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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. 5. Certain Women Borrowing from the short stories of Maile Maloy, Kelly Riechardt’s latest poetic exercise provides a glimpse into the lives of three (very) loosely connected female characters in and around a spectacularly snow-dusted Montana. One is a lawyer (the always-excellent Laura Dern) dealing with a particularly disgruntled—and...
Certain Women plays October 4 and 6 as part of the main slate of the 54th New York Film Festival. IFC Films will release the movie theatrically beginning October 14. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. Certain Women is a study in beautiful landscapes and unknowable characters. Kelly Reichardt’s film concerns three distinct stories in Montana. There’s Laura (Laura Dern), a lawyer dealing with an unstable client; Gina (Michelle Williams) and Ryan (James Le...
In its current and most recognizable iteration, that affiliated with Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival dates back to 1991, which means that many filmmakers who presented their earliest works at the festival are now cohabiting with a newer generation they’ve likely influenced. Included in that year’s lineup were novices Todd Haynes and Richard Linklater, alongside Barbara Kopple, who had already won an Oscar for Harlan County, USA, and canonical documentarians the Maysles....
The Kentile Sign meant nothing to me. It was dismantled before I was able to see the 8-story advertisement grace the Gowanus skyline, but even if I had been here, and passed it on those rare occurrences that I took the F train running through Smith-9th Street, I doubt I would have any emotional attachment towards it.   To me, it was just an aesthetically pleasing billboard with no story behind it, no message or...

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