Monday Movie Report: NY Film Festival Ends With Ang Lee Film, De Niro Award

The 54th New York Film Festival closed this weekend, but not before announcing an award for legendary actor Robert De Niro and screening a film from Oscar winning director Ang Lee.

According to Variety, the Film Society of Lincoln Center named De Niro as the winner of the 44th Chaplin Award. De Niro, a two time Academy Award winner, will be honored by the society next spring. Along with giving recognition for his acting career, the award is also crediting his work to launch the Tribeca Film Festival.

Variety reports that De Niro joins Chaplin recipients including Alfred Hitchcock, Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman.

Before De Niro’s award was announced, though, the NYFF held a screening of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” The movie follows a 19-year-old soldier who’s brought home for a tour and called a hero after time in Iraq.

Following the screening, reviews came in from critics with the response being somewhat mixed down the middle. Currently, the picture holds a 46% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film gets a nationwide release on Nov. 11.

Other pictures screened at NYFF, according to Variety, were “The Lost City of Z,” “20th Century Women” and “13th.”

Outside of the festival scene, it was Ben Affleck’s new flick “The Accountant taking the box office No. 1 spot by a wide margin.

The full top five at the box office this weekend was:
1. The Accountant – $24,715,000
2. Kevin Hart: What Now? – $11,984,245
3. The Girl on the Train – $11,974,915
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – $8,900,000
5. Deepwater Horizon – $6,350,000

Next weekend, a total of four movies will be opening at theaters across the country. They include the action sequel “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” the horror prequel “Ouija: Origin of Horror” and a pair of comedies with “Keeping up with the Joneses” and “A Madea Halloween.”

Meanwhile, home video releases are:

  • Independence Day: Resurgence, ATMR Rating: 1 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 31%
  • Alice through the Looking Glass, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 30%
  • Cafe Society, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%