David D'Arcy

Visual Arts Review: Si Lewen’s “Parade” Resurrected — Just in Time for a New War

April 23, 2024
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“Parade”‘s power does not lie in its mystery or its revelations of combat. The work, as artist Si Lewen lays it out, surveys the absurd pomp and horror of war.

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Film Review: “Farewell, Mr. Haffmann” — Selling the Family Jewels

April 6, 2024
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This is a tense morality play, with twists odd enough (and a palette dark enough) to sustain a noir-inflected thriller of almost two hours.

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Film Review: “No Other Land” — In The West Bank, Seizing Land and Smashing Cameras

March 29, 2024
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Watch “Five Broken Cameras” as “No Other Land” finds its way to festivals beyond Berlin. By then, the forced displacement of people in the West Bank will look gentle compared to the relentless siege of Gaza.

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At the Berlin International Film Festival: Alonso Ruizpalacios’s “La Cocina” and Nicolas Philibert’s “At Averroès & Rosa Parks”

February 28, 2024
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A Mexican director sets a British play in a Times Square restaurant and patients talk to their psychiatrists in Paris.

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Book Review: Filmmakers and Their Opinions — as Told to Critic Gerald Peary  

February 13, 2024
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New cinematic mavericks have come along. All the more reason that the views of earlier rebels be collected and preserved, given the short historical memories of young filmmakers and their audiences.

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Film Reviews: Outstanding Sundance Docs – The Congo, Natural Beauty in Ukraine, and a New White House Siege  

February 4, 2024
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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, in the midst of the usual well-meaning social documentaries and “independent” celebrity tributes, some real cinematic ambition crept in.

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Film Reviews: Music at Sundance 2024 – Rap in Irish, Devo’s Satire, Brian Eno’s Reflections

January 26, 2024
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Among the memorable films at Sundance 2024, a trio of music films led the way.

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Film Review: Steve McQueen’s “Occupied City” – It Wasn’t Just Anne Frank

December 23, 2023
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The disconnect between the Amsterdam of the past that is revisited and the scenes of life in the city today dramatize the fragility of memory and its erosion.

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Film Festival Review: DOC NYC – Families and Insects

November 25, 2023
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Three first-rate documentaries at DOC NYC that examine the crimes of the past and the fragility of the present.

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New York Film Festival: “Pictures of Ghosts” — Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Phantom Cinema

October 25, 2023
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This thoughtful documentary watches cinemas vanish from a Brazilian city.

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