A Matter of Life and Death: The Too-Muchness of It All
A feast of sumptuous color and cinematic imagination, Powell and Pressburger’s postwar masterpiece is also a powerful reckoning with recent history.
sex, lies, and videotape: Some Kind of Skin Flick
Flesh has rarely been as alive on-screen as it is in Steven Soderbergh’s feature debut, an intimate drama that changed the face of American independent film.
El Sur: A Complete Incomplete Film
At a time when Spain was trying to leave its past behind, master filmmaker Víctor Erice transported viewers back to the post–Civil War era, examining its traumas through the eyes of a child.
Bowling for Columbine: By Any Means Necessary
A galvanizing mix of polemic and entertainment, Michael Moore’s look at the American gun obsession is as chillingly relevant today as when it was released.
Midnight Cowboy: On the Fringe
John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy is a milestone along several different paths of movie history, all of which converged at the majestically seedy crossroads of Times Square in the spring of 1968.
Graduation: Where Are You, Romeo?
About halfway through Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation (2016), Dr. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) finds himself in a patch of woods in the middle of the night, crying. It’s a surprisingly vulnerable moment for a protagonist who is usually all business.…
Beyond the Hills: Offscreen Cinema
Drawing as much from the horror-movie canon as from religious iconography, Cristian Mungiu provoked the ire of the Orthodox Church with this unrelenting account of a real-life exorcism.
The Other Side of Hope: No-Home Movie
In the singular world of Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, auteurist homage and social consciousness are joined by some of the most lovingly filmed dogs in contemporary cinema.
Moonrise: Dark of the Moon
In his uncharacteristic final masterpiece, the great Hollywood melodramatist Frank Borzage approaches the shadowy violence of film noir with his unique brand of romanticism.
The Color of Pomegranates: Parajanov Unbound
Soviet filmmaker Sergei Parajanov explored his Transcaucasian roots in this visually spectacular and wonderfully strange ode to the Armenian poet Sayat-Nova.