Perfect timing in ‘5 to 7’

Anton Yelchin, who is known for his work in “Star Trek,” plays Brian in Victor Levin’s latest feature “5 to 7.” While New York City-based love stories have been done a number of times...

‘While We’re Young’ pits young against old

Noah Baumbach’s new comedy-drama “While We’re Young,” which features Adam Driver, Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried, tells the story of a middle-aged couple’s marriage and career journeys compared to those of a...

‘Wolf’ fails to come to life

Fernando Coimbra’s new film “Wolf at the Door” makes itself out to be an abduction film. The film is described in its marketing as “a fast-paced thriller filmed in Brazil about a kidnapped child...

‘Hunter’ follows in the footsteps of ‘Fargo’

In David and Nathan Zellner’s newest film “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” Kumiko, a depressed Japanese woman, watches the Coen brothers’ movie “Fargo,” and proceeds to go on a life-altering odyssey. The film was inspired...

Short film delves into officer psyche

In a mere 10 minutes, the short dramatic film “Plain Clothes,” gets to the heart of the moral dilemma that police officers often face of separating work and personal life. “Plain Clothes” follows a suburban...

Sandler film creative but chaotic

“The Cobbler” takes the old adage of putting oneself in another man’s shoes quite literally. The new movie stars Adam Sandler, an NYU alumnus, as Max Simkin, a fourth-generation cobbler who takes on others’...

Film examines prison culture

The condition of the United States prison system often times is considered a universal joke, but its issues are never actually addressed. Between the excessive arrest rates, rampant violence, sexual abuse and lack of...

Irish film has trouble depicting Troubles

1971 was a peak year in the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles. During this year, significant bursts of violence between the Provisional IRA — an Irish paramilitary group inspired by...

Nonsensical plot stymies Cronenberg’s ‘Maps’

“Maps to the Stars,” David Cronenberg’s newest feature is a horrifyingly hilarious satire of Hollywood culture. Cronenberg is often recognized for his weird, daring films, “Maps to the Stars” follows such. The film, which...

‘Canaries’ combines comedy, noir

The film “Wild Canaries,” directed by Lawrence Michael Levine, hearkens back to the genres of screwball comedy and film noir. Dark comedy and an examination of modern relationships intertwine in this comedic and modern...

Alumnus’ ‘Bluebird’ flies off screen

NYU alumnus Lance Edmands’ first feature film “Bluebird” is an ambitious — but successful — artistic endeavor. Edmands said the film, which stars Amy Morton, John Slattery, Adam Driver, Emily Meade and Margo Martindale, aims...

No ‘Hope’ for ‘Queen and Country’

English filmmaker John Boorman achieved critical acclaim with his World War II film à clef “Hope and Glory.” However, if he expects the same praise for its sequel, “Queen and Country,” he will be...
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