Top 5 New Directors

Maybe not *that* new, but new enough.

by Benjamín Harguindey

They have as little as a single movie or as much as Quentin Tarantino, but never mind their current output – they’ve recently garnered critical acclaim and worldwide attention, having taken some very interesting steps in the right direction and not once lost their footing. It’s very easy to recommend bona fide mainstays like Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen or the Coen brothers. How about some fresh blood?

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Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Tom Ford’s enigmatic new movie is a nightmare incarnate.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Nocturnal Animals is a strange, unnerving kind of movie that suggests the oppressiveness of a nightmare without turning to surrealistic imagery or other such dreamlike tropes. Like a nightmare, it railroads its protagonist on a fatalistic journey where everything entails terrible things, and things seem to play out for the worst. It’s exploitative, less for what it shows and more because of how it toys with our emotions.

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Review: Paterson (2016)

Slice of life at its finest and most endearing.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Paterson is very much a return to true form for writer/director Jim Jarmusch, back to his simple, contemplative stories of urban wanderers without the esoteric tenets of Dead Man (1995) or the mumbo-jumbo of The Limits of Control (2009), whatever that one was about. It’s a very sweet, mellow, easy-going movie, and a deceitfully simple one at that.

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Review: War Dogs (2016)

Buddy comedy meets true crime in Todd Phillips flick.

by Katia Kutsenko

War Dogs is not an innovative movie, nor a first of its kind. It is not the first time we see a film aiming to unite both the dramatic, the comic and the emotional vectors. The comic part is perhaps the best, well-covered by Hangover trilogy (2009-2013) director Todd Phillips, whose filmography also includes Old School (2003) and Due Date (2010). The real appeal of the movie, however, lies with the main characters, with the incredibly realistic and excessive Jonah Hill and the authentic “good guy” Miles Teller.

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Review: La La Land (2016)

To Sing and Dance in L.A.

by Benjamín Harguindey (originally reviewed at the Venice Film Festival)

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (2016) opened up the Venice Film Festival earlier this year to much acclaim, delivering a glamorous, old school send-up of the Golden Age Hollywood musical and Star-System romance. And it works beautifully. But the movie deals with a rarer, more mature subject matter than all the music and the dancing might at first suggest.

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Review: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Chasing happiness and finding it in unusual places.

by Antonio Cabello Ruiz-Burruecos 

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies, 2016) is a beautiful, honest, transparent black and white film of the purest cinematographic instinct.

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