Category | Danny Peary on Film

Payman Maadi on the Small but Powerful Camp X-Ray

Posted on 16 October 2014

Camp X-Ray fits my category “Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.” This Friday Peter Sattler’s beautifully acted, troubling, touching, and important debut feature–which makes it clear why America must close Guantanamo–opens theatrically in New York City and on VOD. The synopsis in the press notes: “A young woman (Kristen Stewart, giving her most mature performance, excels as Amy Cole) joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots, but ends up as a rookie guard at Guantanamo Bay. Her mission is far from black and white, as she is surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive male squad mates. When she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees (Iranian actor Payman Maadi, who follows the Oscar-winning A Separation with another extraordinary performance), both of their worlds are forever shifted.

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Gabriel at the HIFF: An Interview with Lou Howe and Rory Culkin

Posted on 09 October 2014

Gabriel fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. For now it’s on the festival circuit and you can see it in East Hampton at the Hamptons International Film Festival, October 9-13. I recommend it. Set on Long Island and in New York City, first time writer-director Lou Howe’s touching coming-of-age film about a mentally-ill young man features a terrific, thoughtful performance by Rory Culkin.

The Two Stars on The Two Faces of January

Posted on 01 October 2014

Two Faces of January fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. And as I wrote here last week, “This clever, atmospheric, splendidly acted, cat-and-mouse thriller is playing in New York city at the Landmark Sunshine Theater on Houston Street and AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street. I also wrote: “Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel was adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Hossein Amini (Jude, Drive, Killshot, Wings of a Dove) and Amini’s directorial debut is impressive. Viggo Mortensen is Chester, a sophisticated and wealthy American, who has brought his young second wife, Colette, played by Kirsten Dunst, to do some sightseeing in Greece. They meet a likable penny-ante conman, Rydal, a smart, young, Greek-speaking American tour guide, played by Oscar Isaac.

Hossein Amini Takes on Highsmith’s “The Two Faces of January”

Posted on 25 September 2014

Two Faces of January fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. This clever, atmospheric, splendidly acted cat-and-mouse thriller is opening in New York Friday at the Landmark Sunshine Theater on Houston Street and AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street.

Dan Stevens Moves From Downton Abbey to Downtown New York

Posted on 18 September 2014

t’s a big week in the makeover of Dan Stevens, who memorably played Matthew Crawley until the kind, moral and handsome aristocrat was, surprisingly, killed off on Downton Abbey in 2012.

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Joan Rivers Really Was a Piece of Work

Posted on 12 September 2014

Joan Rivers’ untimely, shocking death has resulted in a run on her 2012 autobiography I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me.  I hope it also calls attention to the splendid film documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work , which was made in 2010 by the terrific documentary team, Ricki Stern and Annie Sunberg.  Rivers helped [...]

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Emily Browning Helps God Help the Girl

Posted on 04 September 2014

God Help the Girl fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. In fact, the debut feature by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the Scottish cult band Belle & Sebastian, would surely attract young people to the Bay Street Theater for a change.

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Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Diminish the Genius of Marian or Her Daughter

Posted on 01 September 2014

The Genius of Marian fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. For now, I recommend that everyone watches Banker White’s intimate tribute to his mother (and grandmother) next Monday, September 8, when it plays on PBS’s POV documentary series.

John Lithgow on Love Is Strange

Posted on 21 August 2014

Love Is Strange fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Ira Sachs’ moving character piece opens this Friday in New York and L.A., and will expand to Long Island theaters on September 19. Sachs wrote the script with Mauricio Zacharias, his collaborator on his previous, semiautobiographical film, Keep the Lights On.

Is It Unlikely That Chang’s Cécile Is For Real?

Posted on 17 August 2014

I met Wei Ling Chang several years at the Tribeca Film Festival when she was doing a reading of one of her scripts-in-progress. Impressed, I watched her chilling horror short Aunt Tigress and recognized a budding talent. So I am delighted that she has released her first feature, The Unlikely Girl, a splendid, sexy little [...]