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 →

New York Film Festival Review: ‘Sybil’ is chaotic and anything but predictable

What I really enjoyed about Justine Triet’s ‘Sybil’ is the layered stories that are told in real-time alongside flashbacks. The result leaves you with a feeling of unease. Was it happening now or was she remembering? I got a feeling of confusion that was intriguing and captivating. Past and present collide in an increasingly complicated and highly entertaining fashion in Read More →