Christopher Bourne
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: ARCADIA Brings Freshness To The Coming-Of-Age Tale And The Road Movie

The coming-of-age story is a well-worn, indeed over-familiar mode of narrative, especially in films, but director Olivia Silver's feature debut Arcadia overcomes this pitfall by bringing great sensitivity and a nicely-honed sense of poignancy, as well as some fine performances... More »

Review: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE Casts A Mysterious, Unsettling Spell In Tokyo

Like Someone in Love, the gorgeous, deeply mysterious and unsettling new film by Abbas Kiarostami, continues his return to narrative filmmaking, which began with Certified Copy, the Italy-set feature that marked his first outside his native Iran. Kiarostami's latest, which... More »

"A Pryor Engagement" at BAM Is a Welcome Reminder of the Film Work of an Influential Comic Genius

"A Pryor Engagement," an 18-title survey of films featuring Richard Pryor, a comedian whose influence continues to loom over many others who followed in his wake (Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Louis C.K. being only a few examples), screens at... More »

Review: THE PIROGUE, A Tragically Familiar Yet Well-Told Tale of a Perilous Sea Voyage

A recurring visual motif in Moussa Touré's affecting and often harrowing sea drama The Pirogue consists of a simple yet quietly commanding camera move: the scanning of faces. These are the faces of 30 men, and one woman stowaway, who... More »

Christopher Bourne's Top Films of 2012 - Breaking News: Cinema Is Not Dead

Every so often, when writers and editors apparently have no better ideas at that moment, they will write alarmist think pieces bemoaning the "death of cinema." Most of the arguments usually boil down to three factors: big-budget blockbusters sucking up... More »

Review: MAMA, A Stylishly Directed But Disappointingly Predictable Horror Film

"Once upon a time," reads the title card that kicks off Mama, a supernatural horror film by first time feature director Andy Muschietti, which is being sold under the imprimatur of a much more famous name, Guillermo del Toro, who... More »

Guillermo del Toro and Jessica Chastain on the Making of MAMA

Mama, opening in the U.S. on January 18, is a supernatural horror film that deals with two little girls rescued from the woods following their parents' death. The sisters are placed in the care of their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)... More »

Global Lens 2013 Review: BEIJING FLICKERS, A Subtly Observed, Incisive Portrait of China's Struggling Youth

San Bao (Duan Bowen), the disaffected, down-and-out protagonist of Zhang Yuan's latest and beautifully observed film Beijing Flickers, in an early scene, is desperately chasing after his dog Lucky, "meaning Happiness," who has suddenly run away. It soon becomes clear... More »

Review: QUARTET, Dustin Hoffman's Affectionate Tribute To Great Artists Of The Stage, Screen, And Concert Hall

Dustin Hoffman, as an actor, has essayed some of the most iconic and edgy roles to hit the big screen: counterculture hero Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate, Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy, the nebbish turned avenger in Straw Dogs, Lenny... More »

Review: PROMISED LAND, A Well-Intentioned But Dramatically Inert Environmental-Issue Drama

Promised Land, the latest film from director Gus Van Sant, written by two of its actors, John Krasinski and Matt Damon, is nothing if not extremely topical. At its heart is the hot-button environmental issue of hydraulic fracturing, better known as... More »

"Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema" Brings Some of the Best of Contemporary and Classic Romanian Films to NYC

"Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema," screening from November 29 through December 5, continues the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual survey of contemporary Romanian cinema. Films from this country have retained interest among followers of world cinema since the 1990's Romanian... More »


DOC NYC, a New York documentary festival, is currently screening its third edition at the IFC Center and the SVA Theater. The festival, which this year has an especially impressive program, runs through November 15. Below are reviews of three... More »

Opening: FLIGHT is Well-Acted But Shameless Awards Bait

Denzel Washington is currently on a full-bore publicity blitz for Robert Zemeckis' Flight, in which he stars as an airline pilot who makes a miraculous landing, thus saving the lives of all on board -- only for it to be... More »

Opening: NOBODY WALKS Exposes Emotional Fault Lines With Flawless Balance

"One of the year's best American films," in the words of our own Christopher Bourne. opens tomorrow in limited release. Mr. Bourne saw Nobody Walks in connection with the BAMcinemaFest in New York earlier this year and wrote the following:... More »

NYFF 2012 Review: FLIGHT, Well-Acted But Shamelessly Manipulative Awards Bait

The 50th edition of the New York Film Festival ended much as it began, with the launch of potent awards season bait, namely, the world premiere of Flight, the latest film by Robert Zemeckis. Flight is Zemeckis's first live-action feature... More »

NYFF 2012 Review: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, Abbas Kiarostami's Mysterious, Mesmerizing Tokyo Nocturne

Like Someone in Love, the gorgeous, deeply mysterious and unsettling new film by Abbas Kiarostami, continues his return to narrative filmmaking, which began with Certified Copy, the Italy-set feature that marked his first outside his native Iran. Kiarostami's latest, which can... More »

NYFF 2012 Review: MEMORIES LOOK AT ME Is a Lovely, Elegaic Observation of Family Life

In a late scene in Memories Look at Me, Song Fang's lovely, elegiac debut feature, Fang (played by Song herself), a young woman from Beijing visiting her parents at her childhood home in Nanjing, wistfully expresses to her mother her... More »

NYFF 2012 Review: THE PAPERBOY Delivers A Lurid, Loopy Southern Gothic Thriller

This year's New York Film Festival is, as always, full of films by new and established auteurs, well-crafted, earnest and artistic endeavors, the kind that audiences and critics pack screenings for, leavened with the occasional nod toward more populist fare.... More »

NYFF 2012 Review: LIFE OF PI Is Intriguing But Inconsistent

The much anticipated Life of Pi, the new film from Ang Lee, based on Yann Martel's 2001 Man Booker Prize-winning bestseller, opened the 50th New York Film Festival this past Friday. Long considered impossible to film - even though, as... More »

"Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today" Review: Kim Kyung-mook's STATELESS THINGS

Kim Kyung-mook's astonishing, cleverly constructed, formally and thematically audacious Stateless Things is a major highlight of this year's edition of "Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today," screening at the Museum of Modern Art through September 30. This is a penetrating, provocative look... More »
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