Captain Phillips: Rough Waters Ahead

by Ethan Alter October 11, 2013 6:05 am
<i>Captain Phillips</i>: Rough Waters Ahead

Though it barely made a ripple when it was released in theaters earlier this year, the Danish-made A Hijacking remains one of 2013's best movies, a white-knuckle depiction of modern-day piracy that plays out largely at the negotiating table rather than on the seized ship. It's no big surprise that the American-made pirate picture Captain Phillips reverses that order, emphasizing the on-board action rather than the behind-the-scenes negotiation. What is a real surprise, though, is that Phillips turns out to be almost every bit as good as A Hijacking despite playing out in a different key. If you see Captain Phillips in theaters -- and I highly advise that you do -- make sure to track down A Hijacking immediately afterwards (provided your nerves can stand it) since the two movies inadvertently complement each other quite well.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

by Ethan Alter January 21, 2014 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tom Hanks regrets his choice of career in a big way in Captain Phillips.

The Top Ten Films of 2013

by Ethan Alter December 20, 2013 4:05 pm
The Top Ten Films of 2013

Never mind the bollocks -- here's the best movie of 2014.

Previewing the 51st New York Film Festival

by Ethan Alter September 26, 2013 4:01 pm
Previewing the 51st New York Film Festival

It's that time of the year again when Manhattan's Lincoln Center area transforms itself into a mini-Toronto and/or Cannes with the start of the annual New York Film Festival, which runs from September 27-October 13. For its 51st year, the NYFF has programmed a wide range of cinematic offerings, from star-driven Oscar contenders (like the Opening Night feature, Captain Phillips) to anniversary retrospectives (like a 20th anniversary screening of Richard Linklater's last-day-of-high-school masterpiece Dazed and Confused) to experimental fare (like the sort-of documentary Manakamana, which consists of a stationary camera positioned inside a cable car in Nepal that records the various passengers comings and goings). Visit the festival's official site for the full rundown, but here are some of the highlights we particularly wanted to draw your attention to:

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