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Patti Cake$ should not feel fresh. Though it stars talented up-and-comer Danielle MacDonald, is a first-time feature from writer-director Geremy Jasper, and focuses on a title character with a bigger build not typically seen in mainstream crowd-pleasers, it pretty much is just that—a mainstream crowd-pleaser, albeit with some gritty New Jersey mise-en-scene. A lot of the movie’s story comes from the already-worn playbook of 8 Mile: Like that movie’s fictionalized version of Eminem, Patti is...
After this year’s Sundance Film Festival finished in January, several news outlets noted how Brooklyn-centric it had felt. “This is the year Sundance went full Brooklyn,” Kyle Smith wrote in a New York Post article headlined “Sundance Flicks Boast a Brooklyn Flair.” Two days later, Variety published an article called “Sundance: Festival Suffers from Too Much Brooklyn” in which Ramin Setoodeh complained that “Park City suffered from looking like Park Slope.” We guess we...
NO. 3 Kentucker Audley Breakout Actor-Director, Tireless Supporter of Indie Film The New York film industry—one of the last cultural industries still centralized in Manhattan—is shifting across the East River. Actor and director Kentucker Audley’s move from Memphis to Ditmas Park just short of a year ago to “pursue acting in a more deliberate way” marks a vital addition to the borough’s still-emerging scene. As an increasingly prevalent player in small-budget American film, affirmed by his costarring...

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