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  Film Articles

Frank J. Avella’s
Film Column
Frank J. Avella Talks To
Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs, one of the most significant American filmmakers working today, just completed his fifth narrative feature, Love is Strange...(more)

Frank J. Avella Talks To
Filmmaker James Eades

James Eades recently produced the documentary Josie: A Story About Williams Syndrome, for Vision Project, which was showcased at festivals around the country. He was also involved in the web series, The Back of the Busk that profiles New York City street artists...(more)
  Film Reviews
 

Lotfy Nathan's 12 O’Clock Boys
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

 

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Maria Sole Tognazzi's
A Five Star Life (Viaggio sola)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Scott Frank's A Walk Among The Tombstones
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Declan Lowney's Alan Patridge
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  David O. Russell's American Hustle
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Phil Alden Robinson's The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Greg Williams's The Anonymous People
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Matthew Weiner's Are You Here
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Amma Asante's Belle
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

David Posamentier & Geoff Moore’s
Better Living Through Chemistry

Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Geoff Moore and David Posamentier's
Better Living Through Chemistry
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales'
Big Bad Wolves (Mi mefahed mezeev hara)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

Felix Van Groeningen's
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  John Michael McDonagh's Calvary
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  James Franco's Child of God
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Cédric Klapisch's Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's Citizen Koch
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Ryan McGarry's Code Black
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

Jean-Marc Vallée's Dallas Buyers Club
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 

Joe Sorge's Divorce Corp.
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Richard Ayoade's The Double
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

Shana Feste's Endless Love
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Joanna Hogg's Exhibition
Reviewed by Tami Smith
  John Turturro's Fading Gigolo
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Stephanie Soechtig's Fed Up
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Samantha Grant's
A Fragile Trust:
Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times

Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Lenny Abramson's Frank
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Lucía Puenzo's The German Doctor
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Jos Stelling's
The Girl and Death (Het Meisje en de Dood)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

Sebastián Lelio's Gloria
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Wes Anderson’s
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Don McKellar's The Grand Seduction
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

 

Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Shan Khan's Honour
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Lasse Hallströms'
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Mike Cahill's I Origins
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Philippe Garrel's Jealousy (La Jalousie)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 


Robert May's Kids For Cash
Reviewed by Harvey Karten


 
Jason Reitman's Labor Day
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 
Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz's Land Ho!
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 
Jan Troell's
The Last Sentence (Dom över död man)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 
Roger Michell's Le-Weekend
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 
Steve James's Life Itself
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 


Steven Knight's Locke
Reviewed by Harvey Karten


 
Pascal Chaumeil's A Long Way Down
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

Ira Sach’s
Love is Strange
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

 
Luc Besson's Lucy
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Michael Walker's
The Maid's Room
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 
Woody Allen’s
Magic in the Moonlight
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 


Jane Weinstock’s The Moment
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella


 


George Clooney and Grant Heslov's
The Monuments Men
Reviewed by Harvey Karten


  Matthew Watts’ Mutual Friends
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Lars von Trier'a
Nyphomaniac Volume I

Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 
David Frankel's One Chance
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Charlie McDowell's
The One I Love

Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 
Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 
Nick Cassavetes' The Other Woman
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 
Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 
Gia Coppola's Palo Alto
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 
Jake Kasden's Sex Tape
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

William Eubank's The Signal
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 
Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 
Jerome Sables' Stage Fright
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 
Fedor Boncarchuk's Stalingrad
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 
David Mackenzie’s Starred Up
Reviewedby Frank J.Avella
 
Roger Gual's
Tasting Menu (Menú degustació)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Sylvia Caminer's
Tanzania: A Journey Within
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Ari Folman's The Congress
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  János Szász's
The Notebook (Le grand cahier) (A nagy füzet)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  James De Monaco's
The Purge Anarchy
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Ti West's The Sacrament
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 
David Wain's They Came Together
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 
Paul Haggis's Third Person
Reviewed by Tami Smith
  Shawn Levy's
This Is Where I Leave You
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 
Clark Gregg’s Trust Me
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

 
Roman Polanski’s
Venus in Fur (La Venus a la Fourrure)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 
Teller's Tim's Vermeer
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

 
Lukas Moodysson's We Are The Best! (Vi är bäst!)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  David Wnendt's
Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 
Álex de la Iglesia's
Witching & Bitching (Las brujas de Zugarramurdi)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 


Gael García Bernal and Marc Silver's
Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Reviewed by Harvey Karten


 
Fred Schepisi's
Words and Pictures

Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival
  John Butler’s The Bachelor Weekend
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly’s
Beneath the Harvest Sky
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Till Kleinert’s Der Samurai
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Lou Howe’s Gabriel
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital (Il capitale Umano)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Susanna Fogel’s Life Partners
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Adam Rapp’s Loitering with Intent
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Ira Sach’s Love is Strange
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Megan Griffiths’ Lucky Them
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Ester Martin Bergsmark’s Something Must Break
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  David Mackenzie’s Starred Up
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Roman Polanski’s
Venus in Fur (La Venus a la Fourrure)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Newfest 2014-- July 24-29
  Patrik-Ian Polk’s Blackbird
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Mischa Kamp’s Boys (Jongens)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Stefan Haupt’s The Circle (Der Kreis)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Eytan Fox’s Cupcakes
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Karim Ainouz’s
Futuro Beach (Praia do Futuro)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 

Bruce LaBruce’s Gerontophilia
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Jim Tushinski’s
I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Julián Hernández’s
I am Happiness on Earth (Yo soy la felicidad de este mundo)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Carter Smith’s Jamie Marks is Dead
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Stewart Thorndike’s Lyle
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Hong Khaou’s Lilting
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Rodrigo Guerrero’s
The Third One (El Tercero)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Wade Gasque’s Tiger Orange
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Daniel Ribeiro’s
The Way He Looks (Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  41st Annual New Directors New Films March 2014
  Joel Potrykus’s Buzzard
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Richard Ayoade’s The Double
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Gilles Deroo & Marianne Pistone’s Mouton (Sheep)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Abdellah Taia’s
Salvation Army (L’Armee du salut)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza’s Salvo
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Anja Marquardt’s She’s Lost Control
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Ben Rivers & Ben Russell’s
A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
  Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’s To Kill a Man
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 

Tom Shoval’s Youth
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

 
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street
Reviewed by Harvey Karten



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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