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A Heroine Too Too

A Heroine Too Too

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Moments in Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” adapted from Madeleine L’Engle’s classic 1962 children’s novel, are stunning, especially in their use of color. Yet in the end, this is the kind of film that feels the need to have a soundtrack featuring Sade literally serenading its heroine telling her she’s “the […]

Stardust Memories

Stardust Memories

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Attention New Yorkers of a certain age nostalgic for the 1980s avant-garde East Village arts scene. It’s time to rejoice, for a supreme survivor is back to evoke those glory days, and beyond. I’m speaking of none other than the master of mélange John Kelly, the multitalented, genderqueer artist who in 1981 […]

A Second Spring

A Second Spring

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Belgian director Bavo Defurne’s sophomore feature, “Souvenir,” is a lush, emotional romance he co-wrote and co-produced with his husband, Yves Verbraeken. At a pâté factory, a lonely older woman, Liliane (Isabelle Huppert), meets Jean (Kévin Azaïs), a boxer. He recognizes her as a runner-up from the European Song Contest, where she […]

Latin American Cinema’s Frontier

Latin American Cinema’s Frontier

BY STEVE ERICKSON | “Neighboring Scenes” ends on the day the 2018 Oscars take place, when the Chilean transgender melodrama “A Fantastic Woman,” which unfortunately turns its heroine’s grief into a voyeuristic wallow, and Mexican-born director Guillermo del Toro’s excellent “The Shape of Water” might take home prizes. In fact, “A Fantastic Woman” is playing alongside […]

Edie Windsor’s Victory — and Much More — In Barely an Hour

Edie Windsor’s Victory — and Much More — In Barely an Hour

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Donna Zaccaro accomplishes a whole lot in just 62 minutes. Her new film, “To A More Perfect Union: United States v. Windsor” — which screens in the coming week as part of the Winter Film Awards 2018 International Film Festival — not only tells the personal story of the remarkable woman who […]

Intimate Look at AIDS’ Toll on an LA Couple

Intimate Look at AIDS’ Toll on an LA Couple

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The “Film Comment Selects” series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is having a 25th anniversary screening of “Silverlake Life: The View from Here” on February 25 at 4:30 pm. This powerful documentary, co-directed by Tom Joslin and Peter Friedman, was filmed in 1990, but released in 1993. It candidly presents […]

A Panic Defense Abandoned

A Panic Defense Abandoned

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The chilling ID TV documentary “Love and Hate Crime: Double Lives” chronicles Josh Vallum, a 29-year-old man in Mississippi who murdered his girlfriend, Mercedes Williamson, in 2015 when, he said, he discovered she was transgender. The film features interviews with Vallum in prison recounting the crime. As director Ben Steele’s documentary […]

Re-Toolng the Great American Songbook

Re-Toolng the Great American Songbook

BY DAVID NOH | New York can be such a small town, especially if you’re in the business of show. It had been a hectically busy week and I’d had to reschedule an interview with actress/ singer Lena Hall, who then coincidentally popped up that same day performing with John Cameron Mitchell at the opening night/ […]

A Void Inside a Void

A Void Inside a Void

BY STEVE ERICKSON | It’s very fitting that Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” opens in the US in winter. An arctic chill runs through this film, which begins and ends with images of snow-covered tree branches over a pond. In between, it tells the story of a marriage dissolving as the couple’s child disappears. The cinematography […]

Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay writer and director François Ozon’s new film “Double Lover” plays with his favorite twinned themes of secret lives and shifting identities. Adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates novel “Lives of the Twins” (which the author wrote under a pseudonym), the film has Chloé (Marine Vacth) seeking help from Paul […]