October 20, 2016
New York Film Festival 2016
Our 10 Most Anticipated Films Of New York Film Festival
Ava DuVernay's The 13th: "'Writing history with lightning' was how President Woodrow Wilson praised D.W. Griffth’s groundbreaking but unreservedly racist The Birth of a Nation, which portrayed black men as animalistic rapists and the Ku Klux Klan as noble white knights. Met with a 'rapturous response' upon its 1915 debut, 'the first major blockbuster' has cast a long shadow over American culture. And black American filmmaker Ava DuVernay aims to beat back these hateful shadows by writing history in lightning of her own."
Barry Jenkins' Moonlight: "Moonlight surprised me. Then it rattled me to my core. And finally, it nestled snuggly inside my heart."
Alex Horowitz's Hamilton's America: "Hamilfans will rejoice over the information, interviews, and elegance of Hamilton’s America. But they’ll completely lose their goddamn minds over its performance sections."
James Grey's Lost City of Z: "The film is painted in khaki, greys, and mud, with the emotional intelligence of a dried out carrot."
Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women: "There’s a fragile thread of humor laced through Kelly Reichardt’s latest drama, that so deeply understands what it is to be a woman in America right now, that this female occasionally cackled."