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Hollywood’s Top Dog

Anatomy of a Gag

Hollywood’s Top Dog

One of cinema’s most charismatic canines shows off his comedic chops in Leo McCarey’s screwball masterpiece The Awful Truth.

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Remembering Film Studies Pioneer Annette Michelson
Remembering Film Studies Pioneer Annette Michelson

The writer and editor for Artforum, cofounder of October, and professor at NYU was ninety-six.

By David Hudson

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Fall Festival Marathon Wraps with TIFF’s Awards

Toronto 2018

Fall Festival Marathon Wraps with TIFF’s Awards

Critics pick their favorite premieres of the season, and Toronto audiences vote up a surprise winner.

By David Hudson

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My Man Godfrey: The Right Kind of People
My Man Godfrey: The Right Kind of People

Once called “the great directorial genius of Hollywood” by Carole Lombard, Gregory La Cava struck comedy gold with this mix of madcap high jinks, irresistible romance, and social commentary.

By Farran Smith Nehme

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New Faces and Legendary Women

Did You See This?

New Faces and Legendary Women

Agnès Varda returns to Interview, David Lynch talks about his art, and more.

By David Hudson

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The State of Things

Toronto 2018

The State of Things

Michael Moore takes on Trump, Werner Herzog meets Gorbachev, and Astra Taylor asks a big question.

By David Hudson

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The Tree of Life: Let the Wind Speak
The Tree of Life: Let the Wind Speak

The imitation of nature becomes a devotional act in Terrence Malick’s cinema, which reaches sublime heights in this exploration of childhood, memory, and grief.

By Kent Jones

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David Byrne’s Wild Texas Odyssey in Chicago

Repertory Picks

David Byrne’s Wild Texas Odyssey in Chicago

The Talking Heads front man mines the extraordinariness of ordinary American life in his surreal genre hybrid True Stories, playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center tomorrow and Tuesday.

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Widows, Guns, and Money

Toronto 2018

Widows, Guns, and Money

Viola Davis, Robert Redford, and Gael García Bernal star in a cluster of new heist movies.

By David Hudson

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Nemes and Reygadas Split the Critics

Toronto 2018

Nemes and Reygadas Split the Critics

Both Sunset and Our Time have their champions and detractors.

By David Hudson

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Cold Water: Dancing on the Ruins
Cold Water: Dancing on the Ruins

Fueled by the rebellious sounds of rock and roll, Olivier Assayas’s long-unavailable breakthrough film is a remarkably unsentimental journey through the memories of youth.

By Girish Shambu

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Lions for Cuarón, Lanthimos, and Audiard

Venice 2018

Lions for Cuarón, Lanthimos, and Audiard

Hopes were high in Venice this year, and for the most part, they seem to have been fulfilled.

By David Hudson

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Joachim Trier Grapples with the Fractured Time of Don’t Look Now

Under the Influence

Joachim Trier Grapples with the Fractured Time of Don’t Look Now

The acclaimed Norwegian filmmaker talks about Nicolas Roeg’s richly suggestive, nonlinear approach to time in his masterpiece Don't Look Now.

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Remembering Burt Reynolds
Remembering Burt Reynolds

The star of over a hundred movies wielded his laid-back charisma to conquer the box office throughout the 1970s.

By David Hudson

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The Many Faces of Hal Ashby: A Conversation with Amy Scott
The Many Faces of Hal Ashby: A Conversation with Amy Scott

New Hollywood rebel Hal Ashby takes the spotlight in a new documentary by director Amy Scott, who talks with us about the deep allure of his humanist sensibility.

By Hillary Weston

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1968 All Over Again

Did You See This?

1968 All Over Again

Hoberman on Romero, Anderson on Godard, Gallagher on Ford, filmmakers’ top fifties, and more.

By David Hudson

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Sex and Violence on the Lido

Venice 2018

Sex and Violence on the Lido

New films by Jennifer Kent, Jacques Audiard, Paul Greengrass, and Pablo Trapero.

By David Hudson

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A Killer Combo at Film Forum

Repertory Picks

A Killer Combo at Film Forum

Two cult classics deliver jolts to the system in a double feature at New York City’s beloved Film Forum.

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Women of the West

Goings On

Women of the West

A series at Anthology Film Archives and an archived special feature make for fine companions.

By David Hudson

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Pop Stars, Painters, and Pastorals

Venice 2018

Pop Stars, Painters, and Pastorals

Natalie Portman sings, Willem Dafoe paints, and Frederick Wiseman heads to Trump country.

By David Hudson

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First Days, First Impressions

Venice 2018

First Days, First Impressions

Here’s how the competition is shaping up so far.

By David Hudson

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The Village Voice Ends Its Sixty-Three-Year Run
The Village Voice Ends Its Sixty-Three-Year Run

And a pillar of American film criticism falls.

By David Hudson

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The Overlooked, Underrated, and Never Made

Did You See This?

The Overlooked, Underrated, and Never Made

There’s a wistful sense of what might have been running through this week’s round of five.

By David Hudson

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Telluride 2018
Telluride 2018

World premieres, the best of the fests, and half a dozen classics selected by guest director Jonathan Lethem.

By David Hudson

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