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Antonio Banderas and Pain and Glory
Antonio Banderas and Pain and Glory

Reteaming with Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish star delivers a performance all the more powerful for its restraint.

By David Hudson

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Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems
Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler plays a jeweler addicted to risk in the brothers’ new exhilarating—and exhausting—new film.

By David Hudson

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Susan Sontag and September Books
Susan Sontag and September Books

Also this month: Hollywood stars writing and reading and a novel that reimagines the intertwined lives of Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl.

By David Hudson

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Toronto 2019 Awards

Toronto 2019

Toronto 2019 Awards

Martin Eden tops the Platform competition, while audiences go for Jojo Rabbit.

By David Hudson

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Trains of Light and Sound

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Trains of Light and Sound

Lucrecia Martel, Annette Michelson, Satyajit Ray, and Joanna Hogg feature in this week’s round.

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Robert Frank, American Artist
Robert Frank, American Artist

Following his landmark collection of photographs, The Americans, Frank made essential films about the Beats, the Stones, and his own personal tragedies.

By David Hudson

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Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

Toronto 2019

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

The comedic murder mystery in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie has scored an outstanding round of early reviews.

By David Hudson

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Venice 2019: “What a Weird Year”
Venice 2019: “What a Weird Year”

The jury presided over by Lucrecia Martel has surprised just about everyone.

By David Hudson

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Other Arts, Other Worlds

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Other Arts, Other Worlds

This week we revisit the work of the late critic Gilberto Perez, novelist W. G. Sebald, and filmmakers Alice Guy Blaché, Wong Kar-wai, and Agnès Varda.

By David Hudson

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New Film Comment, Cineaste, Nang
New Film Comment, Cineaste, Nang

In Nang, young writers celebrate Asian cinema in honor of Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc, and new issues of other titles offer fresh reviews and interviews.

By David Hudson

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Todd Phillips’s Joker

Toronto 2019

Todd Phillips’s Joker

Critics split three ways: Joker is just plain great, or great but dangerous, or dangerous and also really quite bad.

By David Hudson

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Roy Andersson’s About Endlessness

Toronto 2019

Roy Andersson’s About Endlessness

Fans of the Swedish director will know what to expect, but he seems to be taking his unique vision in a slightly new direction.

By David Hudson

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David Michôd’s The King
David Michôd’s The King

After Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh, it’s Timothée Chalamet’s turn to lead the English to the Battle of Agincourt.

By David Hudson

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Roman Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy
Roman Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy

Early verdicts diverge as widely as opinions on how to respond to the very idea of a new film by Roman Polanski.

By David Hudson

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James Gray’s Ad Astra
James Gray’s Ad Astra

Early reviews of Gray’s space odyssey are strong—and even stronger for Brad Pitt.

By David Hudson

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Cléo from 2013 to 2019

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Cléo from 2013 to 2019

This week, a feminist journal folds, a filmmaker pens a manifesto, and Richard Linklater commits to a twenty-year project.

By David Hudson

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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth Opens Venice 2019
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth Opens Venice 2019

Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche star as a mother and daughter clashing over contrasting versions of their past.

By David Hudson

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Anticipating the Fall Festivals
Anticipating the Fall Festivals

In the run-up to Venice, Telluride, and Toronto, New York announces its retrospective and revivals.

By David Hudson

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Movies to Listen to

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Movies to Listen to

A good number of the pieces that have stood out this week examine the ways that music and cinema have informed each other’s traditions.

By David Hudson

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Peter Fonda: Free to Ride
Peter Fonda: Free to Ride

With The Hired Hand, Fonda created a classic of the new era ushered in by Easy Rider.

By David Hudson

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Golden Leopard for Pedro Costa
Golden Leopard for Pedro Costa

Vitalina Varela leads this year’s award winners at the Locarno Film Festival.

By David Hudson

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Stories of Their Lives

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Stories of Their Lives

Look back with us on the winding career of Arthur Jafa, a summer spent with Tilda Swinton, and an evening with soccer “super-fan” Agnès Varda.

By David Hudson

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Checking in on Locarno
Checking in on Locarno

A week into this year’s edition, a few critical favorites are emerging from the competition.

By David Hudson

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Projections, Wavelengths, and More
Projections, Wavelengths, and More

As Toronto’s full lineup nears completion, New York looks to expand upon “our notions of what the moving image can do and be.”

By David Hudson

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