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Film news and analysis from The Nation
May 12, 2017
New Cinema: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
James Gunn’s Marvel Universe sequel is earnest in a way that’s ill-suited to a movie that pretends to razz the whole superhero business.
May 8, 2017
The Prisoner Firefighters Battling California’s Wildfires
Three clips from a new film exploring the seemingly ordinary landscapes touched by our prison system.
May 5, 2017
Laura Poitras on Julian Assange: ‘Admirable, Brilliant, and Flawed’
The filmmaker’s latest,
, documents the many sides of the WikiLeaks founder.
May 4, 2017
Laura Poitras: The Many Contradictions of Julian Assange
Plus Stephen F. Cohen on the new Cold War, and Eric Foner on Trump and history.
Start Making Sense
April 27, 2017
The Corporatization of the Web Has Thinned Out Our Culture and Undermined American Democracy
In his new book
Move Fast and Break Things
, Jonathan Taplin argues that, among its many downsides, the digital revolution has diminished our very humanity.
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April 26, 2017
The Decade Before the LA Riots
Let It Fall
is a comprehensive history of how Los Angeles tore itself apart from 1982 to 1992, as well as the story of a dozen or more personal tragedies.
April 21, 2017
When Big Names Are Everywhere
are movies lovingly dedicated to the virtues of the small and the anonymous.
April 7, 2017
Who Needs the NEA and NEH?
What is really lost when we cut public funds for the arts and humanities.
April 7, 2017
If NEA Funding Gets Cut, Say Goodbye to These Vital Community Cultural Projects
From prison art therapy to tribal landmarks, art districts to agriculture-area artists, these programs make America richer.
March 28, 2017
Terence Davies’s Counter-Séance
A Quiet Passion
doesn’t pretend to recall the skeptical spirit of Emily Dickinson to the land of the living but rather projects you into her departed world.