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Big Night (1996) Directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott Screening Saturday, 11/12, at Metrograph Directed by and starring Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott, and featuring superb performances by Tony Shalhoub, Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver and Marc Anthony—yes, that Marc Anthony—Big Night was a culinary enthusiast's sauce-splattered dream years before today's arguably exaggerated forms and expressions of foodie culture were much of a thing. On that note, 'arguably exaggerated forms and expressions' is a variably apropos statement...
Fatima Directed by Philippe Faucon Opens August 26th An interview with the director (English translation) A bit neorealist and a bit cinéma vérité, a bit documentary and a bit new wave, a bit political and a bit sociological, a bit delicate and daring as well, Fatima, the new film by Philippe Faucon, is also an utterly tender and engaging work, and one that should be not merely seen, but also lived—for despite the complexity of the themes at...
  Under the Sun Directed by Vitaly Mansky Opens July 6   What became increasingly apparent to me as I watched Under the Sun, and as it continued to drift further and further away from something along the lines of what I'd imagined it would be, is that it is quite certainly one of the most bizarre and multivalent films I'd ever seen. While not showing you very much, it somehow shows you a great deal. While it tells...
  Les Cowboys Directed by Thomas Bidegain Opens June 24 Les Cowboys, a new film by French director Thomas Bidegain, does a splendid job of situating you in a generally bewildering, intermittently misleading, recognizable yet unfamiliar, frequently uncanny, sometimes alarming, occasionally sublime, overall almost strangely ideologically neutral sort of geographico-political nowhere—one that is also, at certain junctures, a most specific somewhere. Now drifting, now darting, now wandering back and forth through time and place alike, the film meanders...

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