Christopher Bourne
Featured Critic; New York City, New York

Chris is a film critic, editor, blogger, incurable cinephile, and all-around culture maven. He blogs on film at The Bourne Cinema Conspiracy.

Review: THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE, Shakespeare, Beguiling And Charming

The Princess of France is Argentine director Matías Piñeiro's third entry in his series of Shakespeare-inspired films, which he calls his "Shakespearead." The first two of these were his 43-minute short Rosalinda (2011), inspired by "As You Like It," and... More »
  

BAMcinemaFest 2015 Showcases Some Of The Finest American Independent Cinema

The seventh edition of BAMcinemaFest, which screens through June 28, once again brings some of the best works of American independent cinema to Brooklyn, culled from Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Cannes, and other fests. This year's edition opened with The End of... More »
  

Panorama Europe 2015 Offers Some Of The Best Recent European Films

Panorama Europe 2015, the seventh edition of the festival (formerly known as Disappearing Act) which brings some to the best recent examples of contemporary European filmmaking to New York, screens from May 29 through June 14 at the Museum of... More »
  

Tribeca 2015 Review: MAGGIE, An Elegant Zombie Melodrama

Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of the Tribeca Film Festival, in his introduction to the world premiere of Maggie, the first feature by Henry Hobson - starring some guy you may have heard of named Arnold Schwarzenegger - called the... More »
  

Tribeca 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 10 Must-See Films

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 26, kicked off with its opening night presentation at the Beacon Theater of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen's documentary on Saturday Night Live, that venerable 40-year old comedy institution. The... More »
  

Review: THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT Reveals The Secret Lives Of Teenage Girls

By now, anyone who regularly reads about the movie business is well aware of the dismal statistics concerning the representation of women - or more pertinently, the lack thereof - as directors, writers, and just about every other creative capacity... More »
  

New Directors/New Films 2015: 10 Notable Selections From An Impressive Slate

As this year's edition of New Directors/New Films, co-programmed by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, winds up (it closes tomorrow), the festival once again confirms its stellar reputation for introducing New Yorkers to... More »
  

NYC Happenings: First Time Fest 2015 Showcases And Supports New Talent In Its Third Edition

First Time Fest, which runs this year through March 9, is now in its third edition, and the festival continues its mission to support and spotlight first-time filmmakers with a competition (grand prize is distribution by Cinema Libre Studio), panels,... More »
  

Review: WILD CANARIES, An Effervescent Comic Murder Mystery, Both Retro And Modern

One of the most interesting forms of music sampling is what's known as the "mash-up." In some of the best and most creative examples of this practice - e.g. Danger Mouse's Grey Album (Jay Z's Black Album/Beatles' White Album) or... More »
  

NYC Happenings: Oshima's IT'S ME HERE, BELLETT and Eight Experimental Shorts by Tezuka, Rarities at Japan Society

For the past few months, New Yorkers have been treated to some great programs of rarely-screened films by major Japanese filmmakers at Japan Society. In the monthly film series "The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema,"... More »
  

Documentary Fortnight 2015: MoMA's Annual Showcase Provocatively Intersects Contemporary Art and Nonfiction Film

"Documentary Fortnight: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media," which screens at the Museum of Modern Art through February 27, once again brings an impressive array of new films, retrospectives, and installations to New York audiences. Two masters of... More »
  

NYC Happenings: "Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents In New York, 1968-1986" Uncovers An Overlooked Yet Richly Creative Period

Of the many cultural events occasioned by Black History Month, without a doubt one of the most rewarding, and indeed revelatory, is "Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986," the Film Society of Lincoln Center's series.... More »
  

Review: 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films, An Eclectic, Globe-Trotting Selection

As much talk as there's been about the lack of diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees, there is at least one section where diversity, and an illuminating look at world cultures, can be found. That place is the in... More »
  

Review: In SONG ONE, The Tune May Be Familiar, But The Performance Is Lovely

One of the great pleasures of experiencing music, especially genres such as pop, or - more pertinently for this review - indie folk, lies in the familiarity of its forms. Like comfort food for the ears, they follow well-established stylistic... More »
  

Review: APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR Marks The Emergence Of A Major Comedic Talent

Imagine, if you will, that Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, and Louis CK got together to create a love child who had Lena Dunham as a nanny, and who grew up to become a bisexual Iranian-American woman. Such a person, if... More »
  

NYC Happenings: First Look 2015 Offers A Thrillingly Eclectic Lineup

January at first glance may not seem to have that much to offer as far as moviegoing goes, other than mostly unpromising studio comedies and thrillers, and awards-season hopefuls if you're seeking better quality. Thankfully, there are alternatives available, especially... More »
  

Review: WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM, Witty And Structurally Elegant

Corneliu Porumboiu, with just three features now under his belt, has established himself as one of the finest filmmakers of the Romanian new wave. His previous films 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) and Police, Adjective (2009) impressed film festival audiences... More »
  

J Hurtado's Top 10 Movie Memories Of 2014

Here we go again!My standard admonition about my own lists is that these are, in no way AT ALL, the best movies of the year. They are the ones that gave me the biggest thrills, made me think, made me... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

NYC Happenings: The New York Korean Film Festival 2014 Makes a Welcome Return

The great folks at Subway Cinema, besides bringing us the New York Asian Film Festival each summer, do a great job showcasing the best of classic and contemporary Asian cinemas throughout the year, from special screenings of new films... More »
  
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