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‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Takes on New York in Trailer for Sundance Comedy

Netflix has released the first teaser for The Incredible Jessica James, a comedy that centers around an aspiring playwright who develops a relationship with a guy on the rebound in New York. However, the teaser is more focused on the titular character’s (Jessica Williams) more negative (and comedic) interactions with men, along with a demonstration of her […]

John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson Form a Bond in Trailer for kogonada’s ‘Columbus’

The path to becoming a director is one generally accompanied by a profound knowledge of film history, but that passion is rarely more public then when it comes to kogonada. After years of working on visually detailed video essays for The Criterion Collection, Sight & Sound, and more, he’s now made his directorial debut with […]

New to Streaming: ‘The Bad Batch,’ ‘Summer Hours,’ ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ ‘Paterson,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles […]

Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Tavi Gevinson & More Survive New York in Trailer for ‘Person to Person’

Multiple New York stories come together in Dustin Guy Defa’s Person to Person, an ensemble piece that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film was shot on 16mm, which lead The Film Stage’s Dan Mecca to comment, “There is certainly — and commendably — a worn look to this version of New […]

Trailer for ‘That Day, on the Beach’ Restoration Revives Edward Yang and Christopher Doyle’s Debut Feature

Good Lord, here’s a welcome find: Edward Yang’s long-rare, long-left-in-horrible-condition debut feature That Day, on the Beach has been restored with assistance from the Central Motion Picture Corporation — in 2015, it turns out, when the film had an under-the-radar screening at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival. It’s coming to international waters on July 14; and while […]

NYC Weekend Watch: Ozu, Peter Nestler, ‘Monterey Pop,’ Bertrand Tavernier & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]

Jake Gyllenhaal Gets ‘Stronger’ in First Trailer for David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon Bombing Drama

After Peter Berg took some liberties in directing a thriller-esque approach to the Boston Marathon Bombing drama with last year’s Patriots Day, a new film this fall takes a more personal lens on the horrific event. Stronger, directed by David Gordon Green, tells the story of survivor Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) who adjusts to his new […]

The New West: The Greatest Revisionist Westerns of All-Time

The classical western exists as an ideal sandbox for stories of heroism, in which white hats can immediately separate our protagonists from the black-hatted antagonists. Occasionally, though, we have a revisionist western that questions and defies the well-trodden patriarchal confines of the genre, as if looking at an old image from a tilted perspective and finding something new. […]

Marion Cotillard Finds Passion in U.S. Trailer for ‘From the Land of the Moon’

While she recently opened Cannes with Ismael’s Ghosts, a Marion Cotillard-led feature from last year’s festival will now get a release next month. Nicole Garcia’s From the Land of the Moon is a period weepy, set after World War II, which follows the actress bound by a loveless and begins an affair. Also starring Louis Garrel and Álex Brendemühl, Sundance […]

BAMcinemaFest Review: ‘Escapes’ is a Seductive, Larger-Than-Life Look at Hampton Fancher

BAMcinemaFest 2017 ReviewGrasshopper Film; 89 minutes Director: Michael Almereyda Written by Jose Solís on June 22, 2017  Escapes isn’t the only Michael Almereyda film showing at BAMcinemaFest this year. In fact, it’s not even Almereyda’s only festival entry dealing with memory (the other being the melancholic sci-fi tale Marjorie Prime), but it’s certainly the one in which […]