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November 17, 2014

DOC NYC Review: The Last Impresario

by Curtis John

Michael White and Jack Nicholson (photo by Jean Pigozzi)

Screening: Nov. 20, 7:30pm

Venue: SVA Theatre (New York, NY)

Section: Centerstage (NYC Premiere)

Who is Michael White? Easy. He’s the most famous person you’ve never heard of.

From Oh! Calcutta! (1972) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) to Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), producer Michael White has helped bring enduring cultural touchstones to Broadway, London’s West End, and the silver screen for over 40 years. Thanks to a chance meeting in Cannes, filmmaker Gracie Otto corrects White’s obscure standing in this buoyant film profile.

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November 12, 2014

DOC NYC Review: Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man Behind the National Enquirer

by Curtis John

Screening: Nov. 15, 7pm

Venue: SVA Theatre (New York, NY)

Section: Special Events (NYC Premiere)

You know the National Enquirer well enough; it’s that gossip tabloid your mother, grandmother, or auntie picked up at the supermarket checkout line. Controversial and shocking in content, the Enquirer’s history parallels its subject matter in the life of the tabloid’s legendary publisher, Generoso “Gene” Pope Jr. Purchasing the paper in 1952—allegedly with mafia financing—Pope demonstrated an uncanny knack for assessing what the public wanted, at first using sex and gore, and later celebrity gossip and the supernatural, to ramp up his circulation to unheard-of numbers.

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November 11, 2014

DOC NYC Review: Do I Sound Gay?

by Curtis John 

Filmmaker David Thorpe and fashion guru Tim Gunn

Screening: Nov. 13, 7pm

Venue: SVA Theatre (New York, NY)

Section: Gala – Opening Night (US Premiere) 

After a breakup with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe confronts his anxiety about “sounding gay,” resulting in a funny and touching journey of self-discovery. With instruction from acting coaches and linguists, and guidance from friends, family, total strangers, and celebrities like comedian Margaret Cho, actor George Takei, sex advice columnist Dan Savage, fashion guru Tim Gunn, and writer David Sedaris, Thorpe quickly learns that many people—both gay and straight—often wish for a different voice. What starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem.

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October 14, 2014

New York Film Festival Review: Birdman

by Curtis John

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman

Series: Main Slate (Closing Night Film)

Whether it is once a year or once every five years, there is a film that shatters your perceptions of what reality is, should be—or both. Oftentimes, this film is science-fiction (The Matrix, 1999), a foreign film (Holy Motors, 2012), or just a complete genre bender (Donnie Darko, 2001).

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is all these and more—and less. Confused? Don’t be. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s newest film defies an easy explanation, but has a plot that is easily accessible and entertaining, thanks to its meta accents that do not fall into pure parody.

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October 3, 2014

New York Film Festival Review: Timbuktu

by Curtis John

Series: Main Slate

In northern Mali lies Timbuktu, known historically as a flourishing city of commercial trading and intellectual advancement. While those glorious days are long gone, the multicultural city still stands with many open and tolerant ethnicities that inhabit it. But a few years ago, it and a huge part of Northern Mali were taken hostage by foreign, gun-toting, religious fundamentalists who, through their jihad, chose to twist Muslim teachings with their own version of Sharia law. This is when Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu takes place. With multiple characters that reflect the variety of people in the city, the focus lies on Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed), a laid-back cattle herder living in the Timbuktu dunes with his wife Satima and their daughter Toya, who is his entire world. Kidane believes that his family’s peaceful existence in the dunes will remain unaffected by the occupiers, as opposed to the lives of the townspeople, who are not allowed to play music, smoke cigarettes, play soccer, or even laugh too loudly. But a fatal encounter with the fisherman who murdered Kidane’s favorite cow changes the family’s destiny, and Kidane must now face the new laws of the fundamentalists.

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September 29, 2014

New York Film Festival Review: The Wonders (Le meraviglie)

by Curtis John

Monica Bellucci in THE WONDERS (photo courtesy of New York Film Festival)

Screenings: Oct. 3, 6pm (Alice Tully Hall); Oct. 4, 3:15pm (Howard Gilman Theater) — Both screenings feature a live Q&A with director Alice Rohrwacher

Series: Main Slate

The rigors that accompany life and work in rural communities, set against those of the modern city, can often be extremely questionable to outsiders. That harshness can be magnified while trying to raise a family—and punctuated by a family of all girls. This is the problem that Wolfgang faces while toiling to provide and preserve a “traditional” way of life for his wife and three daughters. Yet, The Wonders is not his story, but that of his 12-year-old daughter Gelsomina. Her special talent for the family business of beekeeping and making honey, as well as quietly keeping the entire family in line, is both Gelsomina’s job and burden.

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September 25, 2014

New York Film Festival Review: Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage)

by Curtis John

Screenings: Sept. 27, 9pm (includes Q&A with actress Héloïse Godet); Oct. 1, 9pm

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

Series: Main Slate

A married woman. A single man. A meeting between the two that erupts in fits of arguments and lovemaking. These elements, interspersed with an angry former husband and a roaming dog, form the only type of story one can glean from Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage), the new film from auteur Jean-Luc Godard.

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September 22, 2014

2014 Limité Honors :: Idris Elba, Amy Poehler, Mark Ruffalo and More

2014 Limité Honors :: Idris Elba, Amy Poehler, Mark Ruffalo and More

An annual feature, this year’s “Limité Honors” explores the careers and recent projects of 5 innovators and boundary breakers—masters of film and television. Highlights include Idris Elba, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Mark Ruffalo. The selection process involved staff members collectively identifying individuals who deserve recognition based on merit of talent, length and success of career, potential to further grow her or his career, cultural influence, and the potential to inspire a younger generation of innovators. From an expanded list of individuals, a final list of 5 honorees was chosen. Tell us who you think deserves a spot on this list.

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September 15, 2014

2014 Fall Film Guide: Over 50 Movies You Can’t Miss This Season

Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s GONE GIRL, which opens October 3.

 

Fall is nearly upon us, so we’re turning our sights towards some of the season’s hottest releases—from what are sure to be big budget crowd pleasers (the latest in the Hunger Games and Hobbit franchises), art house favorites (Whiplash, Mr. Turner), and sure-fire Oscar bait (Birdman, Foxcatcher). Mark your calendars for these fall flicks.

Note: All non-authored pieces’ summaries are courtesy of IMDb.com. All information below is accurate as of the time of posting.

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August 7, 2014

2014 Young Hollywood

It’s often said that Hollywood is a young person’s game. Although many film and TV veterans are still making waves in the industry, we, at Limité, are taking a look at some of Hollywood’s brightest youth. Our annual “Young Hollywood” feature profiles actors aged 30 and under and filmmakers aged 40 and under. Here’s who we have our eyes on…

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