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September Books
September Books

From Hitchcock’s orbit to The Architecture of Cinematic Spaces, here’s some of this month’s best writing on new books.

By David Hudson

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Alex Ross’s Wagnerism
Alex Ross’s Wagnerism

The New Yorker’s music critic traces the history of the composer’s impact on art, culture, and the movies.

By David Hudson

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Spike Lee and David Byrne’s American Utopia
Spike Lee and David Byrne’s American Utopia

After opening TIFF, this dynamic yet unobtrusive documentation of the hit Broadway show now heads to the NYFF.

By David Hudson

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Omens and Renewed Hope

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Omens and Renewed Hope

The late scholar Robert Bird’s final essay on Tarkovsky and fresh writing on Béla Tarr, Eric Rohmer, and more are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Borderline Week
Borderline Week

Antonio Campos’s The Devil All the Time and Sean Durkin’s The Nest have A.V. Club writers revisiting the films they’ve made with Josh Mond.

By David Hudson

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Crime Bosses and Made Men
Crime Bosses and Made Men

Glenn Kenny’s new book on Scorsese’s Goodfellas scores raves and Coppola has been tinkering with The Godfather again.

By David Hudson

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Francis Lee’s Ammonite
Francis Lee’s Ammonite

For some, this nineteenth-century love story “never catches fire,” but for others, it’s “one of the finest films of the year.”

By David Hudson

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Nomadland and Venice Awards
Nomadland and Venice Awards

Golden Lion for Chloé Zhao! Plus a look at what the critics have to say about all the award winners.

By David Hudson

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History in Waves

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History in Waves

On our minds this week: New Taiwan Cinema of the 1980s, Black cinema’s “paradoxical role in American cultural history,” the new Brooklyn Rail, and more.

By David Hudson

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From Venice to Toronto
From Venice to Toronto

As Toronto opens, here’s an overview of early critical response to some of the festival’s titles arriving directly from their premieres in Venice.

By David Hudson

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Vanessa Kirby in Venice
Vanessa Kirby in Venice

The in-demand performer stars in two films in competition, Kornél Mundruczó’s Pieces of a Woman and Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come.

By David Hudson

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Jiří Menzel’s Witty Subversions
Jiří Menzel’s Witty Subversions

Always a lively presence on-screen, Menzel also directed Closely Watched Trains and I Served the King of England.

By David Hudson

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“The Omnipresent Present”

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“The Omnipresent Present”

Black directors recommend films that have had an impact on their work. Also this week: Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, Yasuzo Masumura, Takashi Miike, and Alan Clarke.

By David Hudson

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Pedro Almodóvar’s The Human Voice
Pedro Almodóvar’s The Human Voice

Tilda Swinton stars in a free adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s 1930 play.

By David Hudson

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Venice 2020: Apples and The Ties
Venice 2020: Apples and The Ties

The festival opens with a winning oddity from Greece and an Italian time-hopping family drama.

By David Hudson

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Venice Calling
Venice Calling

Festival directors join Venice head Alberto Barbera, who encourages the industry to get back up and running again.

By David Hudson

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Tributes to Chadwick Boseman
Tributes to Chadwick Boseman

Fans around the world remember an accomplished actor, a genuine movie star, and a generous role model.

By David Hudson

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Varieties of the Media Experience

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Varieties of the Media Experience

This week’s highlights feature paintings brought to life, pioneering citizen journalists, early “race films,” and the first Japanese wave.

By David Hudson

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Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things

One severe pan, a good handful of raves, and a set of fence-straddling reviews recommending that viewers go ahead and proceed—but with caution.

By David Hudson

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Isabel Sandoval’s Lingua Franca
Isabel Sandoval’s Lingua Franca

Writer, director, editor, and coproducer Sandoval stars as an undocumented Filipina drawn into a relationship with an unstable man.

By David Hudson

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Trending Currents
Trending Currents

The NYFF presents its inaugural Currents lineup, and the Berlinale’s acting awards are going gender-neutral.

By David Hudson

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Christopher Nolan’s Tenet
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

“Temporal pincers” aside, this two-and-a-half-hour puzzler may be easier to follow than you might expect.

By David Hudson

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Disparate Communities

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Disparate Communities

A free film school in a French banlieue, a nineteenth-century inventor, and a lesbian classic are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Remembering Linda Manz
Remembering Linda Manz

The one-of-a-kind actress gave us unforgettable performances in Days of Heaven and Out of the Blue.

By David Hudson

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