New York Film Festival

‘Bridge of Spies’ Review: Master Spies From Master Filmmaker Steven Spielberg

by Matt Singer October 5, 2015 @ 8:45 AM
With Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg continues the project he started with Lincoln: Using history to illuminate his vision of modern American values. But where Lincoln was about a “great man,” Bridge of Spies is about an ordinary one — an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn named James B. Donovan. In the late 1950s, Donovan was chosen by his peers to represent a captured Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel. But while most of Donovan’s colleagues (and even the presiding judge on the case) want him involved purely to give Abel’s trial the appearance of due process, Donovan actually mounts a rigorous defense of his client, at considerable risk to his reputation and even his personal safety.

Review: ‘The Walk’ Fails to Capture the Beauty of the Twin Tower High-Wire Feat

by Erin Whitney September 27, 2015 @ 12:25 PM
Sony Pictures
Following a press screening of Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, the opening film at the New York Film Festival, the director said part of what inspired his movie was that Philippe Petit’s real-life walk was never captured on film. While there are photographs of Petit walking on a high-wire between the Twin Towers on August 7, 1974, as explored in the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire, video footage of his audacious illegal performance doesn’t exist. In the film, Zemeckis attempts to turn the thrilling walk into an immersive experience with 3D and IMAX, but some moments, especially ones as majestic as Petit’s walk, should remain an unseen mystery.

'Gone Girl' Cast at New York Film Festival: The Only Stable Character Is the Cat

by Nick Romano September 27, 2014 @ 12:21 PM
20th Century Fox
"The only really stable character in this house is the cat," remarked a reporter at the press conference following the screening of 'Gone Girl' that kicked off the New York Film Festival. But as Tyler Perry said, "You haven't met the cat."

'Inherent Vice' First Look: Josh Brolin Goes From Thanos to "Bigfoot"

by Nick Romano August 18, 2014 @ 9:13 AM
Warner Bros.
After his famous romp with Mark Wahlberg in 'Boogie Nights,' director Paul Thomas Anderson brings us back to the '70s with his upcoming film, 'Inherent Vice,' a highly anticipated project starring the likes of Josh Brolin and Joaquin Phoenix, and adapted from the Thomas Pynchon gonzo novel of the same name. With 'Inherent Vice' set to make its grand debut at this year's New York Film Festival, its first official look has emerged, toting Brolin's new haircut and tons and tons of pancakes.

2014 New York Film Festival: 'Foxcatcher,' 'Whiplash' and More Round Out Main Slate

by Nick Romano August 13, 2014 @ 12:22 PM
Sony Pictures Classics/Entertainment One/Sony Pictures Classics
The 2014 New York Film Festival was already looking to be a can't-miss event for cinephiles, given its previous announcements of gala screenings of David Fincher's 'Gone Girl,' Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Birdman,' but the announcement of the festival's Main Slate selections brings with it some of the most highly anticipated titles of the year.

'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' Sequel Might Happen

by Nick Romano October 19, 2012 @ 10:01 AM
It's safe to say that we were all a bit bummed when Bob Hoskins announced his retirement. He gave us such classic characters from movies like 'Hook,' 'Enemy at the Gates' and, of course, the iconic 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' But none seemed more disappointed than director Robert Zemeckis and not just because he was a fan of Hoskins' work, either. Turns out that a 'Roger Rabbit 2' is actually ready to go with a completed script.

'Life of Pi' Reviews: Early Reactions From the New York Premiere

by Nick Romano September 28, 2012 @ 4:02 PM
20th Century Fox
We want nothing more to fall in love with Ang Lee's movie adaptation of the 'Life of Pi.' The latest trailers and images dolled out to help promote the film are simply stunning to look at, and everyone seems to be hoping that the final product will match our preconceived expectations. Now, thanks to some early reviews and reactions coming in from the 'Life of Pi' debut at the 2012 New York Film Festival, we finally have some clue whether to expect the best or the worst from the theatrical release on November 21, 2012.