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Kelly Reichardt’s debut feature River of Grass—nominated for the 1994 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and now restored and re-issued by Oscilloscope Laboratories; it opens Friday at the IFC Center—is so offhand in tone, fragmentary in structure, and coyly prosaic that some might mistake the film for a callow stumble or an arthouse trifle. In fact, it’s a work of casual and deceptive depth that re-imagines the 1950s Starkweather/Fugate thrill killings in Nebraska and Wyoming—coldly...
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....
On Monday, I sat inside Moloko, a Bed-Stuy bar, which has surprisingly flown under the press's radar considering that it has a full dinner menu, fantastic food-plus-booze happy hours specials, and serves a double-cheeseburger that is so herb-infused, so savory with its soft bun, crispy lettuce leaf, and plump pickles, that you might not even want to order it; once you’ve eaten one, you’ll want many more, and it can’t be healthy for any...

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