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Stuart Klawans

Film Critic

Winner of the National Magazine Award for his film reviews for The Nation, 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. When not on deadline for The Nation, he contributes articles to The New York Times, Parnassus: Poetry in Review and other publications.

  • Film July 31, 2003

    The Age of Innocence

    If you've seen Pleasantville--the story of teenagers who are magically transported from 1990s reality into 1950s television--you know that its writer-director, Gary Ross, has a sly respe

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  • Film July 17, 2003


    It's always good fun to see a boy wax romantic over the first girl to give him a handjob--and if the boy should be a black-hatted Jew, the fun is only improved.

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  • Film July 2, 2003

    The Girls of Summer

    This Independence Day, the symbolic struggle being waged on thousands of screens across the Empire pits Reese Witherspoon against Arnold Schwarzenegger, gooey-sweet girl against impassive (but

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  • Film June 19, 2003

    Candid Camera

    I have often been asked the difference between movie reviews and film criticism; and after much thought, I've decided the answer is about one week.

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  • Film June 5, 2003

    Hell’s Angel

    Romeo Dallaire has the name of a silent-movie star and a face to match: clear eyes, ample mustache, chin of cleft granite.

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  • Film May 22, 2003

    Medium Cool

    In the film from which there is no escape and no going back, The Matrix, the writer-director team of Andy and Larry Wachowski presented a grim choice between truth and illusion.

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  • Film May 15, 2003

    Magnificent Obsessions

    This week, all true movie lovers will rush to see a violent and fantastic special-effects thriller, in which a character endowed with uncanny powers rips through the veil of illusion that is no

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  • Film May 1, 2003

    Kurdish Delight

    International cinema has an irresistible new pair of reprobates: middle-aged brothers who can do no right in their lives and no wrong before the camera.

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  • Film April 17, 2003

  • Film April 3, 2003

    Death in Helsinki

    OK, let's say that life goes on.

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