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.
Reviews from the New York Film Festival, including Marie
Antoinette, Climate, 49 Up and more.
Martin Scorsese is one of those great artists who not only expresses
emotion through film but also invents it. With The Departed,
he proves why he's one of the best.
Reviews of Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia and Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy.
Reviews of Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles,
Hollywoodland and This Film Is Not Yet Rated.
World Trade Center's hero is a tough ex-Marine who later
re-enlists to fight in Iraq. But his (and Oliver Stone's) redemption
narrative is soured by bad faith.
Reviews of Little Miss Sunshine, Quinceañera,
My Country, My Country, The Pusher Trilogy and The
In Lunacy, order and liberty wriggle with equal parts Poe and Sade. In Scoop, recycled sleuthing gags masquerade as timely satire.
Reviews of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,
Edmond, The Motel, Gabrielle, Time to Leave
and The Blood of My Brother.
A hallucinatory mix of animation and live action creates the Orwellian world of A Scanner Darkly; substance triumphs over style in Excellent Cadavers, a Mafia-busting documentary.
Reviews of The Road to Guantanamo and
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul.