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Current Issue - March/April 2014

FEATURES

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
By Geoffrey O'Brien
In Wes Anderson’s fantasia of Old Europe, the sun sets on continental cosmopolitanism, and dark shadows fall

NYMPHOMANIAC
By Jonathan Romney
The two-part chronicle of a female sex addict is the latest vehicle for master provocateur Lars von Trier’s formal explorations

ALBERT SERRA
By Manuel Yáñez-Murillo
Spain’s mischievous cinematic alchemist once again transforms classical literature into Modernist minimalism with Story of My Death

THE SENSORY ETHNOGRAPHY LAB
By Irina Leimbacher
An innovative Harvard University program’s dynamic audiovisual experiments from Sweetgrass to Manakamana

AUTEUR THEORY 2014
By Kent Jones
Debunking some critical fallacies of post-Sarris auteurism

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS & A HIJACKING
By Chris Norris
You are there: two fundamentally different and equally gripping treatments of modern-day piracy

THE 39TH ANNUAL GROSSES GLOSS
By Donald Wilson
Show us the metrics! The inexorable advance of video on demand continues, but the revenue figures remain elusive.
Plus: Michael Berry on China and Hollywood

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Letter

OPENING SHOTS
News, Hot Property: Aleksei German's Hard to Be a God, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die: Le Deuxième Souffle, Site Specifics: The Seventh Art, Trivial Top 20®: Best Night Movies, Restoration Row

READERS’ POLL
Your top choices from 2013

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

OLAF’S WORLD
Yves Boisset by Olaf Möller

ENCORE
Raúl Ruiz’s Life Is a Dream and The Blind Owl by Jonathan Robbins

SOUND & VISION
Michael Snow by Amy Taubin and Matthew Barney by Margaret Barton-Fumo

FESTIVALS
Sundance by Amy Taubin and Laura Kern and Rotterdam by Gavin Smith

SCREENINGS
The Unknown Known by Jennifer Dworkin, Interior. Leather Bar. by Nathan Lee, Journey to the West by Grady Hendrix, Enemy by José Teodoro, Only Lovers Left Alive by Amy Taubin

SHORT TAKES
Blue Ruin by Laura Kern, Cheap Thrills by Violet Lucca, It Felt Like Love by Violet Lucca, The Missing Picture by Nicolas Rapold, Under the Skin by Nicolas Rapold, Le Week-End by Eric Hynes

HOME MOVIES
The Counselor by Amy Taubin, The Postman Always Rings Twice by Frank Ombres, The Fantastic Mr. Fox by David Filipi, Nostalghia by Chuck Stephens, The Year of the Cannibals (I cannibali) by Michael Chaiken, A Brief History of Time by Morgan Wilcock, Many Wars Ago (Uomini contro) by Jared Eisenstat, The Stuart Hall Project by Patrick Friel, Foreign Correspondent by Max Nelson, Deseret & Four Corners by David Gregory Lawson

READINGS
Joe Dante edited by Nil Baskar and Gabe Klinger, reviewed by Leah Churner; Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins by Noah Isenberg, reviewed by Michael Joshua Rowin; The Sky Between the Leaves: Film reviews, essays & interviews 1992-2012 by David Walsh, reviewed by Michael Pattison; Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store by Daniel Herbert, reviewed by Benjamín Schultz-Figueroa

GRAPHIC DETAIL
Anselmo Ballester by Adrian Curry