To celebrate the start of the 52nd New York Film Festival (NYFF) which runs from September 26 – October 12, we thought we’d bring you the Top Ten films to look out for…
A one-time action hero tries to put on a play while contending with a scene-hogging narcissist, a vulnerable actress, an unhinged girlfriend, a resentful daughter, a manager who’s about to come undone… and his alter-ego Birdman. Stars: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts.
An eager jazz drummer at the prestigious New York music academy is under the command of a teacher whose method of terrorizing his students is beyond questionable, even when it gets results. Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons.
The Soviet Union’s Red Army team was the most successful dynasty in sports history. Players, trained from a young age, were stronger and more skillful than any others in the world and were meant to show up the West at every opportunity. The Cold War on ice. Documentary.
Maps to the Stars:
David Cronenberg takes Bruce Wagner’s script—a pitch-black Hollywood satire—chills it down, and gives it a near-tragic spin. The terrible loneliness of narcissism afflicts every character from the fading star Havana to the available-for-anything chauffeur, to the entire Weiss family. Stars: John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.
Two Days, One Night:
The employees in a small factory have been given a choice. They will each receive a bonus if they agree to one of them being laid off; if not, then no one gets the bonus. The chosen employee spends a weekend knocking on the doors of her co-workers and asking a simple but impossible question: will you give up the money to let me continue to earn my own living? Stars: Marion Cotillard.
Focusing on a dark, hedonistic, wildly creative decade (from 1967 to ’77) in Yves Saint Laurent’s life and career, considering the couturier as a myth, a brand, an avatar of his era. Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux and Helmut Berger.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s wild and entrancing new movie is a time machine, placing the viewer deep within the world of the paranoid, hazy L.A. dope culture of the early ’70s. Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reece Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro and Owen Wilson.
Clouds of Sils Maria:
Maria Enders is a middle-aged actress who soared to stardom in her twenties in a play called Maloja Snake, in which she created the role of a ruthless young woman named Sigrid who engages in a power game with her older boss. Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.
A portrait of artist J.M.W. Turner after the death of his beloved father. Turner creates his own form of claustrophobic domestic comfort with a cheerful widow and his undemonstrative and ever-compliant maid Hannah. Stars: Timothy Spall, Marion Bailey, Dorothy Atkinson, and Dick Pope.
We are with Pasolini during the last hours of his life, as he talks with his beloved family and friends, writes, gives a brutally honest interview, shares a meal with Ninetto Davoli and cruises for the roughest rough trade in his gun-metal gray Alfa Romeo. Stars: Willem Dafoe.