Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Film Comment Selects Continues

As Lincoln Center's Film Comment Selects series picks up steam, my last two reviews from the mini-fest have been posted at the House Next Door, covering Gianfranco Rosi's fascinating El Sicario, Room 164 and Lu Chuan's misguided The City of Life and Death. In regular release Xavier Beauvois' excellent Of Gods and Men begins its theatrical run this week with Slant Magazine reposting my review from last year's New York Film Festival, while my brief take on the forgettable The Over the Hill Band can be found in the Village Voice.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Film Comment Selects Begins

While this week's batch of first-run reviews contains the usual underwhelming mix, there's good news for film fans. That's because Lincoln Center's annual Film Comment Selects series starts today, kicking off with at least two worthwhile entries, both of which I covered for The House Next Door.

First Run Films
Even the Rain (Slant)
Putty Hill (The L Magazine)
Immigration Tango (Time Out New York)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (Time Out New York)

Film Comment Selects
I Wish I Knew (The House Next Door)
Bas-Fonds (The House Next Door)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sandler, Aniston and More

Of the films covered in my latest batch of reviews the most high profile is undoubtedly Just Go with It, the new Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy. The best is likely The Sky Turns, Mercedes Álvarez's 2004 meditation on history, memory, time and technological progress, getting a belated release starting Friday at the Anthology Film Archives. Both reviews are from the Village Voice.

Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (Slant)
Home (Village Voice)
Just Go with It (Village Voice)
The Sky Turns (Village Voice)