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Film news and analysis from The Nation
Today 7:00 am
Frederick Wiseman’s World of Institutions
In his 42nd film, the documentarian examines the New York Public Library from both his Olympian and activist perspectives.
Yesterday 12:02 pm
Speaking of the ‘Female Gaze’
In today’s confused, commercial, and not-quite-intellectual environment, the phrase “female gaze” functions in varied ways, according to its users’ needs.
August 18, 2017
A Pitiless Heist Movie
The one thing you can’t do is look away from Benny and Josh Safdie’s acidly titled
August 4, 2017
More Than Motown
Kathryn Bigelow’s instinct for the visceral overflows her chosen subject, making a mess of the themes in her new film
August 3, 2017
The Missed Opportunities of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’
Al Gore’s latest film draws climate change back into the political limelight, but fails to draw connections between environmental and economic justice.
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July 21, 2017
A Summer of Special Effects
On one end of the scale, there’s the stroke of cinematic inspiration in
A Ghost Story
; on the other are CGI inventions like the astonishing
July 12, 2017
Meet the Syrian Activists Fighting ISIS—With Cameras
In Matthew Heineman’s
City of Ghosts
, freedom of the press is a matter of life or death.
July 1, 2017
The Manufactured Images of ‘The Reagan Show’
The new documentary film is both a valiant exposé and a victim of the president’s publicity machine.
June 9, 2017
If you’re looking for a heroine at the movies this summer, you should look beyond the latest superhero story.
June 1, 2017
Letters From the June 19-26, 2017, Issue
McCarthyism: past or present?… Implausible deniability… Lessons from Carrier… An admiring bog… Electing the future (