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.
Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Göran Hugo Olsson’s Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975, Tate Taylor’s The Help
Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz’s The Interrupters; Raul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon; Jon Favreu’s Cowboys and Aliens; David Yates’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2; Brit Marling’s Another Earth; Miranda July’s The Future
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip, Azazel Jacobs’s Terri, Eve Annenberg’s Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish.
Terrence Malick's Tree of Life; David Balding's One Lucky Elephant; Kristen Wiig's Bridesmaids; Todd Phillips's The Hangover Part II.
Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Joe Wright's Hanna; Andreas Lust's The Robber; Daniel and Diego Vega's Octubre.
Is it a good thing that film—not the audiovisual materials that exist everywhere but movies, projected in public spaces— has stopped being central to American life?
Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy; Matt Porterfield's Putty Hill; Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light; J. Hoberman's new book, An Army of Phantoms
Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, Jorge Michel Grau's We Are What We Are, Ron Howard's The Dilemma
The highlights of 2010 included Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol and the twenty-fifth-anniversary rerelease of Claude Lanzmann's Shoah.