New York Film Festival Starts Today


Well, with Venice, Telluride, and Toronto now over, it's on to New York, with the fall season Oscar movies continuing to roll out. NYFF will run through October 13th, and the contenders in contention at this one include Nebraska, All is Lost, Inside Llewyn Davis, Captain Phillips, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Her. Obviously the big premieres at this fest will be Captain Phillips (screening today), which has already been seen by a few critics, Ben Stiller's Walter Mitty and Spike Jonze's Her. There will also be a secret surprise screening to be revealed soon, and with Foxcatcher and The Wolf of Wall Street both now delayed until 2014, my guess is that Saving Mr. Banks will make its debut here as well. Oscar season's in full swing even though none of these films have been seen by the public yet- but that will change starting next Friday, when Gravity opens. From that point on it'll be one Oscar movie after another opening  every week for the next two months. The frontrunners for the time being remain Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, with smaller movies like Nebraska and Inside Llewyn Davis hovering around the edges, and Philomena waiting in the wings for its release in December. I'll have reports on the reaction to the bigger contenders throughout the festival, starting with Captain Phillips later today.