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January/February 2016

Alejandro G. Iñárritu interview, Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, Kinji Fukasaku, our Best Films of 2015 critics poll plus individual top 10s, Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt & Benjamin Crotty & Alexander Carver, Andrzej Zulawski’s Cosmos, the year's standouts in documentary, animation, Asian film, and more

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THE REVENANT
By David Fear
Alejandro G. Iñárritu explains his philosophy of cinema in extremis

ANOMALISA
By Howard Hampton
An animated puppet show takes Charlie Kaufman’s mental cinema into new psychic realms

FINAL CUT 2015
The Top 50 Films of the YearTop 20 Undistributed Films of the Year • 10 Bests • State of the ArtThe Year in Animation • Terra Incognita • East Asian Cinema Standouts

ABRANTES, SCHMIDT, CROTTY & CARVER
By Dan Sullivan
Twenty films (and counting), four filmmakers, one gender-bending vision

KINJI FUKASAKU
By Marc Walkow
Japanese cinema’s undisputed master of the modern yakuza film had more than gangsters on his mind

GAME CHANGERS
By Paul Schrader
Sound: part eight of a technological history of cinema

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s letter

OPENING SHOTS
News, Hot Property: Andrzej Zulawski’s Cosmos by Nicolas Rapold, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die: Patrick Sheane Duncan’s 84 Charlie MoPic, Site Specifics: thecinetourist.net by Violet Lucca, Trivial Top 20: Most Prolific Filmmakers, Matías Piñeiro’s In the Moment: Candice Bergen in Rich and Famous, Restoration Row by Max Nelson

ENCORE
Dorothy Arzner’s Christopher Strong by Lindsay Zoladz

SOUND & VISION
Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay by Margaret Barton-Fumo and Nathaniel Dorsky by Kristin M. Jones

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

MAKE IT REAL
The year in documentary by Eric Hynes

SCREENINGS
Sixty Six by Kristin M. Jones, The Hateful Eight by Steven Mears, The Big Short by Harlan Jacobson, Aferim! by Robert Horton, The Clan by Michael Sragow, In the Shadow of Women by Nick Pinkerton, The Witch by David Fear

SHORT TAKES
The Club by Yonca Talu, Embrace of the Serpent by Violet Lucca, Joy by Nicolas Rapold, Southbound by Nicolas Rapold, The Treasure by Max Nelson, Where to Invade Next by Alejandro Veciana

HOME MOVIES
Out 1 by Nicholas Elliott, The Mad Genius by Farran Smith Nehme, Let There Be Light: John Huston’s Wartime Documentaries by Patrick Friel, Death by Hanging by Nicolas Rapold, Fatherland by Graham Fuller, Thundercrack! by Marc Walkow, Shaun the Sheep Movie by David Filipi, The Emigrants & The New Land by Michael Sragow, Wind Across the Everglades by Justin Stewart, Welcome to L.A. by Nick Pinkerton

READINGS
W.C. Fields by Himself edited by Ronald J. Fields, reviewed by Nicolas Rapold; The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907-1933 edited by Anton Kaes, Nicholas Baer, and Michael Cowan, reviewed by Noah Isenberg; Brakhage’s Childhood by Jane (Brakhage) Wodening, reviewed by Michael Joshua Rowin; Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen by Christine Leteux, reviewed by Scott Eyman

GRAPHIC DETAIL
The best posters of 2015