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Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.

Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath

Stories of shipwreck and drift are Hollywood’s new allegories of national ruin.

Jia Zhangke, Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Jia Zhangke’s Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and other highs (and lows) from the New York Film Festival.

A scene from Gravity

Gravity and the three-dimensional tears of Sandra Bullock.

MOVE members exit their headquarters during a 1978 confrontation with police

Jason Osder’s Let the Fire Burn; Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller; Peter Morgan and Ron Howard’s Rush; anniversary wishes to Stuart Klawans from Rabbi Simcha Feffeferman

Mohsen Makhmalbaf during the Vesoul International Asian Cinema Festival, 2009

An Iranian director’s ongoing meditations on the nature of illusion and reality, truth and consequences.

Steven Soderbergh as Fletcher Munson/Dr. Jeffrey Korchek, in Schizopolis

Hollywood’s wonkiest director hasn’t stopped working. He’s finding new problems to solve—and toying with us again.

Summer’s fall: White House Down

The happy ending to Hollywood’s summer: not guy gets girl but guy gets job.

Patrick Riester in Computer Chess

David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess

Blogs

The 27-year-old director of the film adaptation of Oscar Grant’s shooting talked to me about the obstacles facing young black men in America today.

July 18, 2013

Sofia Coppola’s new movie doesn’t move its audience to question these celebrity-obsessed thieves—and it should.

June 25, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing is great! Does it matter that its appeal depends on being a Whedon nerd?

June 14, 2013

The debate surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is nothing new.

May 18, 2013

 Another unusual fact about MGM's planned 1947 film on Truman and the bomb.

May 5, 2013

In the wake of 9/11 and Boston, is it even possible to imagine a movie that makes civil liberties an integral part of its dramatic arc?

April 23, 2013

Julian Assange himself has criticized the film, but the director says Assange should watch it first.

April 3, 2013

The Chilean Oscar nominee for best foreign language film has just been released in the US.

March 14, 2013

The filmmaker called out the website for its suggestion that the Palestinian director’s detention was a “publicity stunt.“

February 26, 2013

Sixto Rodriguez, subject of the best documentary choice, wrote hard-hitting folk songs, including several that became anthems for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

February 25, 2013