The Story Behind the Central Song in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
December 20, 2013

The central song in 'Inside Llewyn Davis' has been performed by everyone from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan to Jeff Buckley.

'Saving Mr. Banks' Is a Two-Hour Disney Commercial
December 19, 2013

Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you’re down, it jumps on you.

Remembering Peter O'Toole
December 17, 2013

Remembering a brief encounter with the self-destructive, life-affirming star.

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