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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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July 14, 2014

2014 Faces to Watch

Committed to its mission to seek and promote tomorrow’s trending topics, we are thrilled to announce its sixth-annual “Faces to Watch” feature. Compiled by Limité’s film team, “Faces to Watch” presents a curated look at this year’s newest and brightest in film – both in front of and behind the camera – as seen through the lens of Limité.

Ryan Coogler

 

Ryan Coogler / filmmaker

by Minnie Li

Ryan Coogler rose to critical acclaim with his directorial debut, Fruitvale Station. Its Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award wins at last year’s Sundance Film Festival were the first of a trail of recognition from festivals the world over, including the Prix de l’avenir at Cannes, which recognizes Coogler as a talent to watch. He, along with his star Michael B. Jordan, was named by Time as one of the 30 people under 30 changing the world. In December, the 28-year-old filmmaker took home best breakthrough director at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Fruitvale Station chronicles the last day of 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s life. A white transit officer shot Grant, who was African-American, in 2002 on the BART platform. A decade later, George Zimmerman shot the unarmed young black man, Trayvon Martin. The film and its timely release suggest that life in post-racial America has changed little. Coogler is an Oakland native and has worked as a counselor at a juvenile hall in San Francisco and as a counselor and security guard in a home for troubled Bay Area youths. Grant’s story hit home.

Coogler’s next project is Creed, a spin-off of the Rocky franchise. Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan have already signed on.

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June 2, 2014

2014 Top 10 Indie Summer Flicks

AP_begin_again_keira_knightley_adam_levine_jtm_140428_16x9_608Keira Knightley and Adam Levine in BEGIN AGAIN

Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but “summer movies” have already begun to make waves at the box office. And while filmgoers succumb to the traditional summer movie fare—including superheroes and sequels, Transformers and talking apes—the indie box office is primed to serve up something different with a bit more depth. This summer, we challenge you to venture beyond the shallow side of the pool and dive into the deep end. Here’s our annual Top 10 list of what you will find there.

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April 25, 2014

Tribeca Film Festival Preview: DIOR AND I

By Curtis John

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Dior artistic director Raf Simons in DIOR AND I

 

Screenings and Venue:

Friday April 25th, 9:00pm

at AMC Loews Village

Series: Worldwide Documentary Competition

“When you have a big stage, you step up.”

This line uttered in the new documentary film Dior and I reflects the underlying narrative of Raf Simons, the newly enshrined artistic director of the storied Christian Dior fashion collection. He has just eight weeks to design and work with his new but very dedicated set of collaborators to produce the company’s 2012 haute couture collection. And Raf must do so not only with his own vision but also with the stylistic echoes of Mr. Dior himself.

But it is not only the shadow of Dior’s legacy that looms over Raf. The most memorable aspects of the film are the manufactured voiceovers from Mr. Dior’s 1956 memoirs, which open distinct acts mirroring Raf’s struggles with Mr. Dior’s own. The feelings that director Frédéric Tcheng creates with these voiceovers, which loom on screen with historical footage of Christian Dior in his workshops creating designs and working with models, and even at private time in his home, are haunting but also peaceful and welcome. There is a manufactured hope, but a believable one too, that Mr. Dior has blessed Raf’s entry into the empire he created, as well as to the documentary.

 

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