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The Roaring Twenties: Into the Past
The Roaring Twenties: Into the Past

Hollywood legend Raoul Walsh’s first movie for Warner Bros. is an epoch-spanning tall tale that takes inspiration from the New York City of his childhood and closes out a run of influential gangster films he inaugurated in the silent era.

By Mark Asch

The Heroic Trio / Executioners: To the Power of Three
The Heroic Trio / Executioners: To the Power of Three

Combining the influence of the wuxia genre, the Hong Kong New Wave filmmaking of the 1980s, and loony comic-book futurism, these two ass-kicking fantasias are dazzling showcases of female physicality.

By Beatrice Loayza

Nothing but a Man: What We Can See in Ourselves
Nothing but a Man: What We Can See in Ourselves

Released at the height of the civil rights movement, this deceptively simple tale of a working-class Black man’s search for love and self-worth broke ground with its realism, nuance, and intensity.

By Gene Seymour

The Criterion Channel’s March 2024 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s March 2024 Lineup

Among the highlights of this month’s programming are a selection of notorious Golden Raspberry Award winners, Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno series, and a collection of extreme and virtuosic Method performances.

Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons: Another Year
Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons: Another Year

Through its echoes, resonances, and intricately branching stories, this cycle of films evokes the feeling that life, like the weather, is based on patterns too complex to ever be fully predictable.

By Imogen Sara Smith

Trainspotting: Beyond the Tracks
Trainspotting: Beyond the Tracks

Shifting recklessly between realism and surrealism, this drug-fueled odyssey from director Danny Boyle is a propulsive satire of depleted masculinity in urban Scotland.

By Graham Fuller

Mudbound: Friendship, Motherhood, and Redemptive Softness
Mudbound: Friendship, Motherhood, and Redemptive Softness

A kaleidoscopic work of literary adaptation, Dee Rees’s fourth feature film is anchored in a powerful fraternal bond between two men from opposite sides of the color line.

By Danielle Amir Jackson

The Criterion Channel’s February 2024 Lineup

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The Criterion Channel’s February 2024 Lineup

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a collection of otherworldly love stories, and celebrate Black History Month with a selection of films exploring African American history.

Chantal Akerman, 1968–1978: The Weight of Being
Chantal Akerman, 1968–1978: The Weight of Being

In the first ten years of her extraordinary career, the Belgian filmmaker used the raw materials of quotidian, marginal lives to spark a radical reinvention of cinema.

By Beatrice Loayza

Lone Star: Past Is Present
Lone Star: Past Is Present

Drawing on the influence of a wide range of genres, John Sayles creates a densely layered narrative that unfolds across two timelines and explores the long-hidden secrets of a small border town in Texas.

By Domino Renee Perez

A Year’s Worth of Essential Reading
A Year’s Worth of Essential Reading

We’re ringing in the new year with a look back at a selection of the most exciting pieces we published in 2023.


Room Tone 2023
Room Tone 2023

Look back on the collaborations that defined our year, captured in this compilation of moments that our crew shared with the artists, critics, and scholars who talked with us about the movies.

By Daniel Reis

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Room Tone 2023
On Film  – 25 Dec 2023