The Coen Brothers' New Movie Might Be Their Most Boring
'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a moody misstep
December 05, 2013

'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a moody misstep.

China Doesn't Want You to See This Year's Best Chinese Film
Luckily, I saw it in the U.S.
December 03, 2013

Luckily, you can see it here.

Cahiers du Reagan
From TNR, November 1, 1980
December 01, 2013

The great Peter Kaplan's take on the 40th president's movies, published just before the 1980 election

Is Paolo Sorrentino Like Fellini? Even Better.
"The Great Beauty" and "Bastards" reviewed
November 23, 2013

"The Great Beauty" and "Bastards" reviewed.

Why Didn't an American Make '12 Years a Slave'?
November 22, 2013

A film that finally depicts our original sin in all its horror. Made by foreigners.

Alexander Payne Has Mastered the Midwest. Now He Must Move to the Big City.
November 20, 2013

Alexander Payne does not make mistakes, and that would seem to be his only serious handicap or restraint. But he has so many delicious virtues of taste, precision, and modesty. He has tragic instincts but will not succumb to melancholy.

Half a Century at the Movies
From the writings of Stanley Kauffmann
November 09, 2013

The Silence, 1964

Stanley Kauffmann's Final Film Review
On 'Nicky's Family,' 'The Artist and the Model' and 'The Act of Killing'
November 08, 2013

Nicky’s Family is a Czech tribute (stirringly deserved) to Nicholas Winton, the Englishman who organized the rescue of mostly Jewish Czech children from Prague when the Nazis invaded. His organization has been active ever since in similar work.

Matthew McConaughey Has Transformed From Texas Pretty Boy to Twisted Loner
November 07, 2013

When was the last time a male actor, already in his forties, and around a while, simply grabbed the kingdom?

Appalachia Used to Be Simply Scary. Now Its Hipness Is Frightening.
November 05, 2013

For four decades Ned Beatty has been the unofficial spokesmodel of Appalachian tourism.