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.
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.
Reviews of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, A
Prairie Home Companion and The Da Vinci Code.
"The Road to Damascus" explores the strange, the beautiful
and the uncanny in Syrian cinema.
Reviews of four stellar films: Three Times, Art School
Confidential, Lady Vengeance and Army of Shadows.
The plagiarism flap over Opal Mehta is essentially a story
about clichés and stereotypes passing from one subliterary commercial
product to another.
Reviews of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The Notorious Bettie
Page and Sir! No Sir!