portrayal of Salvador Mallo, a director not too subtly modeled on Almodóvar himself and played by Antonio Banderas, who deservedly won Best Actor at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.   Auto-fiction Read More →

NYFF57 review: ’45 Seconds on Laughter’ Tim Robbins’ doc brings levity to the lives of those who need it most.

45 SECONDS OF LAUGHTER Tim Robbins 2019 USA 95 minutes North American Premiere In his contemplative, pared-down, and wildly engaging documentary, Tim Robbins captures a series of extraordinary sessions in which a group of inmates at the Calipatria State maximum-security facility take part in acting exercises that enhance bonding and emotional connection. Zip. Zap. Zop. This is one of the Read More →