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Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director

A rebellious Hollywood auteur's genius and self-destruction.

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America, America

A famed director's tribute to his family's immigrant odyssey.

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Cronos

Guillermo Del Toro's debut work is a wickedly inventive revision of one of horror's classic scenarios.

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The Complete History of American Film Criticism

A comprehensive, single-volume survey of American film criticism from the silent era to today, with ample excerpts. Read more...

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Rock 'n' Roll High School

The unlikely charm offensive mounted by Roger Corman and the Ramones. Read more...

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Summer Hours

The quiet power of a family drama might resist translation. Read more...

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The Cannibal Film Genre

One of the most notorious episodes of the pioneering era offers a chance to consider the history of a perennial, if shadowy, film subject. Read more...

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Kingdom of the Spiders

Shatner plus spiders equals a B-movie pleasure. Read more...

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Nightwatching

A most painterly of filmmakers takes on the artist who has informed so much of his work. Read more...

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Lola Montès

A circus beauty's tale is the heart of a masterwork that has left an enduring mark on filmmakers around the world. Read more...

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The Exiles

Three young Native Americans leave the reservation and try to make their way in the wilderness of 1950s Los Angeles. Read more...

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.