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Special section on 54th New York Film Festival, including Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, Ava DuVernay’s The 13th, Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight, Bertrand Tavernier’s My Journey Through French Cinema, Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta; American movie acting, film criticism in the age of social media, Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius

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SPECIAL SECTION: THE 54th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

MAREN ADE’S TONI ERDMANN
By Amy Taubin
With her dazzling, dynamic third film, the German director points toward a new (and hilarious, and heartwrenching) cinema of feeling

AVA DuVERNAY ON THE 13TH
By Ashley Clark
In an exclusive preview of her documentary on the mass incarceration of African Americans, the director speaks out about recounting a shameful legacy

BARRY JENKINS ON MOONLIGHT
By Farihah Zaman
A resplendent drama about a gay black man’s coming of age in Miami announces the arrival of a major talent
Interview by Nicolas Rapold

BERTRAND TAVERNIER ON MY VOYAGE THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA
By Joan Dupont
The filmmaker-superfan holds court on Godard’s foibles, Becker’s brilliance, the inspiration of wartime, and more

PEDRO ALMODÓVAR ON JULIETA
By Carlos Reviriego
The Spanish auteur on how cinema has both sustained and overtaken his life

FEATURES

AMERICAN MOVIE ACTING TODAY
By Shonni Enelow
From Jennifer Lawrence to Michael B. Jordan, less is more: making the case for a new restrained style of performance

REGARDING CLASSICAL CINEMA
By Imogen Sara Smith
A writer luxuriates in the exquisite out-of-time existence of classic movie love, after visiting a silent film festival

FILM CRITICISM IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
By Nick Pinkerton
More people are talking about movies online than ever, but are the films themselves becoming an afterthought?

KIRSTEN JOHNSON’S CAMERAPERSON
By Michael Koresky
With her new magpie film, a cinematographer reminds us that, like every life moment, every shot has meaning

CHARLES BURNETT’S TO SLEEP WITH ANGER
By Ashley Clark
The Old South meets South Central in this recently restored 1990 tale, blending magic realism with authentic detail

DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS

Editor’s letter

THE PRE-SHOW
News, Inspired: Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women by Nicolas Rapold, Release Me: Terence Davies’s A Quiet Passion by Michael Koresky, Directions: Roger Corman interviewed by Nick Pinkerton, Restoration Row: Peter Hutton by Max Nelson, and more

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Critics rate and comment on new releases

MAKE IT REAL
Propaganda by Eric Hynes

OFF THE PAGE
Merchant-Ivory’s Howards End by Michael Koresky

PLAYING ALONG
Movie theme songs by Andrew Chan

SCARE TACTICS
Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe by Laura Kern

FINEST HOUR
Dean Stockwell in Compulsion by Sheila O’Malley

INSIDE STORIES
What is cinematic about VR? by Tyson Kubota

ART AND CRAFT
By cinematographer Sean Price Williams

THE BIG SCREEN
Aquarius by Yonca Talu, Fire at Sea by Stuart Klawans, Happy Hour by Dan Sullivan, American Honey by Paula Mejia

SHORT TAKES
The Birth of a Nation by Michael Koresky, Demon by Ela Bittencourt, The Handmaiden by Violet Lucca, The Apostate by Yonca Talu, As I Open My Eyes by Michael Joshua Rowin

HOME MOVIES
Guns Blazing: Olive Signature label by Steven Mears, Small Wonders: Le CiNéMa Club streaming service by David Fear, Wish List: Men… by Laura Kern, Cat People by Michael Koresky, Homo Sapiens by Nicolas Rapold, Kamikaze ’89 by Violet Lucca, Midnight Run by Nick Pinkerton, Private Vices Public Virtues by Travis Crawford, Therapy for a Vampire by Chloe Lizotte

READINGS
Dan Duryea: Heel with a Heart by Mike Peros, reviewed by Nick Pinkerton; A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood by Zoe Beloff, reviewed by Michael Joshua Rowin; Apichatpong Sourcebook: The Serenity of Madness, edited by Independent Curators International; reviewed by Nicolas Rapold

IN MEMORIAM
Abbas Kiarostami by David Sterritt

GRAPHIC DETAIL
Robert E. McGinnis by Adrian Curry