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January-February 2014

Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Ralph Fiennes's The Invisible Woman, Bruce Dern interview, the Coen Brothers and Scott Rudin, Alain Guiraudie, Orson Welles's Too Much Johnson, Stanley Kauffmann, Ben Wheatley's A Field in England, populism in Hollywood

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the wolf of wall street
By Jonathan Romney
Laughing all the way to the bank: Scorsese tackles a criminal enterprise of a different order and Leo gets to play Pied Piper

The Invisible woman
By Amy Taubin
Ralph Fiennes’s film brings to light the repressed history of the actress who became Charles Dickens’s mistress. Plus: Graham Fuller on the double binds of Victorian values

bruce dern
By Beverly Walker
A cherished character actor explains how he got from there to here and what he did in Nebraska

50 Best Films of the Year Poll20 Best Undistributed Films of the Year Poll • Our Top 10s • State of the Art • The Year in AnimationBlue Jasmine • “Difficult” Films

the hunger games
By Howard Hampton
To have and have not: Hollywood’s take on the rich and the rest

THE coen brothers & Scott rudin
By Harlan Jacobson
A conversation with the makers of Film Comment’s movie of the year, Inside Llewyn Davis

By Jonathan Romney
The many faces of erotic fantasy in the Stranger by the Lake director’s singular cinematic universe


Editor’s Letter

Opening Shots
News, Hot Property: Axelle Ropert’s Miss and the Doctors by Nicolas Rapold, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die: Let’s Go with Pancho Villa, Site Specifics: Seed&Spark by Violet Lucca, Trivial Top 20: Best Road Movies, Restoration Row

Orson Welles’s Too Much Johnson by Geoffrey O’Brien

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Stanley Kauffmann by Phillip Lopate

Visitors by Chris Chang and David Cronenberg by Amy Taubin

Helena Kallianiotes by Chuck Stephens

critics’ choice
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

John Guillermin by Olaf Möller

August: Osage County by Andrew Chan, Labor Day by David Fear, A Field in England by Graham Fuller

Bethlehem by Chris Chang, Big Bad Wolves by Chris Chang, Child’s Pose by Eric Hynes, The German Doctor by Sarah Mankoff, Gloria by Nicolas Rapold, Like Father, Like Son by Nicolas Rapold

Alain Robbe-Grillet by Giovanni Vimercati, The Berlin File by Sarah Mankoff, The Big Gundown by Chuck Stephens, Black Roots by Max Nelson, Far from Vietnam by Patrick Friel, Milius by Frank Ombres, A River Called Titas by Jordan Osterer, Illumination by Dan Sullivan, Riddles of the Sphinx by David Gregory Lawson, Monsters University by David Filipi

Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris, reviewed by Kent Jones; The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School by Marco Abel, reviewed by R. Emmet Sweeney; The Fat Lady Sings by Robert Evans, reviewed by Kevin Canfield; Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Film Culture by Rebecca Prime, reviewed by Noah Isenberg

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The Best Posters of 2013 by Adrian Curry