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To suffer humiliation can be tragic. To bear humiliation for much longer than necessary, yet with loud impatience, is the comic gift of Albert Brooks.

Summer Celluloid Meltdown

For contemporary reactions from Nation critics to the films of Stanley Kubrick, follow these links: Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980), all reviewed by Robert Hatch, and Full Metal Jacket (1987), reviewed by Terrence Rafferty.

In Summer of Sam, Spike Lee has made a small, shapely drama about two young Italian-American couples in the Bronx.

Legend has it that Potemkin, burdened by duties and melancholy, once neglected to order the packing up of one of his stage-set villages.

The title character in Run Lola Run lives underneath a fibrous growth that in shape resembles a neglected patch of lawn and in color brings to mind a fire engine--or maybe a fire engine cr

In the movie that has been assigned to us to write about, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Mike Myers from Saturday Night Live plays a secret agent named Austin Powers.

In Variety, where industry rumors congeal into analysis and analysis hardens to consensus, the news is bad for filmmakers like Alexander Payne.

Before I ask you to see Eternity and a Day, I'd better explain something about its director and co-screenwriter, Theo Angelopoulos.

Not only now but every week, I am reminded at two-minute intervals of the influence of Star Wars.

Blogs

The best TV shows, albums and concerts: it's all inside today's Altercation.

March 12, 2015

A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.

February 23, 2015

For people who truly care about this issue, there's more to do than glory in Ms. Arquette's acceptance speech.

February 23, 2015

The new documentary following Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts provides important context to necessary change for global reproductive rights.

January 12, 2015

Pushing this country forward takes more than a sympathetic president.

January 8, 2015

It took MLK’s activism and LBJ’s leadership to pass the Voting Rights Act.

January 8, 2015

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe on his documentary.  

October 14, 2014

Many journalists went after Webb, destroying his reputation and driving him out of the profession and into a suicidal depression. Now they’re at it again.

October 10, 2014

Contemporaneous accounts of the Roosevelts ranging over seventy years.

October 2, 2014