Nudity Clause
March 02, 2013

From Jayne Mansfield to Seth MacFarlane, a brief history of Hollywood's breast anxiety.

The Strange Power of Les Mis, the Book
March 02, 2013

Why the most dramatic parts of Les Misérables are also the most politically incisive.


What Are All Our Zombies Telling Us?
March 01, 2013

There are sane young people who are not counting on living a full term. And there are things in our culture that reflect that doubt. 

February 25, 2013

The Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami has now made his second feature in exile.

Last Gasp
February 23, 2013

Michael Haneke is a paragon of the benefits of a generous state-funded film industry.

R.I.P. Alan Sharp, a Writer Too Dark for Hollywood
February 22, 2013

Alan Sharp's movies reflected the confusion, failures, and darkness of the 1970s—and maybe that's why no one wanted to see them.

Oscar Grouch
February 22, 2013

The novel he'd written had become a movie that was nominated for an Oscar. But that didn't mean he'd have an open ticket to the party.

Wreck-It Disney?
February 21, 2013

How the animation giant stole Pixar's mojo. 

Bradley Cooper: Beefcake Thespian
February 21, 2013

It’s a real shame that the planned big-screen production of Paradise Lost, which was to feature Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, will never see the light of day.

The Adverse Side Effects of Steven Soderbergh's Movie Career
February 15, 2013

Steven Soderbergh has made a career of balancing ambitious films with crowdpleasers. His rotten new movie suggests why he may be getting out of the game.