Miss a new film by the Coens at your own peril. Their latest—an amusingly violent six-part comedy set in a highly stylized Old West—feels a touch like a placeholder after the darker riches of Inside Llewyn Davis and Hail, Caesar! But when Zoe Kazan shows up on the dusty trail as an evolving frontierswoman, the movie deepens into the kind of drama the brothers are capable of. You'll have much fun with this.
Every fall, the New York Film Festival saves us from overdosing on summer inanity. (It was fun while it lasted, Tom Cruise.) This year’s 56th edition—marked by a ferocity that’s in the air—unspools at various venues around Lincoln Center Sept 28–Oct 14. Screenings at the voluptuous Alice Tully Hall are what you’re gunning for. That's where you’re likely to see your fill of directors and actors taking their bows in person (and, hopefully, mixing it up in a Q&A afterward). But any theater will do when the standard of taste is this high. Visit filmlinc.org for the complete lineup and tickets.