IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
By Kent Jones
Wong Kar-wai returns to claim his place at the forefront of world cinema with an exquisite story of desire, yearning, and loss set in 1962 Hong Kong. Reinventing his style while revisiting familiar themes, he takes the viewer deeper than ever before, and elicits performances of soulful melancholy from Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung.
By Gavin Smith
Steven Soderbergh began the year with the smash hit Erin Brockovich and ends it with Traffic, a tough exploration of the drug war from both sides of a hazy moral dividing line. The director discusses the winding path of his career from indie auteur to Hollywood’s hottest director for hire.
KOREA’S NEW WAVE
By Chuck Stephens
An introduction to the key filmmakers and themes of the New Korean Cinema.
By Peter Hogue
A reappraisal of Buñuel’s legacy as cinema’s surrealist and satirist.
By Phillip Lopate
An unsentimental trilogy of stories examining the fragile connections between Holocaust survivors in Poland, France and Israel.
By Robert Sklar
With Kippur, Israel’s prolific movie provocateur and outspoken political critic has made his best film.
THE HOUSE OF MIRTH
By Graham Fuller
British Filmmaker Terence Davies’ magnificent adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel of tragic social downfall is an emotionally devastating look at the hothouse world of turn of the century polite society—and its cutthroat values.
By Gavin Smith
Scully talks! Opening the file on the star of The House of Mirth and her approach to playing Lily Bart.
By Mark Olsen
Christopher Nolan’s unforgettable time-warped mystery thriller will keep you guessing to the end—and beyond.
Including: Top 20 Movies of the Year Critics’ Poll, Ten Bests, and what mattered most in the movies and the movie business, plus: Reader’s Poll—what kind of a year in movies was it for you?
Letter from the Editor
News, Chatterbox, Frame Ups: Luis Guzman, Guilty Pleasures: Ed Pressman, Off the Shelf
8 critics rate 25 new releases
London by Jonathan Romney
Ousmane Sembene’s Faat Kine by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Hélène Angel’s Skin of Man, Heart of Beast by Nicole Armour
Robert Guédiguian’s La Ville est tranquille by Robert Horton
Vincent Canby by Molly Haskell
Pollock by Kristin Jones, Snatch by John Patterson, The Caveman’s Valentine by John Anderson, Thirteen Days by Harlan Jacobson, Series 7: The Contenders by Chris Chang.
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The Mission by Gavin Smith, Bone by Nicole Armour
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