Wednesday, June 19, 2024

New York Film Festival Pulls Out the Big Guns: “Dune,” Joaquin Phoenix, Maggie Gyllenhaal, “French Dispatch”


The New York Film Festival has pulled out the big guns for its Spotlight films. I’m most excited about Mike Mills’s “C’mon, C’mon,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Gaby Hoffman. Mills’s “20th Century Women” is one of my favorite films, as are “Thumbsucker” and “Beginners.” I can’t wait!

The festival has also added the new “Dune,” directed by Denis Villeneuve, plus Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” both of which I feel like I’ve already seen at this point!

Also: Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directing debut, “The Lost Daughter,” starring Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Paul Mescal, Alba Rohrwacher, and (of course) Peter Sarsgaard.

Plus: Sean Baker’s “Red Rocket,” Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir,” Marco Bellocchio’s “Marx Can Wait,” and several more.

Solid list. Let’s hope most of it can happen in person!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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