The 50th annual New York Film Festival began last night with the premiere of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, but the fest hardly begins and ends with a tiger in a boat. For more than two weeks, through October 14, the event offers a vast array of narrative and international films, documentaries and remastered classics (Lawrence of Arabia!). With so much celluloid to choose from, critics David Edelstein and Bilge Ebiri got an early start to give their take on sixteen films that will be shown. Let this be your guide before you stare at the daunting schedule, wondering just what to pick.
Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams in Brian De Palma’s Passion.