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  • The Fall’s Best Movies Are About American Soul-Searching

    David Byrne has long been a master of perfectly designed worlds. The 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, with his band Talking Heads, captured how carefully he stages his shows, bringing in band members one by one to emphasize how each contributes to the harmonies…
  • Hollywood’s Narcissism Leads to Bean Counting the Oscars

    Commentary It has been a notorious fact for people of any discernment and discrimination for many decades that the Hollywood film industry, while capable of producing remarkably fine, apposite, and culturally significant films from time to time, is a seething hothouse of hypocrisy, philistinism, bigotry…
  • The Tenet Experiment Didn’t Work

    Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was supposed to be a boon for movie theaters, a light in the darkness after the coronavirus pandemic shut down cinemas for months. Here was an original film from a beloved director, one of the biggest titles of our postponed summer-movie season—surely…
  • ‘The Batman’ Shoot Suspended After Positive COVID-19 Test

    A person working on “The Batman” production has tested positive for COVID-19 and the UK shoot has been temporarily suspended. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. said Thursday that the individual is currently isolating in accordance with established protocols. Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and Vanity Fair…
  • Steve Bannon’s World of Wallcraft

    Nothing says more about Steve Bannon than his choice and his analysis of movies. I knew from Joshua Green’s Devil’s Bargain that Bannon’s favorite movie is Twelve O’Clock High. And when faced with the challenge of interviewing him for my film American Dharma, I thought,…
  • American Theaters Are Back in Business. Sort Of.

    The pandemic has suspended moviegoing in the U.S. for so long that it makes sense to bring it back with a work as crude as Unhinged. The first film to get a national release in theaters since mid-March, Derrick Borte’s thriller does not demand much…