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July-August 2017

The Safdie Brothers’ Good Time, interview with Robert Pattinson, Bong Joon Ho’s Okja, Cannes at 70 special, David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, Yvonne Rainer, the superhero phenomenon, Barbara Loden’s Wanda and Nathalie Léger’s book, Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats, Andrzej Zulawski’s L’Important c’est d’aimer, Indian indies on Netflix, Jonathan Demme remembered

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Good Time
By Eric Hynes
With a crime tale of two brothers, fraternal filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie take off like a rocket through New York’s mean streets
Plus: an interview with star Robert Pattinson by Nicolas Rapold

By Amy Taubin
Bong Joon Ho’s shape-shifting tale of a girl and her genetically engineered superpig becomes an unflinching look at the industrial meat complex

Chris Marker’s Studio
By Michael Joshua Rowin
The crammed work space of the late French filmmaker yields insights and enigmas

A Ghost Story
By Imogen Sara Smith
Time is malleable and love is a mystery in David Lowery’s entrancing twist on the haunted house movie

Yvonne Rainer
By Violet Lucca
As this standard-bearer of American feminist cinema moved from dance into cinema, she revealed ever more new forms in between

Superhero: Origins
By Nick Pinkerton
A specter haunts Hollywood: with studios apparently unwilling to invest time or money in much else besides Marvel and DC products, we attempt a diagnosis

Suite for Barbara Loden
By David Thomson
The ruminative book by Nathalie Léger about pioneering filmmaker and actress Barbara Loden inspires a critical reflection on creation and pathbreaking


Cannes 2017
By Amy Taubin, Kent Jones, Dennis Lim, and Nicolas Rapold
Four critics weigh in on the notable highs amid the many lows (and middles) at the festival’s 70th edition


THE PRE-SHOW | News, views, conversations, and other things to get worked up about
News, Inspired: Robin Campillo on 120 Beats Per Minute, Release Me: Kantemir Balagov’s Closeness by Nicolas Rapold, Directions: Claire Denis by Nicolas Rapold, Restoration Row: Philippe de Broca’s King of Hearts by Max Nelson, Peevish

Critics rate and comment on new releases

ART AND CRAFT | Filmmaking according to the makers
Location manager Ken Lavet

MAKE IT REAL | The wide, wide world of cinematic nonfiction
A River Below, Risk, and truth by Eric Hynes

FINEST HOUR | One actor, one performance
Martin Balsam in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams by Steven Mears

INSIDE STORIES | Redefining the boundaries of the new-media age
Kentucky Route Zero by Jeff Reichert

THE BIG SCREEN | Reviews of notable new films opening in theaters (hopefully near you)
Beach Rats by Michael Koresky, Person to Person by Margaret Barton-Fumo, L’Important cest daimer by Ela Bittencourt, Marjorie Prime by Ella Taylor

Short Takes: Endless Poetry by Violet Lucca, The Beguiled by Farran Smith Nehme, Strange Weather by Chloe Lizotte, War for the Planet of the Apes by Michael Sragow, Lady Macbeth by Nicolas Rapold

HOME MOVIES | Cinema spun, streamed, and beamed
Indian independents on Netflix by Devika Girish, Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology by Daniel Eagan, Fahrenheit 451 by Geoffrey O’Brien, Lake Bodom by Laura Kern, Law of the Border by Steven Mears, Lost in America by Dan Sullivan, The Quiet American by Michael Sragow, Zaza by Farran Smith Nehme

READINGS | Books about all aspects of filmmaking and film culture
Sélection officielle by Thierry Frémaux, reviewed by Jonathan Romney; Two Cheers for Hollywood: Joseph McBride on Movies by Joseph McBride, reviewed by Jonathan Rosenbaum; Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has by Annette Insdorf, reviewed by Violet Lucca

GRAPHIC DETAIL | The art of the movie poster
Andrzej Klimowski by Adrian Curry