New York Film Festival

From True Crime Docs to Pitch-Black Comedy: The Most Fascinating Movies of This Year’s New York Film Festival


Fifteen days after its pontiff-prompted late kickoff, the 53rd annual New York Film Festival drew to a close yesterday. It was a festival of splashy debuts, quiet discoveries, and unexpected mourning, with a slate that ran the gamut from IMAX 3D spectacle to intimate home movie. Your correspondent didn’t see as much as I’d have like to — you rarely do — but here are a few films to keep an eye on in the weeks and months to come.
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Don Cheadle’s ‘Miles Ahead’ and the Risks of Biopic Trope-Tinkering


It’s a film about Miles Davis—and not about him, as it manufactures situations from whole cloth, jettisons huge swaths of his life, and basically focuses (much like last spring’s Love and Mercy) on two moments in his life, interspersed. This unconventional approach is both the movie’s blessing and its curse; it’s what makes it unique, while simultaneously blunting its effect. …Read More