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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
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.
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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.
December 4, 2020
Movie Theaters Aren’t Dying—They’re Being Murdered
The Covid-19 pandemic is providing a perfect cover for media giants bent on replacing theatrical moviegoing with streaming at home.
December 1, 2020
John Wilson’s Magically Poignant Urban Histories
His documentary series for HBO is a head-spinning interrogation of the chaos of New York City life.
November 27, 2020
Don’t Cancel Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Far from promoting homophobia, the classic holiday special celebrates the fellowship of outsiders.