New York Film Festival Offers Quiet Treasures and a Little Jazz (via NY Times)

It’s never too early to start talking about the Oscars, which means that it’s always a good time to talk about something else. The New York Film Festival in its current incarnation offers incitements to both kinds of discourse. In recent years, this venerable institution of Manhattan cinephilia — or film snobbery, if you prefer — has devoted a good portion of its program to world and American premieres of prestigious Hollywood product. This year is no different. Since “The Walk” stepped out on opening night almost two weeks ago, audiences lucky or prescient enough to score tickets could take an early peek at “Steve Jobs,” a movie with an imposing Academy Award pedigree, and at Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”

Anyone who wants to get a jump on possible Oscar nominees for 2017 — as I said, it’s never too soon! — should check out “Miles Ahead,” the closing-night film, directed by Don Cheadle, who also stars as the jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. Blending musical biopic standards (ill-starred marriage, drug addiction, record-company shenanigans) with caper-movie riffs (pistol-whippings, car chases, sketchy deals with shady characters), “Miles Ahead” at its best is as witty and knowing as Mr. Cheadle’s sly, whispery performance. The music is pretty good, too.

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