‘Tokyo Twilight’: Ozu’s Metaphorical Landscape of Heartbreak and Change

Yasujiro Ozu’s “Tokyo Twilight” (1957), restored in 4K at Film Forum on Houston Street, documents the simultaneous evolution of the Sugiyama family and the eponymous Japanese city on the eve of a modern era...

‘Knives Out’ Is a Lighthearted Whodunnit

For years, Rian Johnson has wanted to write a mystery film inspired by the works of Agatha Christie, whose novels have been developed into such films as “And Then There Were None” (1965) and...

‘Burning Cane’: NYU Sophomore’s Film to Premiere on Netflix

Tisch sophomore Phillip Youmans’s debut directorial feature “Burning Cane” showcases a unique and original cinematic perspective from a surprisingly young source. Youmans wrote and directed the film while he was still in high school...

‘By the Grace of God’ Redefines Faith and Power

“By the Grace of God” layers skin onto the skeletons of an all-too-familiar reality. Some are men of God, whereas others have just enough faith to take on a case that has shocked the...

‘The Lighthouse’ Merges Classic Saltwater Horror with Modern Experimentalism

“The Lighthouse” could have been nothing more than a novelty. The stylish black and white veneer of the film that harkens back to early cinema ensured a unique visual treat at the very least,...

‘Jojo Rabbit’: Not Your Typical Coming-of-Age Story

Most children have an imaginary friend growing up. For Jojo, that imaginary friend just so happens to be Adolf Hitler. The film follows 10-year-old Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), a member of the Hitler Youth,...

‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’ — An Otherworldly Collaboration

This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Alien,” and director Alexander O. Philippe is leading the festivities. On Oct. 4, Philippe’s new documentary “Memory: The Origins of Alien” was released, inviting fans to a...

‘El Camino’ a Poignant and Satisfying Conclusion

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” is a rare pleasure. It is a sequel film that relies not on nostalgia or name-recognition but instead on carefully considered, well-executed visual storytelling. Director and series creator...

‘The Cave’: A Dreary Ode to Hope

“Keep on smiling for the children, it’s the least we can do,” says Dr. Amani Ballor, as the walls of the Cave ring with the echoes of destruction from the warplanes bombing Eastern Al...

‘Parasite’: The Movie Experience of the Year

Bong Joon-ho’s "Parasite" is not for the polite, the critic with folded hands or the reserved, well-postured movie-goer who blinks regularly. This year’s Palme d’Or winner is a masterwork of class and deceit that...

NYU Grad Ryan Perez Reveals Why ‘An Actor Despairs’ on New Podcast

Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute at NYU is known for its catchphrase “An Actor Prepares.” Ryan Perez, a 2010 graduate of the Strasberg studio, started a podcast — “An Actor Despairs” — in...

Unpopular Opinions: Scary Movies

“Where The Wild Things Are” When I was younger I adored Maurice Sendak’s book “Where The Wild Things Are,” so when I heard that a movie adaptation was coming out in 2009, I was thrilled....
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