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.
Clint Eastwood’s shoot ’em up is remorseless, racist fantasy.
Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales is a carnival of melancholy, melodrama and the polymorphously perverse.
Joaquin Phoenix and Owen Wilson star in Inherent Vice, a delirious romp through all of man’s perversions.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing as a creature of secrets in The Imitation Game.
Swagger and survival in Foxcatcher and Red Army
Awakening a sense of wonder and flooding a cinema with crucial realities.
The flesh-eating creature of Gone Girl is a rampaging composite of dollar signs.
Nadav Schirman’s The Green Prince is a fact-free documentary about collaboration.
How Scarlett Johansson learned to become aloof from her own seductiveness.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is as modest and patient an act of daredevilry as has ever been achieved on film.