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Reviews & Essays

Exploiting History

Watching 12 Years a Slave -- and thinking back to a less celebrated film.

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Five Came Back

How a quintet of legendary American film directors were forever changed by their WWII service.

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The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

Deep focus upon one of film's most revered classics.

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The Big Screen

From the earliest moving images to the latest blockbusters, a history of our shared love affair with the movies.

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Pearls of the Czech New Wave

For a brief period in the 1960s, unprecedented cinematic freedom and innovation flourished in Czechoslovakia.

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Interviews

Kevin Smith: Tough Talk

The Clerks director talks about his new book, his popular podcasts, and his impending retirement from film.

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World on a Wire

Long before The Truman Show, the German director trapped his characters in a virtual world.

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Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark

A new life -- and new collection -- of a film critic whose influence has yet to fade.

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The Complete Jean Vigo

A new collection celebrates the exuberant anarchist of film.

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In Brief

Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director

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

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Soft Skull's Deep Focus

A new series offers highly personal takes on films that -- in various registers -- spoke to a generation.

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In Brief

America, America

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

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Dearden and Fuller: Beyond the Studios

New reissues highlight the visions of indie-film precursors Samuel Fuller and Basil Dearden.

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In Brief

Cronos

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

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In Brief

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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