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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. Off the Rails The documentary Off the Rails tells the fascinating, frustrating story of Darius McCollum, an affable man with Asperger’s syndrome who since his teenage years in the 1980s has been commandeering MTA trains and buses. Darius has been arrested 32 times for his hobby,...
Manchester by the Sea Directed by Kenneth Lonergan Opens November 18 Sullen or kid-like or both, Casey Affleck has rarely seemed like a robust figure to build a movie around, more often puppyishly indicating a person who’s not filling out his shoes rather than fitting the bill. But filmmaker-playwright Kenneth Lonergan, in only three strange films, has been attracted to actors able to thrive in an awkward phase, whether it’s Mark Ruffalo and his permanently protesting drawl...
Manchester by the Sea screened Saturday and Sunday, and screens again October 11, as part of the main slate of the 54th New York Film Festival. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions will release the film theatrically beginning November 18. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. I’m not aware of any formal census having been taken, but I feel safe concluding from my own observations that there was not a dry eye to be found...
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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