March/April 2006

Terrence Malick's The New World, David Mamet on likeability, Elaine May by Chuck Stephens, Terry Zwigoff by Howard Hampton, Readers' Poll Rants & Raves, Claude Chabrol's Comedy of Power, Maggie Cheung and Nick Nolte in Clean, Sundance 2005

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ON LIKEABILITY
By David Mamet
Don’t worry, be happy—or else

THE NEW WORLD
By Kent Jones
Terrence Malick’s sublime vision—and its limits

TERRY ZWIGOFF
By Howard Hampton
A cultish curmudgeon’s hidden humanism

JESSICA LANGE
By Kent Jones
The 30-year progress of a fearless actress

TYLER PERRY
By Edward E. Crouse
On the critic-proof Renaissance man

ELAINE MAY
By Chuck Stephens
The empress of American film comedy

GROSSES GLOSS 2005
By Donald Wilson and Roger Smith
The 31st annual box-office rundown plus The Year in Documentary by Paul Arthur

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Distributor Wanted: Mitsuo Yanagimachi’s Who’s Camus Anyway? by Mark Cummins, Channels: 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America by Nicolas Rapold, Flashback: Alex Cox on Red Dawn

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

2005 EXTENDED READERS’ POLL
Plus: Readers’ Comments

FIRST LOOK
Claude Chabrol’s Comedy of Power by Elisabeth Lequeret

SOUND & VISION
Fumio Hayasaka by Chris Chang & Franco Vezzoli’s Trailer For a Remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula by Nathan Lee

OLAF’S WORLD
Experimental Documentarist William E. Jones by Olaf Möller

FESTIVALS
Sundance by Amy Taubin and Gavin Smith, Rotterdam by Chuck Stephens

SCREENINGS
L’Enfant by Richard Combs, Clean by Howard Hampton, Duck Season by Amy Taubin, 4 by Tony Pipolo, The Devil and Daniel Johnston by Paul Arthur

READINGS
American Movie Critics edited by Phillip Lopate, reviewed by Richard Combs

IN BRIEF
Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented the American Independent Film by Marshall Fine, reviewed by Adam Nayman; Re-takes: Postcoloniality & Foreign Film Languages by John Mowitt, reviewed by Chris Chang; Conversations with Great Moviemakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age at the American Film Institute edited by George Stevens Jr., reviewed by Saul Austerlitz

HOME MOVIES
Michael Haneke’s Early Works by Gavin Smith, The Fernando Arrabal Collection by Manuel Yáñez Murillo, Blood and Wine by Chris Chang, A Donald Richie Film Anthology by Chuck Stephens

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent film society events