Reviews

Stephen Hawking Turns 72 Today. This Documentary Shows Why That's Incredible.
January 08, 2014

Stephen Hawking turns 72 on January 8. TNR's Stanley Kauffmann reviews A Brief History of Time and reminds us that Hawking's life just might be as incredible as his work.

Donald Rumsfeld Is Finally Under Interrogation
“The Unknown Known”: The scope and limits of documentary
October 10, 2013

As an investigation, The Unknown Known adds little to our memory of Rumsfeld’s press conferences and his lugubrious ruminations over what words meant. The marvel of the film (and of other Morris projects) is the cold lucidity of the light in undeviating close-up on the “witness.”

A Jolly Good Fellini
July 13, 1963
October 09, 2013

Like most autobiographical works Federico Fellini's scintillating new film 8 ½ reveals something more than its author intended. Begin with the title.