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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...

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.