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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. Little Men For all the films that are basically about men who are friends—the vast majority of them—few of them seem to have a resemblance to actual male friendship. From the first time preteens Jake and Tony meet, Ira Sachs's Little Men captures that reality with an impressive...
Ira Sachs’s Little Men is a movie about little moments and how they can sneak up on you in big ways—at any age. Little Men constitutes the third in what might be considered a trilogy of Sachs stories about male relationships in the big city: before last year’s Love Is Strange, Sachs made Keep the Lights On, which followed the tumultuous love affair between a filmmaker and an addict living in New York. With...
The 2016 edition of BAMcinemaFest, the city's premier indie-film showcase, begins tomorrow night, Wednesday the 15th, and continues through Sunday the 26th. Earlier, we introduced you to the local filmmakers featured in the program; below and on the following pages, our critics offer up their picks through the program's opening weekend. Little Men Directed by Ira Sachs In addition to being a touching romance, Sachs’s previous film, Love is Strange, was also a kind of real-estate horror...
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....

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