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News from Berlin, Rotterdam, and Park City
News from Berlin, Rotterdam, and Park City

The Berlinale will premiere new work by Angela Schanelec and Denis Côté, Rotterdam’s got an opener, and Steven Soderbergh will preview his latest at Slamdance.

By David Hudson

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Jacques Tourneur Strikes Fear in New York

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Jacques Tourneur Strikes Fear in New York

One of the all-time scariest creature features kicks off a three-week-long tribute to the director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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Twenty-Five Films Added to the National Film Registry
Twenty-Five Films Added to the National Film Registry

Selection to the registry ensures that “these films will be preserved for all time.”

By David Hudson

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Another Year of Peak TV
Another Year of Peak TV

As critics list their favorite television shows of 2018, we take a look at some of the most notable writing about a few of their picks.

By David Hudson

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A Dry White Season: Justice Against the Law
A Dry White Season: Justice Against the Law

Director Euzhan Palcy put herself at personal risk to make this powerful indictment of racism in South Africa, released at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement.

By Jyoti Mistry

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Critics Laud Roma
Critics Laud Roma

Alfonso Cuarón’s latest scores best film awards from critics’ groups in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

By David Hudson

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From Folk Ditty to Rally Anthem: Nashville’s “It Don’t Worry Me”

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From Folk Ditty to Rally Anthem: Nashville’s “It Don’t Worry Me”

Performed by the late Barbara Harris, the final song in Robert Altman’s masterpiece is a provocative mix of genres and conflicting cultural resonances.

By Jewly Hight

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Essays, a Conversation, and a Knockout Tour

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Essays, a Conversation, and a Knockout Tour

Bluebeard films, German theorists, Fassbinder’s attack, sensory experiences, and the world’s largest movie studio.

By David Hudson

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Missed Connections: A Conversation with Christian Petzold
Missed Connections: A Conversation with Christian Petzold

In quietly simmering dramas that depict solitary characters on the margins of society, German director Christian Petzold brings the ghosts of history into conversation with modern life.

By Hillary Weston

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Globes and Laurels
Globes and Laurels

Adam McKay’s Vice leads the Golden Globe nominations as critics write up their lists of the best of 2018.

By David Hudson

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Lone Scherfig Will Open Berlinale 2019
Lone Scherfig Will Open Berlinale 2019

Also in today’s round of festival news: Guillermo del Toro’s alternative history of Mexican cinema and Sundance’s New Frontier.

By David Hudson

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Candy-Colored Fassbinder in Madison

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Candy-Colored Fassbinder in Madison

Rainer Werner Fassbinder skewered the emptiness of capitalist values in Lola, a fifties-set homage to Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel, playing this Sunday at the University of Wisconsin.

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The Repertory Boom
The Repertory Boom

The New Beverly reopens in Los Angeles and Film Comment offers fresh coverage of the repertory scene in New York.

By David Hudson

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Sundance and Rotterdam Roll Out Their 2019 Lineups
Sundance and Rotterdam Roll Out Their 2019 Lineups

Twelve episodic works and seventy-three shorts will premiere in Park City, while Rotterdam shines its spotlight on Parajanov and Godard.

By David Hudson

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True Stories: Everybody Has Tones
True Stories: Everybody Has Tones

David Byrne cracked open the profound strangeness of small-town Texas in this wonderfully symphonic film, his sole foray into narrative-feature directing.

By Rebecca Bengal

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The Favourite Sweeps the BIFAs
The Favourite Sweeps the BIFAs

Yorgos Lanthimos’s period romp wins a record ten British Independent Film Awards, and John Waters picks his ten favorite films of 2018.

By David Hudson

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New Cineaste and Young Cineastes

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New Cineaste and Young Cineastes

A new issue from a magazine founded over fifty years ago and a showcase of work by aspiring film critics.

By David Hudson

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Awards Season Is Underway
Awards Season Is Underway

First Reformed, Eighth Grade, Roma, and The Rider emerge as early favorites.

By David Hudson

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Sundance Announces Its 2019 Features Lineup
Sundance Announces Its 2019 Features Lineup

112 films, including new work from Joanna Hogg, Stanley Nelson, Kim Longinotto, and Ritesh Batra.

By David Hudson

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Christian Petzold in New York

Goings On

Christian Petzold in New York

The largest retrospective in the U.S. yet is on through mid-December.

By David Hudson

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A World Gone Mad in Minneapolis

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A World Gone Mad in Minneapolis

Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi, a fiercely experimental look at the excesses of modernity, screens tonight at the Trylon cinema in Minneapolis.

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The Knotty Legacy of Bernardo Bertolucci
The Knotty Legacy of Bernardo Bertolucci

The career of one of Italy’s greatest directors was riddled with scandal and accolades.

By David Hudson

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Surfaces and Depths

The Magnificent Ambersons

Surfaces and Depths

With The Magnificent Ambersons, Orson Welles created a model of period filmmaking, lightly deploying historical signifiers while focusing on the haunting power of his actors’ faces.

By Luc Sante

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Echoes of Tarkington

The Magnificent Ambersons

Echoes of Tarkington

Unlike his adaptations of Shakespeare and Kafka, Orson Welles’s take on a Pulitzer Prize winner by Booth Tarkington is remarkably faithful to its source.

By Geoffrey O’Brien

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