New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center kicks off the fiftieth (that’s right, 5-0) New York Film Festival tomorrow, with (as expected) a terrific selection of domestic indies, foreign films, documentaries, and big fall movies on tap. Many of our most anticipated pictures (like David Chase’s Not Fade Away, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, Leox Carax’s Holy Motors, Olivier Assayas’ Something in the Air, and the opening night selection, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi) have not yet screened for critics, but many have, so hit the jump to see some of our favorites of the NYFF.
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As the somewhat irreverent casting of Bill Murray as FDR would indicate, Roger Michell’s new film is not some staid, dull period drama. It’s a funny, lively picture, chronicle of Roosevelt’s affair with a fifth cousin (Laura Linney), mostly told through a visit from the King and Queen of England to the president’s country home. It’s a remarkably human film, not just in Murray’s warm and gentle performance, but also in its overall attentiveness and sensitivity to the flaws and insecurities of those in power.