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  A few weeks ago I posted an informatively entertaining—I don’t think I’d be the only one to describe it thusly—and collaboratively crafted roundup of NYC art in 2015, “The Dear Readers Edition.” After it went live, some of the contributors mentioned that many other shows came to mind that they might have included, and a number of others wanted to add their two cents. All that led to this piece, “Back to Forward,” ...
Asked once again to write up 10-best capsules for 2015 (after 10-odd years reviewing at The L Magazine and now Brooklyn Magazine), I happily found more than a few things to like.... The Assassin: Alphabetically but also the only numeric ranking I’ll give: Hou Hsiao-hsien renders this Tang Dynasty tale of romantic torment with gorgeous beauty and a time-suspending sense of presence. Carol: Todd Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy’s adaptation of The Price of Salt by...
Amour Fou: Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner unfurls this stealth comedy, revolving around the 1811 suicide pact between German writer Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel, in a series of shoebox interiors, the actors staring past each other in the otherworldly fashion of Gertrud. This is a weird and wonderful take on what Young Werther hath wrought—unromantic “love,” unto death, in the Romantic period. Blackhat: A somewhat disconnected-seeming movie about our vulnerable grid, Michael Mann’s film...
10. Creed (Ryan Coogler) Not the only decades-later sequel on this list; yes, Rocky Balboa came out only nine years ago, and the new movie manages to roll a lot of series continuity into a cohesive whole. But Creed is, in its way, a truer successor to the original Rocky than any of the movies that have come out since ’76: moving, exciting, rousing, and maybe even better-made. It can also slide into this list...

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