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‘One Night in Miami…’ Dissects Power in America

Based on Kemp Powers' stage play of the same name, Regina King’s directorial debut “One Night in Miami…” is a thoughtful (if conventionally plotted) thesis on power and civil rights in America.

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Arts Vanity: Quarantine Films About Quarantine

Well, 2020 didn’t end up being the year that I nor anybody else expected when it came to film. But here are four films about quarantine to watch in quarantine to soothe all your lockdown woes.

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From NYFF: ‘French Exit’ is a Rare Disjunctive Delight

It’s eccentric with a capital “E” and a complete tonal mishmash that shouldn’t work on a conceptual level, but director Azazel Jacobs’ absurdist satire “French Exit” salvages a vibrant, beating heart from the unlikeliest of places.

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From NYFF: ‘Red, White and Blue’ is a Powerful Introspection

It’s not as euphoric as “Lovers Rock” or as exciting as “Mangrove,” but director Steve McQueen's “Red, White and Blue” is a cogent, politically charged meditation on structural racism.

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From NYFF: ‘Tragic Jungle’ is Tragically Forgettable

Olaizola’s film is supposed to be an otherworldly experience — a fever dream fraught with woozy visions of unexplained horrors and carnal desires. But “Tragic Jungle” is neither evocative nor frightening; in fact, it’s rather bland.

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From NYFF: ‘The Woman Who Ran’ is a Head Scratcher

Instead, acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (credited here with the Herculean task of serving as writer, director, producer, editor, and composer) creates a film that, while far from a clear read, uses well composed cinematography and earnest character conversations to push multiple thematic interpretations.

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From NYFF: ‘The Truffle Hunters’ is a Tale of Two Cities

“The Truffle Hunters” is a film about how elite sellers have managed to prop up a multi-million dollar industry that sells exclusively to the world’s crème de la crème by exploiting small town elderly truffle hunters in the Northern Italian countryside.

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From NYFF: ‘Beginning’ Undermines Powerful Concepts with Glacial Pacing

While “Beginning” hardly treads new thematic ground, it is remarkable in how it conveys them; by leaving the camera as a stubbornly static participant, "Beginning" matches the entrapment of its central character with the entrapment of what viewers see on screen.

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From NYFF: 'Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue' Explores Resilience in the Face of Change

In his latest film, the documentary “Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue,” famed Chinese director Jia Zhang-Ke (“Still Life” and “Ash is Purest White”) stitches together multiple accounts of the transformation of day-to-day life in the face of the Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976.

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From NYFF: ‘Night of the Kings’ is Hallucinatory

Some films can conjure images so lurid and so hypnotic that they simulate the feeling of dreaming. “Night of the Kings,” written and directed by Philippe Lacôte, is one of those films.

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From NYFF: ‘On the Rocks’ is Endearingly Sweet

Academy Award winning writer-director Sofia Coppola makes an intriguing change of pace with her latest film, “On the Rocks,” which feels more like one of Woody Allen’s detective-rom-com hybrids from the ’80s and ’90s than it does "The Virgin Suicides" or "Lost in Translation."

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From NYFF: ‘Nomadland’ is a Worthy Centerpiece Selection

In just her third film, Zhao tackles bold themes as she delivers a visually stunning and carefully written film that illuminates the lives disenfranchised by a society which too often prioritizes capitalistic wealth over human wellbeing.

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From NYFF: ‘Mangrove’ is a Tense, if Conventional, Courtroom Drama

While McQueen tells an ambitious and timely story, “Mangrove” doesn’t serve dramatic justice to its incendiary subject matter.

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From NYFF: ‘The Human Voice’ is Bold and Self-Aware

Academy Award winning Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar, known for “Talk to Her” and “Pain and Glory”, leaves his trademark stylistic stamp on his English-language debut “The Human Voice.”

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