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A poster for Tehran Taboo, a film by Ali Soozandeh.

‘Tehran Taboo’ Is a Minor Masterpiece

Feb 13, 2018
“Tehran Taboo,” an Austrian-German animated film by Ali Soozandeh, moves through the interwoven lives of three women in Tehran, Iran, each desperately trying to make a future from complicated romantic or sexual circumstances.
“Have a Nice Day” is a new animated film by Liu Jian that focuses on the life of a local gang driver Xiao Zhang, voiced by Zhu Changlong. The film is now playing at the Angelika Film Center.

Thanks, You Too: Responding to ‘Have A Nice Day’

Feb 5, 2018
“Have A Nice Day” is a Tarantino-inspired Chinese black comedy that follows protagonist Xiao Zhang, a local gang driver who has just stolen one million dollars.
A scene from the documentary “Sled Dogs” by Fern Levitt shows the hardships of the dog sledding competition.

Documentary Advocates to Let the ‘Sled Dogs’ Out

Feb 5, 2018
NYU’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the NYC Bar Animal Law Committee co-hosted a screening of the documentary “Sled Dogs,” Wednesday night, about the Iditarod dog race.
“Future ‘38” is an ironic homage to the films of Jack’s time, transitioning from black-and-white to color as he enters the future, openly winking at “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Timing and Timeliness of ‘Future ’38’

Dec 5, 2017
“Future ’38” is a subtle satire that follows American Secret Agent Jack Essex hi-jinks and adventures as he tries to recover a secret weapon that could prevent World War II.
Catch George A. Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead in a new 4K restoration at the Film Forum this October.

Film Forum Revives ‘Night of the Living Dead’ in 4K

Oct 13, 2017
Just in time for Halloween, Film Forum is showing George Romero's 1968 masterpiece "Night of the Living Dead" in beautiful 4K restoration.
“Ex Libris” is a charming three-hour documentary about the New York Public Library and its people.

‘Ex Libris’ Brings Books to Life

Sep 11, 2017
"Ex Libris" is a surprisingly fascinating documentary about the New York Public Library and its branches that becomes more than its subject matter.
Mark Webb’s new film “Gifted” is currently in theaters. The movie is about a little girl who is a math prodigy and stuck in a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother.

Bright but Not Quite ‘Gifted’

Apr 10, 2017
With an impressive cast featuring Jenny Slate, Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer and the young Mckenna Grace, it's impressive that "Gifted" still falls flat on a dramatic premise.
Art With a Heart of Adamantium

Art With a Heart of Adamantium

Apr 6, 2017
As more films are adapted from comics, Marvel and its contemporaries need to follow the model of "Logan," where viewers can empathize with characters with real emotions.
“Cezanne et Moi” is a film about the friendship between painter Paul Cezanne and author Emile Zola that arises when Cezanne challenges Zola about his recent work. The film will open on April 7 with a national rollout to follow.

‘Cezanne et Moi’ Brings to Life the Friendship of Two Great Artists

Apr 3, 2017
A new French film follows the sometimes volatile relationship between the Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Émile Zola.
Pierre Niney and Paula Beer as Adrien and Anna, in French filmmaker Franҫois Ozon’s “Frantz.” “Frantz” released in the U.S. on March 17.

Finding a Friend in New Film “Frantz”

Mar 22, 2017
In a world bursting to the brim with art making deeper meanings, "Frantz" is a film that is simply and incredibly beautiful.