January/February 2012

The Best Films of 2011, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, Ben Wheatley, The Iron LadyEl Sicario, Room 164The Grey, Don Siegel's The Shootist

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GIRLS GONE WILD
By Amy Taubin
The defiant women who galvanize The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Haywire, and A Dangerous Method

DEEP BACKGROUND
By Kent Jones
A close look at life around the edges of the frame

MISS BALA
By José Teodoro
Gerardo Naranjo tackles the wrenching horrors of Mexico’s drug war from a new angle

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
By Scott Foundas
Spielberg’s animation debut is a rollicking and innovative advance into the digital domain

FINAL CUT 2011
20 Best Films of the Year • Top 10 Lists • State of the Art • Terra Incognita • The State of Repertory: A Case Study by Thom Andersen • Steve Jobs & Pixar by Roger Smith

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA
By Haden Guest
Nuri Bilge Ceylan diagnoses the soul sickness of Turkish masculinity

A SEPARATION
By Godfrey Cheshire
A twisty he-said-she-said from Iran’s latest breakout talent, Asghar Farhadi

BEN WHEATLEY
By David Cox
An English indie filmmaker shows his knack for flouting genre expectations in Kill List

DEPARTMENTS

EDITORIAL
By Kent Jones

OPENING SHOTS
News, Hot Property: Nadav Lapid’s Policeman by Nicolas Rapold, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die, Site Specifics: tank.tv by Jesse P. Finnegan, The Trivial Top 20®

FURTHER RESEARCH
Dave Kehr on William A. Seiter

OLAF’S WORLD
Ferdinand Khittl by Olaf Möller

SOUND & VISION
David Lynch’s Crazy Clown Time and Roy Lichtenstein

A FACE IN THE CROWD
Al Bridge

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

ENCORE
The Shootist

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
Frederick Wiseman by Harlan Jacobson

SCREENINGS
The Iron Lady by Graham Fuller, Footnote by Stuart Klawans, Declaration of War by David Zuckerman

SHORT TAKES
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Nicolas Rapold, The Forgiveness of Blood by Laura Kern, The Grey by Laura Kern, The Innkeepers by Laura Kern, Return by Nicolas Rapod, El Sicario, Room 164 by Nicolas Rapold

HOME MOVIES
Our guide for the shut-in cinephile

READINGS
Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer, Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham, Cinema and Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno by Miriam Bratu Hansen, and Living Out Loud by Piper Laurie

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent Film Society events