The Nation's film critic Stuart Klawans is author of the books Film Follies: The Cinema Out of Order (a finalist for the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Awards) and Left in the Dark: Film Reviews and Essays, 1988-2001. His film criticism and reviews for The Nation won the 2007 National Magazine Award. When not on deadline for The Nation, he contributes articles to the New York Times and other publications.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is as modest and patient an act of daredevilry as has ever been achieved on film.
A new batch of teen films deliver their blows and soften them in a single gesture.
Catholic Innocence meets Jewish Experience after the Holocaust in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida.
Nymphomaniac is Lars von Trier’s latest ode to titillation and traps.
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jiri Menzel’s I Served the King of England, Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture
Robert May’s Kids for Cash, Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria, Razvan Radulescu’s Child’s Pose
Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath
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