Black Swan

Natalie Portman stars in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan." Black Swan Director: Darren AronofskyWritten by: Mark Heyman, Andres HeinzStarrring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent CasselRun Time: 108 minutesMPAA Rating: Rated R http://www.foxsearchlight.com/blackswan/ When I first emerged from a recent  ...

LennonNYC

LennonNYC A Documentary by Michael Epstein (Now featured on the PBS series American Masters) When you hear there's a new John Lennon documentary touring film festivals and soon to be broadcast on PBS (check your local PBS station  ...

Carlos

Carlos Director: Olivier AssayasWriters: Olivier Assayas, Dan FranckActor: Edgar RamirezLanguage: French, German, English, Spanish, ArabicRunning Time: 330 minutes As I sat watching the five-and-a-half-hour long Carlos, the biopic about lesser-known 70s pro-Palestinian-Che loving international terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka  ...

Jay Rosenblatt Retrospective at MoMa

Scene from Jay Rosenblatt's The Darkness of DayJay Rosenblatt Retrospective at MoMAFor the next week, the Museum of Modern Art in New York will feature the works of Jay Rosenblatt, a most unusual and intriguing filmmaker with a style  ...

Heartbreaker

HeartbreakerDirected by: Pascal ChaumeilScreenplay by: Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner, Yohan GrombStarring: Romain Duris, Vanessa ParadisRunning Time: 105 minutesMPAA Rating: Not Ratedhttp://www.heartbreakermovie.com/To Catch a Thief meets Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  Maybe that wasn’t the official pitch for director Pascal Chaumeil’s romantic  ...

Summertime Movies

Summertime: When the Movies Are Cheesy, Except When they Aren’tIt’s that time of year when Hollywood turns out its biggest, but definitely not necessarily its best.  From May to August we will see a parade of action flicks and  ...

Vincere (2009)

Vincere (2009)Directed by: Marco BellocchioWritten by: Marco BellocchioStarring: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo TimiRun Time: 128 minutesMPAA Rating: Not Ratedhttp://it.movies.yahoo.com/speciali/vincere/There is understandably a risk in bringing stories of unappealing, hated characters to the big screen. You can just imagine the  ...

Broken Embraces

Broken EmbracesDirected by: Pedro AlmodovarWritten by: Pedro AlmodovarStarring: Penelope Cruz, Luis HomarRun Time: 127 minutesMPAA Rating: Rated RIn the hands of the right director, melancholy and melodrama can be a wonderful thing.  Usually, the great Spanish director Pedro Almodovar  ...

Precious

PreciousDirected by: Lee Daniels Written by: Geoffrey Fletcher; based on Push: A Novel by Sapphire Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey Run Time: 109 minutesMPAA Rating: Rated RStories of life's struggles and tragedies may not make for  ...

NYFF 2009

NYFF 2009http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff/nyff.htmlIf the New York Film Festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center sets the stage for the upcoming art house movie season, then the outlook is grim.  By that I don't necessarily mean bad, but definitely  ...