Category | Danny Peary on Film

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 [...]

Erin Darke Brightens the Set of Seven Lovers

Posted on 07 August 2014

I recently spent an enjoyable afternoon in Little Italy, in the basement party room of the restaurant Grotta Azzurra. I wasn’t there to dine but to watch the final day of shooting of the indie Seven Lovers, the much-anticipated third feature of writer-director Keith Boynton, and to speak to the leading lady and rising star, Erin Darke.

The Curtain Rises Early on Get on Up in East Hampton

Posted on 31 July 2014

Get on Up opens this week at the UA East Hampton Cinema 6 at a special time, 8 p.m. on Thursday night, an indication that the much-anticipated James Brown biopic is getting special treatment. The advance word is strong and I am expecting Chadwick Boseman to give an electrifying, star-making performance as the very complicated [...]

The Healing Power of Music Is Evident in “Alive Inside”

Posted on 24 July 2014

Michael Rossato-Bennett (L) and Dan Cohen. Alive Inside:A Story of Music & Memory fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  This Friday it opens nationally, as it begins its second week in NYC.  Director Michael Rossato-Bennett literally ran to the post office before its midnight closing in order to submit it in [...]

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Dotting the Eyes in the Thought-Provoking “I Origins”

Posted on 18 July 2014

I Origins fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. The second science-based SF film written and directed by Mike Cahill (the impressive Another Earth, starring Brit Marling) opens in New York City on Friday. It is described in the press notes as being “both a molecular biology thriller and a love story.”

Twelve Years in the Making: The “BoyHood” Press Conference

Posted on 10 July 2014

BoyHood fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  This Friday, innovative writer-director Richard Linklater’s bold 164-minute opus covering twelve years in the life of a boy (Ellar Coltrane as Mason), as well as his sister (the director’s daughter Lorelei as Samantha) and his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette as Olivia and Ethan Hawke [...]

After Once, It’s Time to Begin Again

Posted on 01 July 2014

    By Danny Peary Begin Again fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. John Carney’s extremely engaging follow-up to the 2006 international sensation Once opened last Friday in New York City and this Wednesday begins its national release. I anticipate that it will soon play in the East End because who [...]

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Ashim Ahluwalia Shows Us the Ugly Side in Miss Lovely

Posted on 26 June 2014

Miss Lovely fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Indian director-writer Ashim Ahluwalia’s second feature opened at the Cinema Village in New York City last Friday.  Everyone won’t like it but few will deny that it’s a uniquely made narrative about a subject we know nothing about.  It’s set in Mumbai’s sex-horror [...]

Paul Haggis and Two Actresses on Third Person

Posted on 19 June 2014

Third Person fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis (who won back-to-back Best Screenplay Oscars for Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Crash, which he directed), it opens this Friday in New York City. Because the film has a twist that changes our perspective on [...]