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Hamptons 2014
Eastern alternative: Hamptons Film Festival generates its own star power

If you ask filmmakers and distributors what separates New York Film Festival (NYFF) audiences from those attending the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), they’ll probably answer only 109 miles. In fact, this year marked even less separation, as the two fests—one in Manhattan, one out east near the tip of Long Island—overlapped for several mid-October days. More »

NYFF 2014 Wrap
That’s a wrap! Recapping the second half of the 52nd New York Film Festival

As happens every year, the end of another rewarding, varied and surprising New York Film Festival (NYFF), organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, is a kind of beginning. More »

Fury Feature
‘Fury’ duty: David Ayer leads Brad Pitt and company in World War II tank drama

With Fury, writer-director David Ayer sets out to provide one of the most visceral and realistic depictions of World War II-era tank warfare yet committed to the screen. More »

Overnighters feature
Boomtown blues: Jesse Moss documents the struggles of a North Dakota community overwhelmed by job-seekers

The small town of Williston, North Dakota, is on the front lines of the central battles in today's economy. A boomtown thanks to its location atop the enormous Bakken shale oil field, Williston has seen its population almost double in ten years. More »

Alexander feature
Not a Bad Day: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Miguel Arteta share details of their ‘Alexander’ adventure

The movie version of Judith Viorst's classic 1972 children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day had a development gestation that might have made the put-upon Alexander say, "Ah well, maybe my day wasn't so bad." More »

Chazelle
Off the charts: Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’ quickens the pulse with tale of ambitious young drummer

The questions concerning art, morality and the often fraught interplay between the two which Damien Chazelle poses in his film Whiplash “keep me up at night,” the writer-director admits. More »

New York Film Festival
Gone to Lincoln Center: New York Film Festival launches edition number 52

It's no surprise that 2014 is proving to be another good year for The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual New York Film Festival More »

Hossein Amini
The Talented Mr. Amini: Oscar-nominated screenwriter helms Patricia Highsmith’s devious ‘Two Faces of January’

Brazen bitchery occurs in the movie version of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d when two old screen divas brush up against each other. Says one (Elizabeth Taylor) to the other (Kim Novak): “There are only two things I dislike about you. Your face.” More »

The Zero Theorem
Future shock: Terry Gilliam fashions another wild sci-fi world in ‘The Zero Theorem’

Terry Gilliam slumps over his table, summoning energy as the long day drags on. "We're a part of the machine now, it's all a machine," he mutters, scanning a Lower Manhattan sidewalk café for an exit from the public-relations circus. More »

Boxtrolls feature
Out of the box: Laika animation studio conjures Victorian England with tale of subterranean ‘Boxtrolls’

With its all-star cast of British character actors, menagerie of paranormal creatures and darkly macabre wit, you'd be forgiven for assuming that the new stop-motion feature The Boxtrolls hails from dear old Blighty, perhaps courtesy of a newly created animation division of English horror mainstay Hammer Films. More »

Col Needham
Data man: How IMDB’s Col Needham conquered filmdom with just the facts

The founder and chief executive of the world’s largest film database, IMDB.com, is every bit the movie fan one could hope for. “I’ve now seen more than 8,500 films,” chuckles Col Needham, offering what proves to be a conservative estimate. More »

Sarnos feature
Sexy and sweet: ‘A Life in Dirty Movies’ offers an endearing portrait of soft-core filmmaker Joe Sarno and his wife Peggy

In the annals of movie pitches that have worked, “Imagine your favorite grandparents, only they make sex movies” surely has a place. More »

The Equalizer Feature
Counting on ‘The Equalizer’: Antoine Fuqua reunites with Denzel Washington for movie reboot of TV vigilante series

When a TV series makes the leap to the multiplex, it's typically expected to either continue the story that was told on the boob tube or function as a big-budget repeat of the pilot episode. More »

Tombstones Feature
Scudder missile: Liam Neeson embodies Lawrence Block’s private eye in Scott Frank’s ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’

When he first tackled A Walk Among the Tombstones, a Universal release opening Sept. 19, screenwriter Scott Frank was coming off a string of successes that included Get Shorty and Out of Sight. More »

Keep On Feature
Keepin’ On: Alan Hicks documents the special bond between jazz legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin

The image is haunting and indelible: a pair of hands outstretched, searching unsteadily for another pair of outstretched hands, finally coming together and going into a big bear-hug embrace. Almost 70 years separate those hands, but the common bond of music erases that gap, and suddenly a state of perfect harmony exists. More »

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REVIEWS

Fury Review
Film Review: Fury

American tanks fight superior German forces in the closing days of World War II. More »

Birdman
Film Review: Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Virtuosic camerawork and a stellar ensemble of actors more than make up for the occasional moment of portentous twaddle in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's latest—and maybe his best—film. More »

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