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Film news and analysis from The Nation
March 4, 2021
How Pelé Sold Out
A new Netflix documentary revisits the soccer star’s illustrious World Cup career during a pivotal period in Brazilian history.
February 24, 2021
The Front Lines
A Glitch in the Matrix
February 18, 2021
What Popular Culture Misunderstands About Addiction
Much of the film and TV we consume misleads audiences with inaccurate and harmful depictions of recovery and treatment.
February 16, 2021
The Long History of the FBI’s Surveillance of Martin Luther King
A new documentary details the bureau’s response to King and how the harassment of left-wing radicals and activists of color was integral to its mission in the 20th century.
Robert Greene II
February 11, 2021
‘Minari’ Is a Landmark for Asian American Cinema
Lee Isaac Chung’s poignant immigrant drama is the kind of film that can be felt with all five senses.
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
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January 21, 2021
Black Trans Liberation as History and Prophecy: The Art of Tourmaline
The artist's first solo show, is a reminder that pleasure is inseparable from the joint projects of abolition and freedom.
December 30, 2020
Out of the Ether
Let Them All Talk
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
, and more films from the end of 2020.
December 24, 2020
Modern Hollywood Discovers Its Jazz ‘Soul’
Pixar’s Christmas release is the best jazz film in a long time. But then, there isn’t a lot of competition.
December 18, 2020
‘Mank’ Recovers the Radical Roots of ‘Citizen Kane’
The biopic of writer Herman Mankiewicz recuperates the subversive politics of a cinematic masterpiece.
December 8, 2020
A Salacious Press, an Unchecked Government: Heinrich Böll’s Prescient Fiction
A 1975 film adaptation of his novel
The Lost Honor of Katharina
looks how fragile freedom is under democracy.