Category | Danny Peary on Film

Tom Gilroy (and Lili Taylor, too) on “The Cold Lands”

Posted on 13 March 2014

By Danny Peary/Photo of Tom Gilroy by Danny Peary; Photo of Lili Taylor by Brad Balfour The Cold Lands fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  Tom Gilroy’s (pictured, left) second feature, which he wrote and directed, opens Friday in New York at the IFC Center, and there is nothing else like it [...]

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Cate Blanchett on Her Oscar-winning Role

Posted on 05 March 2014

Cate Blanchett’s selection as Best Actress was probably the least surprising moment at Sunday evening’s Academy Awards, a show full of predictability.

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Ralph Kiner and Elizabeth Taylor

Posted on 28 February 2014

By Danny Peary Like many of you, I was deeply sadden by the death this month of baseball’s legendary Ralph Kiner (pictured, left with Danny Peary; photo by Carol Summers), a Hall of Fame player with the Pittsburgh Pirates (and Cubs and Indians) and broadcaster for the New York Mets from their inception in 1962 [...]

“Winter’s Tale” Heats Up the Winter

Posted on 20 February 2014

I’m disappointed that “Winter’s Tale,” writer-director Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Mark Helprin’s epic romantic fantasy has been getting mediocre reviews, especially ones that say the film has no heart. It’s not for everyone but I recommend that you catch it before it vacates the UA East Hampton 6 Cinema because Goldsman’s “love letter to his late wife” is as heartfelt a movie as there has been in some time.

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Emma Roberts Enters the “Adult World”

Posted on 12 February 2014

Perhaps it was because so few comedies were screened at last April’s Tribeca Film Festival that I was so charmed by writer-director Scott Coffey’s Adult World, a sweet-spirited little oddity featuring an engaging all-out lead performance by Emma Roberts.

Zoe and Jenée on “The Pretty One”

Posted on 06 February 2014

The Pretty One opens theatrically this Friday, and it’s always worth noting when a new Zoe Kazan film is released. I’d say no actress gives more feeling when playing underdogs than the immensely talented Indie star, which is why we always fall in love with her characters.

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Russell Brown on His New Film with Cybill Shepherd

Posted on 31 January 2014

I am pleased that Russell’s Brown’s new indie, Annie and the Gypsy, is now available on DVD, iTunes, and VOD on most satellite and cable systems across the country. The talented writer-director makes character-and-dialogue driven films that are witty and perceptive but are so quirky and personal—one might say “noncommercial”–that he has probably sabotaged his own best efforts to find a mass audience, so I hope his third feature gets him some deserved exposure.

Flip, Flop and Fly to “Run & Jump”

Posted on 23 January 2014

by Danny Peary Run & Jump fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  I was rooting for this splendid German-Irish co-production to be voted Best Narrative Feature at 2013’s Tribeca Film Festival.  It took a while but I’m delighted that this Friday it will be released theatrically, as well as debut on [...]

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Beware of Big Bad Wolves

Posted on 15 January 2014

Beware that this Friday, Big Bad Wolves opens in New York theaters and also can be seen on VOD and iTunes. I saw Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s first film, Rabies, on a whim at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and afterward I tried to coax everyone into seeing it. I’m not sure if they wrongly believed it was about rabid dogs–rather than vociferous and dangerous human hunters and prey–and weren’t intrigued that it was being hailed as “the first Israeli horror film,” but no one seemed interested. So I was a bit surprised that the writer-directors’ second film, Big Bad Wolves, was one of the most anticipated films at the 2013 TFF.

Long Island’s Nemiroff Does Double Duty as a Film Critic and Filmmaker

Posted on 08 January 2014

Film critics and filmmakers usually stay away from each other as much as possible, but that’s not the case with Long Island’s own Perri Nemiroff.