Friday, July 01, 2011

Midyear Film Reckoning 2011, In Images

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—I admit, I've been somewhat derelict of my duties as far as keeping up with the new theatrical releases is concerned. The New York repertory-cinema scene is just so abundant in interesting programming that that's often taken priority over always being up to date on the new stuff. (Now, If I had a regular paid film-writing gig, the situation might be different...)

Thanks to some of the various film festivals, both here in and outside of New York, I've attended over the past year, however, I was able to get a bit of a head start on this year's new movies—so, combined with the first-run films I actually managed to see so far in 2011, I was able to come up with 10 that I liked most up to this midyear point. The fact that I have a lot of blind spot probably goes without saying.

Oh, and I include some of my favorite repertory film discoveries so far this year, as well as a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff at the end. Enjoy!

New Releases (feature length, weeklong run or longer)

Repertory Discoveries (feature length, seen in theaters)

The Big Heat (1953)

Deep End (1970)

Miscellany (films of less than feature length; or feature-length films seen on DVD or TV, screened for less than a week theatrically, or seen at festivals and currently without theatrical distribution)

Disorder (2009)

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