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The Rover

"Mad Max meets 'Of mice and men'
Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson
Directed by David Michôd

In scandal-prone filmdom, not the least is the lackluster career of a great actor, Guy Pearce, though his choice of unclassifiable turns (“Memento,” “Two Brothers,” etc.) may be a factor. Case in point, the strange and strangely moving “The Rover,” where in a desolate post-apocalyptic wasteland, his character, Eric, maybe a former soldier of fortune, farmer or adventurer, and surely a lonely ... more >

Kim Rocco Shields

Don’t call them chick flicks

For some time I’ve been highlighting the great and underrated work of female directors in cinema. Kim Rocco Shields, who I recently got a chance to sit and talk to, is not just a female director: she’s a director, pure and simple, and for my money Rocco is capable of pushing the envelope further than many male directors. Proof of this is her recent short film “Love is All You Need,” which (at ... more >

BIRD PEOPLE

Film was shown at the last Cannes Festival
Anaïs Demoustier and Josh Charles
Directed by Pascale Ferran

How alienated does our work/family/play/social-media environment make us? What if we took the time to measure this alienation, what if we looked, really looked at what’s around us, what if we grew wings and flew high above it all, taking stock, seeing our lives from a distance with an uncritical but lucid eye? Such is the premise of Pascale Ferran’s lovely and thoughtful “Bird People,” shown in ... more >

THE LOVE PUNCH | In case you missed it

A classic comedy caper set on the Riviera
Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson
Directed by Joel Hopkins

There are two types of British indie movies. Some are touched with deep or crazy ideas too creative for mainstream release. Others give middle-aged British stars something to do in between “Harry Potter” movies. Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan are the middle-age British stars of record in Jeff Hopkins’s romantic comedy, “The Love Punch.” They play a divorced English couple driven to both ... more >

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FRENCH CINEMA TAKES OVER NYC’S OUTDOORS

Films on the Green is proposed by the French embassy, the city's Parks and Recreation and FACE foundation
Festival is in its seventh year
French films, from recently to less so

You can flashmob to Pharrell ‘til you’re blue in the face, but, in terms of things we do en masse nothing gets people gathering ‘round in the soothing glow of community like outdoors movie night. Even if it’s a subtitled movie. That seems to be the wager made by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, the city’s Parks Department and FACE foundation in presenting FILMS ON THE ... more >

Coffee

PREVIEW | A coffee in Berlin

(length: 88 minutes)
Opens June 13th

German director Jan Ole Gerster's droll and energetic feature debut "A Coffee in Berlin" narrates a day in the life of Niko, a twentysomething college dropout who's able to live without a care in the world, apparently. Niko (played by a Tom Schilling who bears a strange resemblance to James McAvoy) lives for the moment as he breezes through the streets of Berlin, observing everyone around him ... more >

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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

Out May 30
Mads Mikkelsen and Mélusine Mayance
Directed by Arnaud des Pallières

"Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas" recounts the adventures of a horse trader by the name of Michael Kohlaas (played by Mads Mikkelsen) who leads an army of rebels in a fight against the local nobility. After setting camp in the woods in the vast expanses of France’s Cevennes region, Kohlhaas and his posse of soldiers are visited by various people, friends and enemies, in scenes ... more >