An Extraordinary Documentary About the Art of Sun Ra
“Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise” embodies Sun Ra’s art of self-transformation and of musical innovation, of spiritual aspiration and of separateness, of self-display and self-exile.
April 6, 2020
What to Stream: Forty of the Best Movies on Netflix Right Now
A surprising number of the movies that I’ve most esteemed in recent years—and even a handful of venerable classics—are available to stream.
April 4, 2020
What to Stream: The 1978 Film That Inspired Robert Redford to Found Sundance
Eagle Pennell’s “The Whole Shootin’ Match” wrought an enduring change in the American cinematic landscape.
April 1, 2020
Rotten Tomatoes Unearths Noteworthy Film Critics of the Past
The site’s review curators have delved deep into the history of film criticism and added a significant range of critics who haven’t, until now, got their due.
March 31, 2020
What to Stream: A Documentary About a Failed Stephen Sondheim Production
“Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” is a moving combination of a backstage musical documentary and a first-person story of youthful dreams.
March 27, 2020
What to Stream: Blake Edwards’s Masterwork Documentary of His Wife, Julie Andrews
“Julie,” from 1972, is both intimate and glamorous, personal and radiantly cinematic.
March 26, 2020
The Haunted Jazz of Hank Mobley
The tenor saxophonist and composer had grand musical designs and concepts in mind—and he even realized some of them, though many weren’t released at the time of their recording.
March 25, 2020
Coronavirus Diary: Antisocial Distancing
The sense of suspicion that the threat of contagion arouses is a cruel paradox of a crisis that calls for solidarity—especially in New York.
March 23, 2020
Watch the Films of Éric Rohmer on His Centenary
Many of the French director’s best works, combining his signature mix of romantic confusion and intellectual pith, are now available for streaming.
March 20, 2020
What to Stream: Classics for Comfort
I’m turning to movies serious enough for the mood, compelling enough to provide ready distraction, and confident enough to look beyond the troubles that they evoke.
March 18, 2020