NYFF55 Reviews: “The Florida Project,” “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

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Got a couple more movies to review out of NYFF! Today, I bring you reviews for Noah Baumbach’s new film, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” while I also revisit my favorite movie of the year, Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project.” So let’s begin!

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“The Florida Project,” dir. Sean Baker

The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

“The Florida Project” was my favorite film out of TIFF so I was obviously excited to see it again here in New York. I’m happy to say that on a second viewing, it still remains the movie of the year. It could have been so easy for Sean Baker to rely heavily on the dramatic weight of this mother and daughter living in poverty, but he brilliantly chooses to see things through the innocence of being a playful child, seeing the positivity in anything and everything. In a time when things are more uncertain than ever, it’s amazing to see a film like this shine through and bring out the simple beauties of life. I beg all of you, do not miss this movie.

5/5

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“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” dir. Noah Baumbach

An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

It’s great to see you acting again, Adam Sandler. Please do more movies like this. “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” is extremely funny while also being a great, authentic look at a dysfunctional family. Noah Baumbach does a terrific job delving deep into the regrets and frustrations of each character without ever making them too despicable (yo, “Brad’s Status”). There’s some editing choices in the third act that I find a bit questionable, but it didn’t affect my thorough enjoyment of this film too much.

4.5/5

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Thanks for reading!

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